Essay on the Rate of Wages: With an Examination of the Causes of the Differences in the Condition of the Labouring Population Throughout the World

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Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1835 - Wages - 255 pages
 

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Page 169 - It must not be; there is no power in Venice Can alter a decree established: 'Twill be recorded for a precedent; And many an error, by the same example, Will rush into the state: it cannot be.
Page 188 - Hindoostanee language, as well as Persian and Arabic, the senior boys could pass a good examination in English grammar, in Hume's History of England, Joyce's Scientific Dialogues, the use of the globes, and the principal facts and moral precepts of the Gospel, most of them writing beautifully in the Persian, and very tolerably in the English character, and excelling most boys I have met with in the accuracy and readiness of their arithmetic.
Page 149 - ... what rosy gills ! what a beautiful reliance on Providence doth he manifest — taking no more thought than lilies ! What contempt for money — accounting it (yours and mine especially) no better than dross ! What a liberal confounding of those pedantic distinctions of meum and tuum!
Page 149 - What a careless, even deportment hath your borrower ! what rosy gills ! what a Beautiful reliance on Providence doth he manifest — taking no more thought than lilies ! What contempt for money — accounting it (yours and mine especially) no better than dross...
Page 150 - Had you any Frenchmen employed under you ?' — ' Yes ; eight, at two francs a day.' ' What had you a day ?' — ' Twelve francs.' ' Supposing you had had eight English carders under you, how much more work could you have done ?' — ' With one Englishman, I could have done more than I did with those eight Frenchmen. It cannot be called work they do : it is only looking at it, and wishing it done.
Page 185 - India, as well in arts and manufactures as in agriculture, that every mechanic and artisan not only conducts the whole process of his arts, from the formation of his tools to the sale of his production ; but, where husbandry is so simple a process, turns cultivator for the support of himself and family. He thus divides his time and labour, between the loom and the plough; thereby multiplying occupations fatal to the improvement of either.
Page 73 - The hand-loom weavers,' says Dr. Kay, speaking of those living in Mancheater, • labour fourteen hours and upwards daily, and earn only from five to seven or eight shillings per week. They consist chiefly of Irish, and are affected by all the causes of moral and physical depression which we have enumerated. Ill-fed, ill'Clothed, half-sheltered, and ignorant — weaving in close, damp cellars, or crowded, ill-ventilated workshops — it only remains that they should become, as is too frequently the...
Page 43 - If they are ex' ported, the landlord will obtain an equivalent ' for them in English commodities ; if they are ' not, he will obtain an equivalent for them in Irish ' commodities ; so that in both cases the landlord ' lives on the cattle, or on the value of the cattle : ' and whether he lives in Ireland or in England, ' there is obviously just the very same amount of ' commodities for the people of Ireland to subsist
Page 187 - ... the children of the poor. One of their men of rank has absolutely promised to found a college at Burdwan, with one of our Missionaries at its head, and where little children should be clothed and educated under his care. All this is very short indeed of embracing Christianity themselves, but it proves how completely those feelings are gone by, in Bengal at least, which made even the presence of a single Missionary the occasion of tumult and alarm. I only hope that no imprudence, or over-forwardness...
Page 188 - They are sober, indus-^ trious, dutiful to their parents, and affectionate to their children, of tempers almost uniformly gentle and patient, and more easily affected by kindness and attention to their wants and feelings than almost any men whom I have met with.

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