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1862c Econ/Des/Mould


Matthew, P. The greatest national evil remedy. Farmer’s Magazine, Ser. 3 Vol 22 (1862, Jul-Dec), p.298-9

(Article dated Aug 15)
Matthew recaps the reasons for why the British land tenancy system is “evil”, including its negative effect on the “vegetable mould”. He proposes a new solution to remedy this: “My scheme is merely this: That land retained under the present system, repressive of improvement, should be taxed doable of that under a system affording full protection to improvement”.

The piece starts with another reference to the utility of evil as something designed for a purpose: “In nature evil has its vocation — exists as necessary to good”.

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