We are fully aware that there exists in the minds of many persons a vague apprehension, that if the present laws relating to landed property were to be disturbed, evils of the most malignant character would invade the society of Britain. Nothing could be more absurd, more puerile, more dastardly. The very same fears have prevailed with regard to every other change that has taken place.
— PATRICK EDWARD DOVE, Theory of Human Progression (1850),
Chap. III., Sec. 3, pp. 294-5 (Edition of 1895).