We have the landowner first, who is always becoming richer. . . . But if you come to the laborers, who cultivate the land, by whose toils and whose sweat your tables are furnished with bread and with beef and with many other things that they produce, you find these laborers at this moment, I believe, at a comparatively greater distance from the landlord . . . than they were at any former period.
— JOHN BRIGHT, Speech at Birmingham, January 26, 1864.