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An appeal to the county of Lancaster, on the present scarcity. By Francis Chalmer, of Liverpool, corn merchant & miller, who was deputed to represent the sufferers by importation of foreign corn in 1796 in Liverpool and the outports of England and Scotland. Dedicated to Colonel Stanley, representative of the County of Lancaster.
[Liverpool?] printed in 1800. 8vo., xiii + (1) + 15 - 92pp., the title-page and final text leaf a little soiled, inner margin of title strengthened (not touching printed surface), well bound in 20th century green half cloth over marbled boards, spine gilt lettered. A good copy. First edition: one of two variant issues without priority. Both very scarce with copies recorded by ESTC only at BL + NLW + Bodleian + Manchester Central Lib. and at Kress + Johns Hopkins + Kansas (Spencer) + Columbia + Minnesota. Francis Chalmer (b. 1755 in Liverpool) seems to have been a partner of Hamer Gaskell trading between Liverpool and the West Indies. He made a humiliating excursion into politics in 1802 when he stood against Isaac Gascoyne and Banastre Tarleton, the sitting Members, in the Parliamentary election for the Liverpool constituency when he gathered a paltry 31 votes. He was then described as a tobacco broker and printer and posed as a champion of the poor. In the present essay, Chalmer, not surprisingly, advocates a free trade in corn. 'The writer appeals to his countrymen ..... for the exclusion of all government interference in the corn trade; to obtain for the certainty of the merchants importers a positive rule for their conduct in importation, so that they may again venture as boldly as they formerly used to do for the supply of their friends, neighbours and country-men and country-women and children, so as that they may have a belly-full of good and cheap bread, as they always had before the interference of government in the corn trade' [p.87].
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