I should have thought the question about raising rents had been, to your own knowledge, enough answered by me. I have in several, if not in many places, declared the entire system of rent-paying to be an abomination and wickedness of the foulest kind, and have only ceased insisting on that fact of late years, because I would not be counted among the promoters of mob violence. The future, not only of England, but of Christendom, must issue in abolition of rents, but whether with confusion or slaughter, or by action of noble and resolute men in the rising generation of England and her colonies, remains to be decided. I fear the worst, and that soon.
—Ruskin, letter written Dec. 11, 1886.