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- Edition: February 3, 1844 February 3, 1844
Their own organs, from time to time, gave out that in each and every county visited by the League, the farmers attended their meetings, and joined in a vote condemnatory of the corn laws, and pledged themselves to vote thereafter for none but the candidates of the Anti-Corn Law League! The following are specimens of the flattering appellations which had till now been bestowed, upon their new friends, upon these selfsame farmers:— "bull-frogs!" "chaw-bacons!" "clod-poles!" "hair-bucks!" "deluded-slaves!" "brute-drudges!" Now however, they and their labourers were addressed in terms of respectful sympathy and flattery, as the victims of the rapacity of the landlords—on whom were poured the full phials of Anti-Corn Law wrath.
The following are some of the scalding drops let fall upon their devoted heads:—"Monster of impiety!" "inhuman fiend!" heartless brutes!" rapacious harpies!" "relentless demons!" "plunderers of the people!" "merciless footpads!" "murderers!" "swindlers!" "insatiable!" "insolent!" "flesh-mongering!" "scoundrel!" "law-making landlords!" " a bread taxing oligareby!" Need we say that the authors of these very choice and elegant expressions were treated with utter contempt by both landlords and tenants—always making the few allowances above referred to?
Was it very likely that the landlord or the farmer should quit their honourable and important avocations at the bidding of such creatures as had thus intruded themselves into their counties? Should consent to be voked to the car, or to follow in the train of these enlightedned, disinterested, and philanthropic cotton-spinners and calico printers? Absurd! It became, in fact, daily more obvious to even the most unreflecting, that these worthies were not likely to be engaged in their "labours of love;" were not exactly the kind of persons to desert their own businesses, to attend out of pure benevolence to that of others—to let succumb their own interests to promote those of others; to subscribe out of the gains which they had wring from their unhappy factory slaves their £10, £20, £30, £50, out of mere public spirit and philanthropy .—"Position and prospects of the government," in Blackwood's Magazine.