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The Whistler at the Plough: Containing Travels, Statistics and Descriptions of Scenery and Agricultural Customs in Most Parts of England

By Alexander Somerville and Keith D.M. Snell


New edition in facsimile of the 1852 Ainsworth original. Edited with an introduction and bibliography of the works of Alexander Somerville by Keith D.M. Snell. Somerville traveled around England in 1846-7 writing on the state of the countryside for the Morning Chronicle. His account, which is compulsive reading, tells of unsecured tenants and labourers living in abject poverty and fearing to make improvements on the land they farmed for fear of increased rents.This book is available from Merlin Press at

Publisher: Merlin Press
Year: 1989
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