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Corn Laws


Pitt meanwhile in the dining-room, with a pamphlet on the Corn Laws or a Missionary Register by his side, took that kind of recreation which suits romantic and unromantic men after dinner.
William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  import tariffs adopted in England in 1815 to keep foreign competition from reducing corn prices in England; resulted in riots because it helped corn-growing land owners at the expense of the working class
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The repeal of these laws in 1846 was a milestone for free-trade advocates.
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  • Pitt meanwhile in the dining-room, with a pamphlet on the Corn Laws or a Missionary Register by his side, took that kind of recreation which suits romantic and unromantic men after dinner.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • …there it was with a broken window and there was I for six weeks with a swelled face—I think that was the very same hackney coach, that we found out afterwards, had the top open all the time, and we should never even have known it, if they hadn’t charged us a shilling an hour extra for having it open, which it seems is the law, or was then, and a most shameful law it appears to be—I don’t understand the subject, but I should say the Corn Laws could be nothing to THAT act of Parliament.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
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