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Commons (S443: 1891)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A letter sent to Land and Labour, and printed on page 2 of its November 1891 issue. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S443.htm

Our President, Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace, writes:--

     "I think it would be a good thing if you could get some local residents in the wilder districts to look up the Enclosure Act of their parish or district, and see how much land has been nominally enclosed and rendered private property and yet left waste for twenty, thirty, or forty years till it becomes valuable as building land. Enclosures were all made on the ground that the land would be cultivated, labour employed, and food produced. In scores of cases this has not been done, and the enclosure has thus been obtained on false pretences. Facts of this kind would be valuable to lay before the next Parliament with a demand for the restoration of all such land to the people."

     This suggestion is well worthy to be acted on. Will friends please bear it in mind?

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