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"Co-operation seems to me fully to deserve all the enthusiasm which has gathered about it. . . . If it is successful it will work a beneficent, social, and economic revolution of the widest scope-a revolution moreover so conducted as to leave no heritage of suffering and no aggravation of bitterness behind."-Bishop Lightfoot.
"I am one of those who like to see a great variety in the size of holdings, especially a liberal proportion of small or moderate holdings. I have always regretted
the tendency, in some cases almost a mania, for absorbing small holdings by consolidation. . . . I trust the distress may produce, among other good fruit, a return to a better balanced judgment about the size of farms.
Nor can I abandon the
hope of an era when we shall see a great extension of fruit, vegetable, and even flower culture, as part of our agricultural system, with an increased demand for more labour."-Rt. Hon. W. E. Gladstone, M.P., "Letter to Mr. Joseph Arch."
A RECORD OF
FACTS AND EXPERIMENTS IN COTTAGE
CHARLES WILLIAM STUBBS, M.A.,
VICAR OF GRANBOROUGH, AUTHOR OF VILLAGE POLITICS," ETC.
W. SWAN SONNENSCHEIN & CO.,
S. Soc. S.
24754. e. 5.
THE two quotations which I have placed opposite the title-page of this book-one from an address by the Bishop of Durham to the Cooperative Congress at Newcastle, and the other from a letter by the Prime Minister to Mr. Joseph Arch-sufficiently indicate, I think, the purpose which I have mainly in view in the publication of the following pages.
In the prospect of early Land Legislation, this expression of Mr. Gladstone's opinion with regard to the merits of Small Farming in England is most important, and is indeed likely to meet with frequent quotation, during the discussions of the next Parliamentary sessions, by those Land Reformers, to whom, like myself, a radical revision of the English Land Laws