Engraved membership card for the National Anti-Corn-Law League, completed in autograph ink for Mr. Robt. Waller, member 24,388 and endorsed by Manchester anti-Corn Law activist John Brindle. Anti-Corn-Law League.

Engraved membership card for the National Anti-Corn-Law League, completed in autograph ink for Mr. Robt. Waller, member 24,388 and endorsed by Manchester anti-Corn Law activist John Brindle.

[Manchester? n. p., ca. 1838-1846]. Broadside on card stock, approx. 4.5 x 6 inches. Engraved vignette, "Stephenson & Royston Del. & Sc." Small perhaps one-eighth inch light red stain to the engraved banner; overall dust soiling; in good, sound condition. Item #14728

An attractive ephemeral relic of the political fight against trade restrictions on grains in England, an important early free trade movement, here decorated with an engraved vignette of a starving family (including a babe at the breast) gazing upward upon a banner inscribed with the device, "Give us this day our daily bread." The National Anti-Corn-Law League was an early example of organizing labor for social and political ends (for instance, see Pickering & Tyrell's The people's bread: a history of the Anti-Corn Law League, where Brindle gets passing mention for his role in the parallel Manchster local Anti-Corn-Law Association, which evidently acted as a means to distance the League from controversial political decisions).

Price: $225.00

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