An Essay on the Distribution of Wealth, and on the Sources of Taxation

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General Books, 2013 - 110 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ... section V. On Labor Rents in Livonia and Esthonia. The state of the peasantry in Livonia is renoon 1. L I, .. Chap. ii. markable, because it presents the results ot a deh Sect. 5. berate experiment on the best means of gradually Labor converting a serf tenantry into a race of freemen. Rents in Till the reign of Alexander the condition of.Livonia and Esthonia. the Livonian peasantry was similar to that of the Russian slave. The servile condition of the cultivators had attracted some attention under the Empress Catharine, and she had encouraged the men of letters in her dominions to communicate their ideas on the best means of gradually modifying it. M. de Boltin, M. de Kaisarof, and M. de Stromovsky, successively wrote upon the subject. The work of the last written in Polish was translated into Russian: it entered into a detailed account of the measures proper to prepare and forward what was treated as a great and useful reform. Nor were these notions confined to literarv men, or to individuals. In 1805 the whole body of proprietors in Esthonia agreed among themselves on some preliminary regulations for the peasantry on their estates, which, it was avowed, were meant to pave the way to their ultimate emancipation. These regulations received a formal sanction from the Em-BooK r to a different system; and if the dilapidation of the stock could be effectually guarded against, it most probably would do so..... Chap. ii. peror. The alterations in Livonia began a year sect. 5. earlier, and seem to have originated in minds equally alive to the importance of a change, and to the Rents in practical reasons for its being effected gradually. EsXmiamd Their object appears to have been, to elevate the serf by degrees, and while that elevation was in...

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