1823: Government Finances and Freer Trade

  • Barry Gordon


As the year opened the signs of a definite revival of the economy were becoming more evident. Manufacturing employment continued to expand, wages rose, expectations improved and new capital developments were undertaken in the industrial towns. After December 1822 corn prices began to rise and at harvests the yield from agriculture was once again abundant. By mid-year it was possible to believe that at last the long-awaited era of continuing post-war prosperity might have actually dawned. There was a notable decline of popular agitation in rural areas for parliamentary action.1


Political Economy Freer Trade Government Finance Manufacture Employment National Debt 


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  1. 8.
    On Coleridge see W. F. Kennedy, Humanist Versus Economist: The Economic Thought of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1958)Google Scholar
  2. and J. A. Colmer, Coleridge: Critic of Society (Oxford: Clarendon, 1959).Google Scholar
  3. On Maurice, see K. S. Inglis, Churches and the Working Classes in Victorian England (London: Routledge, 1963 )Google Scholar
  4. and Stephen Mayor, The Churches and the Labour Movement ( London: Independent, 1967 ).Google Scholar

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© Barry Gordon 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry Gordon
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  1. 1.University of NewcastleAustralia

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