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Young England : the medieval spirit in an industrial age, 1842-1850 Smith, David Lloyd 1984

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YOUNG ENGLAND THE MEDIEVAL SPIRIT IN AN INDUSTRIAL AGE:  1842 - 1850  By DAVID LLOYD SMITH B.A.,'The U n i v e r s i t y o f B r i t i s h Columbia, 1982  A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL PULFILLMENT OE THE REQUIREMENTS POR THE DEGREE OE MASTER OE ARTS  in THE FACULTY OE GRADUATE STUDIES (Department o f H i s t o r y )  We a c c e p t t h i s t h e s i s as conforming t o the r e q u i r e d  standard  THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA June 1984 _>David  L l o y d Smith, 1984  In p r e s e n t i n g  t h i s t h e s i s i n p a r t i a l f u l f i l m e n t of  requirements f o r an advanced degree a t the  the  University  o f B r i t i s h Columbia, I agree that the L i b r a r y s h a l l make it  f r e e l y a v a i l a b l e f o r reference  and  study.  I  further  agree t h a t p e r m i s s i o n f o r e x t e n s i v e copying of t h i s t h e s i s f o r s c h o l a r l y purposes may  be  department o r by h i s or her  granted by  the head o f  representatives.  my  It i s  understood t h a t copying or p u b l i c a t i o n of t h i s t h e s i s f o r f i n a n c i a l gain  s h a l l not be  allowed without my  permission.  Department o f  H i ST  bfs^  The U n i v e r s i t y o f B r i t i s h 1956 Main Mall Vancouver, Canada V6T 1Y3 Date  DE-6  (3/81)  z\  -zwne  vqcftU-  Columbia  written  ABSTRACT  This thesis i s an analysis of the writings and parliamentary activity of the Young England movement of the 1840s.  Though dismissed by many historians  as being oJeil-intentioned but whimsically romantic, the movement, in fact, offered solutions to the dislocating effects of the Industrial Revolution which were often advanced for their time.  Composed of young noblemen,  under the titular leadership of Benjamin Disraeli, Young England sought to adapt the organic ideology of the Medieval Revivalists (Cobbett, Coleridge, Southey, and so on) to the realities of an industrialized society.  The  Young Englanders, on the whole, opposed the atomistic tendencies of laissezfaire Liberalism, and supported such progressive measures as the protection of the working conditions and hours of labour of the industrial worker, government sponsorship of agricultural allotments for the labouring poor, sanitary reform, and publicly-funded parks, museums, gardens, libraries, and baths which would be free and accessible to a l l .  Though the movement f e l l  apart over the Maynooth controversy and the repeal of the Corn Laws, several of i t s members continued to advocate Young England schemes until the end of the decade, at the very least.  ii  Contents  ABSTRACT  i i  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS  v  INTRODUCTION  1  1  Chapter One: Young England and the Historians  7  2  Chapter Two: The Contemporary Response to Young England  15  3  Chapter Three:  44  4  Chapter Four:  Young England and the Sacred Trust  54  5  Chapter Five:  Young England and the Machine  71  Young England and the Medieval Revival  CONCLUSION  101  END NOTES  106  BIBLIOGRAPHY  118  APPENDIX I Young England in Parliament: A Representative Voting Record  iii  124  List of Tables  Young England in Parliament: (Appendix I)  A Representative Voting Record  iv  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS  I would like to thank my Thesis Advisor, Dr. James Winter, for his encouragement, patience and guidance over the last two years, my wife, Senna, for her patience and for typing out my rough drafts, and Garth Wilson for his kindness in proof-reading the various drafts.  v  Introduction  [Young England came from a time when] golden youth might be seen with their shirt collars turned down living on biscuits and soda water a la Byron. 1 Alexander Baillie-Cochrane, 1890  "A hell of a fellow i s Young England, and has handsome language at command, as also very gentlemanly clothes and most respectable hats." - John Mitchell, a "contemporary Young Irelander, about2to be transported for his ideals."  It cannot be said that Young England left an indelible mark on the legislation or social l i f e of Victorian England. has remarked,  As Disraeli's biographer, E.T. Raymond,,,  "It left no mark on the statute book.  effect on the course of social development.""^ attention. the  It produced  definitive  Yet, the movement i s worthy of  As Raymond went on to add, i t s spirit "did not wholly perish from  minds of men."  Even Robert Blake, who i s generally harsh on Young  England, says much the same thing.  The Young Englanders, he asserts, must  be regarded as symbols and examples that lend an imaginative glow to the dull course of party politics; showing that there are other ways to fame than conformism, diligence, and calculation; showing that a gesture, however absurd i t may^seem to contemporaries, may sometimes live longer than many Blue Books. This s p i r i t , anti-Utilitarian, anti-laissez-faire, and interventionist in i t s compassion for the labouring poor, emerged from the Romantic Medievalist revival of early nineteenth century Britain.  What makes Young England unique  from other Medievalists, was i t s advocacy in Parliament of the organic principles i t held so dear.  Often, these principles were as hopelessly  anachronistic as c r i t i c s have contended.  On the other hand (and this has been  ignored by a majority of scholars who have touched on the movement). Young 1  England  attempted to make i t s ideals compatible with an industrial age.  In fact, the kinds of criticisms the Young Englanders levelled at atomistic social and economic values, coupled with their acceptance of the dynamics of a machine society, make them, in some indirect ways, the forbears .'-of those who implemented the British welfare state.  Initially, however, i t i s necessary to define the boundaries of investigation.  What exactly was Young England?  Who were i t s members?  How does one  define something as nebulous as a loose combination of Parliamentary "dandies It could, of course, be argued that Young England was never more than an idea without substance, a convenient magnet to attract anti-Peelite sentiment or a band of na'ifs, manipulated by the unscrupulous Disraeli.  Yet,uthe  evidence clearly suggests that the movement did have an existence beyond that of a giddy cabal of disgruntled backbenchers and idealistic young aristocrats.  Young England had i t s genesis in the friendship between three young members  of the nobility who had been at Cambridge together, Lord John  Manners, the Hon. George Sydney Smythe, and Alexander Baillie-Cochrane. In October, 1842, Smythe and Cochrane met the maverick M.P.,  Benjamin  Disraeli, in Paris and negotiated with him an agreement to form a party to advocate in Parliament the Romantic-Medievalist ideals they a l l shared. Smythe put i t in a letter to Manners,  As  "We have settled, subject to your  approval, to s i t together, and to vote together, the majority deciding."^ In a later letter, he added,  "It i s ... arranged that you, I, Diz., and  Kok [Cochrane] shall vote, and Henry Baillie, i f he will come into the plan."  Besides these, he proposed that Quinton Dick, Henry Hope, Richard  Hodgeson, Milnes, and others would vote with the party attachment to Diz." ^  "out of personal  Other names have been associated with the movement,  including three M.P.s  who were personal friends of Manners and Co.:  Irish landowner, Stafford O'Brien, the Tory-Radical, W.B. the Tory-Romantic, Peter Borthwick.  the  Ferrand, and  Outside Parliament, the "irascible  Russophobe", David Urquhart and John Walter II, the proprietor of The Times, gave solid support to the movement. For a while, in fact, Disraeli and Cochrane seriously considered making Walter the titular head of Young England.^  Initially, Disraeli had grandiose plans to create a party of some size. As Cochrane wrote to Manners, D'I's head i s f u l l of great movements, vast combinations, the importance of numbers... . As I t e l l him, and must reiterate, supposing his views were carried out, that the Quinton Dicks, the Dick Hodgesons, and the Dicky Milnes, a l l these several Richards cum multis a l i i s of a l l nations, climes, and ages in number sixty should combine, give us the fulfillment of our hopes that we vote together steadily, ... above a l l petty jealousies, party views, and interests, how are our projects promoted? Why the moment a party exceeds that number in which personal sympathies and affections bind men to each other, and induce them to make sacrifices of views and opinions for the advantage of combination, why that instant the principle of disillusion i S g C a l l e d forth, and the toy falls to pieces amid ridicule and contempt. It was Cochrane's view that prevailed, and the party was limited to the four original members. As Manners's biographer, Charles Whibley, puts i t ,  "There  was no compulsion upon any [of their sympathisers] to vote with the party, and even the leaders strenuously reserved to themselves the right of public 11 judgement."  Furthermore, "To say they professed a practical policy would  be to misunderstand them.  They did not aim at a policy; they professed to  12 cherish ideals."  These ideals included conditional property rights, a  desire to refurbish traditional institutions, a mild Tractarianism, and a concept of an organic state. In a fundamental sense, then, Young England was a small group of four intimates who shared a common faith in High Toryism, and a common distrust of Sir Robert Peel's brand of Liberal-Conservativism. 3  However, as a movement  that .'.'cherished ideals" rather than aimed "at policy", i t s boundaries were, naturally, fluid.  In fact, the Medieval Revival of the 1840s had touched the  sensibilities of many of the younger Tory M.P.s who, like Young England, often sought to adapt traditional institutions to a machine age:  the Milnes,  Borthwicks, et a l .  A table of parliamentary divisions from 1842-50, on issues of political importance, or of particular interest to Young England, provides a model with which to examine the movement [Appendix I ] . It i s important to note the limited  number of personalities involved.  Some supposed allies of Young Eng-  land such as Henry Baillie and Quinton Dick voted so often against the Young England grain that they do not even appear on the table.  And though i t does  reveal a large degree of personal idiosyncracy in voting patterns, i t nevertheless  points to a general concurrence on most issues.  almost invariably voted the same way.  Manners and Disraeli  Cochrane.,-when, he did vote, supported his  colleagues on the important issues of the new Poor Law and factory legislation. Smythe generally supported the others, except on the issue of factory legislation, a fact explained by his increasingly strong predilection for the principles of Free Trade and Political Economy.  On the periphery, O'Brien,  Eerrand, Milnes and Borthwick voted alongside Young England with a degree of regularity.  Ferrand's loyalty was particularly remarkable.  He was on the  best of terms with the movement and, on one occasion, Disraeli, Smythe and Manners defended his honour after he had been ejected from the Commons 13 for some verbal indiscretions.  Yet, i t would be unwise to call him a  Young Englander, since most historians refer to him as a North country Tory-Radical, with close links to Richard Oastler and the Ten Hours Movement. And though Young England and Tory-Radicalism were closely associated, the two should not be confused.  The latter was the spirit of  the North country squirearchy, the former was that of Cambridge-educated, 4  aristocratic youth.  As for Milnes, though in this period he was imbued  with the Young England s p i r i t , and would "hover around" Young England "half-fascinated, half-frightened and intensely jealous of Smythe who, as 14he rightly suspected, regarded him as a figure of fun," call him a Young Englander?  could one truly  In 1847, after being satirized in Disraeli's  Tancred, he took his revenge by slashing Disraeli's Young England novels in the Whig Edinburgh Review, and by writing satiric verses lampooning the' movement's archaic preoccupations.'^ The best approach, then, appears to be to concentrate on the core of the movement, Manners, Smythe, Disraeli, and Cochrane, but, when occasion demands i t , not to ignore the existence of,"the periphery: those M.P.s  who voted  consistently with Young England and who addressed the same concerns in their speeches.  A longer study than this one could, perhaps, attempt a  thorough analysis of the Romantic-Medievalist spirit as i t was exemplified in the  Parliament of the 1840s.  Attention should be drawn to the two divisions at the bottom of the table, the f i r s t concerned with the 1845 grant of public funds to the Catholic seminary at Maynooth, Ireland, and the second with the 1846 repeal of the Corn Laws. Both were highly divisive issues at the time, and they crippled Young England.  Certainly, after the repeal of the Corn Laws,  with Smythe, Cochrane and Milnes going in one direction, and the others going in the opposite direction, the movement as such ceased to exist. Nevertheless, i t would be a mistake to neglect completely the succeeding years.  Certainly, in the area of industrial relations, many of the Young  Englanders, both of the core and the periphery, voted in tandem on major pieces of legislation.  In other words, between 1842 and 1850, Young  England matured, going from an earnest but unreal Medievalism to an  intelligent  oJlo.pTaVrt>n  with the age.  of organic principles so as to make them harmonious  They recognized that, i f poverty could not be alleviated  through a revival of monastic institutions, there was no alternative to the state, even i f this meant an increase in centralization. these necessary compromises, Young England gressive  proved .  Through  to be more pro-  than their c r i t i c s have maintained.  What follows i s not a complete analysis of Young England.  A thorough  history of the movement would include chapters on their historical vision, and on their attitudes to the nature of government and representation: ment, democracy, the role of the monarchy, and so on.  Parlia-  Attention will be  limited to the areas where Young England had practical solutions to offer to social and economic problems:  particularly, industrialism,:.land  relations,  and what many contemporaries saw as the era's aridness and lack of spontaneity.  6  Chapter One:  Young England and the Historians  The British Parliamentary movement of the 1840s known as Young England has generally received short shrift from historians of the nineteenth century. Whether of the Whig, Marxist or Conservative schools, historians have either ignored Young England or have dismissed i t as being composed of immature noblemen possessed with an anachronistic desire to regain aristocratic ascendency over British l i f e through the application of a dreamy, unreal feudalism.  Only a few scholars have chosen to take a more generous view of  Young England.  Unfortunately, even these latter have written about the  movement only within larger contexts (e_£. biographies of Benjamin Disraeli and works on the nineteenth century medieval revival), and to date there has been no systematic academic treatment of Young England alone.  It i s the contention of this thesis that this neglect has been occasioned by a widespread lack of comprehension of, or sympathy with, the movement's remedies for Britain's problems.  Relying on poetry, novels, parliamentary  papers, journal and newspaper articles, and memoirs, i t will be argued that, underlying Young England's "medieval bric-a-brac" i s a solid foundation of intelligent thought that developed into a perspicacious condemnation of laissez-faire industrial society.  In place of the Liberal social and  economic vision, Young England offered an alternative which was no less rational, realizable, or compelling.  It i s curious, then, that a large number of the major scholary texts of nineteenth century British history completely ignore the Young England phenomenom. Among these are some of the great names of the field.  R.K.  Webb in Modern England; from the Eighteenth Century to the Present has a 7  chapter on Peel's decade, but he does not mention Young England. does Trevelyan in British History:  Nor  2 1782-1919, G.M. Young in Early  Victorian England: Portrait of an Age,^Anthony Wood in Nineteenth Century 4 5 Britain, 1815-1914, nor Asa Briggs in The Age of Improvement.- The Hammonds in Age of the Chartists: 1832-1854 f a i l to mention Young England by name, though they do make a passing reference to Lord John Manners, the main spokesman of the movement. Having acknowledged that, Middle Ages  "In England, in the  the Church took care, so far as care was taken, of the  destitute and the sick," they add in a foot-note:  "Lord John Manners  would have liked to revert to this system."^  In more recent years, the Conservative historian, Norman Gash, makes no mention of Young.England in his two broad surveys of early Victorian politics, Reaction and Reconstruction in English Politics, and Politics in the Age of Peel, though his Peel biography does make a brief but not unfavourable comment on the movement: [An] ... independent and c r i t i c a l group of idealists known as Young England whose ideas were an attractive and youthful compound of romantic High Churchmanship, feudal sympathy for the industrial poor, and veneration for an imaginary past. As a fervent admirer of Sir Robert Peel, Young England's bete noire, Gash has, of course, no reason to look kindly on the movement; nevertheless, his scant treatment of i t in works devoted to Parliamentary politics in the age of Peel does appear odd.  Another group of scholars are those who either mention Young England only briefly, or who misunderstand the movement. The major misinterpretation of Young England, stemming no doubt from a merely superficial perusal of the facts, i s the claim that i t was hostile to the Victorian middle classes. Halevy in The Age of Peel and Cobden, for instance, claims that Young England  8  showed [an]... understanding of the workers' claims when they invited the ruling class to be reconciled with the poor, and form a common,^ front with them against the selfishness of the lower middle class. Walter L. Arnstein in Britain, Yesterday and Today:  1830 to the Present,  agrees with this, though he i s less sympathetic: Disraeli's "Young England" movement had looked back to an idealised patriarchal rural England in which paternalistic landlords had earned the faithful service of devoted farmers and servants and only the moneygrubbing middle-class merchants or industrialists played the role of villains.11 W.F. Monypenny in his biographical work, Life of Disraeli, also makes this error of interpretation, claiming, "Young England had an antipathy to the 12 middle classes."  Even E.V. Woodward, in an astute and lengthy description  of Young England in Age of Reform, comments: Smythe and Manners believed that there was a chance of avoiding revolution i f upper and lower classes came together to resist radicals and manufacturers.13 There i s , in fact, strong evidence against this prevalent misconception which will be detailed in a later chapter.  The origin of this error seems to l i e  in confusing Young England's hostility to laissez-faire economics with hostility toward the class which were supposed to embrace this ideology of the cash nexus.  Another attitude among many historians i s to adopt a patronising and dismissive tone toward Young England.  This i s seen particularly in  complacent remarks concerning the so-called romantic impracticality of the movement. The historians who strike this pose, however, generally claim to be sympathetic to Young England's idealism.  Monypenny, for example, claims that  the minds of Young England were fertile in ideas, some of them too picturesque, perhaps, to be practical, but a l l of them noble and disinterested.14 Robert Blake, a recent Disraeli biographer, i s as sympathetic, but somewhat more dismissive.  Having described Young England (along with Tractarianism and 9  the Gothic revival) as "the reaction of a defeated class to a sense of i t s 15  own defeat - a sort of nostalgic escape from the disagreeable present," he adds that at least the movement had i t s heart in the right place: The movement should not be dismissed as wholly ineffective. It was not a bad thing that some generous young men should declare the owners of property to have duties as well as privileges. 16 Blake, however, finds nothing of value in Young England's advocacy of medieval values: And i f the movement was mixed up with a good deal of ecclesiastical flummery, medieval bric-a-brac and gothic rubbish, did this really do anyone any harm?: 16 Another scholar, David Roberts, shares this condescending attitude, though he approaches Young England from a different political perspective.  In his  work, Paternalism in Early Victorian England, Roberts claims that "Young 18 England... was as fragile as the myths i t dabbled i n . "  Nevertheless, he  too finds things to admire in the movement: There was much that was humane and wise in the vision of these youthful and sanguine l i t e r a t i . . Given their own assumptions, theirs was net an inconsistent social theory. One could both attack a centralising poor law and vote economic favours to landowners i f one believed landowners would use large rents for schools and clothing clubs, and their greater local power for the kinder and more intelligent relief of the poor. 19  It i s , of course, foolish to believe that aristocrats are necessarily more charitably inclined than manufacturers; and doubtless Roberts would be correct in accusing Young England of dabbling in fragile myths, i f i t was true that the movement really believed this.  In fact, Roberts forgets that  Young England, though their social philosophy was both hierarchical and based on the constitutional importance of land, never claimed that contemporary aristocrats were morally superior to the rest of their countrymen.  Rather,  Manners, Smythe, Disraeli and company claimed that the aristocracy had betrayed England's ancient constitutional principles, and, more important, had abandoned an organic, Christian Zeitgeist in favour of a society predicated on atomism and the cash nexus. 10  A similar criticism of Young England is advanced by Charles H. Kegel. Discussing the relationship between Lord John Manners and the Medieval Revival, Kegel sees Manners as a romantic reactionary who lacked the social insights of Ruskin and William Morris.  Manners, he claimed, failed to understand the  gigantic p o l i t i c a l , economic, religious, and sociological changes which were taking place around him... . Manners attempted to revivify something which was dead - irretrievably so. [He] recognised neither the need nor the desirability of historical development.20 Kegel also claims that though Manners sympathised with the plight of nineteenth 21 century labourers, he had none for their political rights-  This is debatable.  So, for that matter, i s Kegel's claim that the Romantic poet Southey's 22 politics are "sheer reaction", medievalism at i t s worst.  Martin Winner in his recent work, English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit, states that the cultural assault on the industrial spirit did not truly get underway until the time of the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851.  As for Young England, he has only this to say: The trajectory of admiration for material progress had reached an apogee in the 1850s. After 1851, and especially from the sixties, currents of thought and sentiment began to flow in another direction - not toward the simplistic rejection [italics mine] of the Young England writers or Pugin, but toward the domestication of the industrial revolution.23  A good deal of the rejection of Young England seems to have i t s roots in one poem by Lord John Manners, and the manner in which this poem has been misinterpreted exemplifies perfectly how a superficial comprehension of Young England's medievalism can lead to distortion.  Written in Manners's late  teens, the poem contains this notorious couplet: Let wealth and commerce, laws and learning die, But leave us s t i l l our old nobility.24  Ever since i t was lampooned in 1844 by Punch, these lines have haunted the reputation of Young England, making i t appear ludicrous to many, and colouring the judgement of historians.  The l i t e r a l i s t approach to the often florid 11  romantic writings of Young England has, in fact, been the movement's nemesis. However, some historians have risen to the defence.  Woodward i s especially  perceptive: If the lines ... are considered in relation to the coalmining industry, the law under Eldon, and learning at Oxford and Cambridge in the reign of William IV, their meaning i s not altogether ridiculous.25 Generally, Woodward admires Young England.  Despite his erroneous belief that  the movement was hostile to manufacturers, he does make some telling points. He states (as, incidentally, does Blake) that Young England "had a 2 parliamentary importance out of proportion to i t s influence in the country." Furthermore, Manners's criticism of the "greasiness" of free-traders was not mere snobbery and there was some reason in his judgement that "nothing but monastic institutions can christianize Manchester." ... His solution of the problems of Industrial England has been described as a "curious mixture of public baths, public open spaces, and church festivals," yet i t was no bad thing to insist upon the responsibilities of wealth, and at a time when the emphasis of religion lay upon the duties of the poor, toipoint out that poor men had a right to the external conditions of happiness.27  Two other scholars write on Young England in a similarly positive vein. Surprisingly, i t i s Andre Maurois in his popular biography of Disraeli who seems to have a deeper understanding than a good number of the professional historians.  Like the others, he begins by mocking the rarified feudalism of  much of Young England's rhetoric, describing Manners as "a Lancelot lost in 28 a world of machinery."  Yet, he then goes on to claim that,beneath the  flowery day-dreaming, Young England was not a reactionary movement: But not everybody laughed. The four friends [Young England] went in company to Manchester, and a working-class audience gave them a good reception. Manners and Smythe held long conversations with manufacturers, and recognised that ... most of them were humane men. There lay the elements for a new feudalism, i f only i t could recognize i t s duties. To declaim against industry was dull and contrived. The task was to win over the youth of industrialism to the beliefs of popular conservatism.29 But Maurois failed to pursue this interesting line of inquiry.  12  The second commentator, Alice Chandler, agrees with Maurois's judgement. In her work on the nineteenth century Medieval Revival, A Dream of Order, she perceives Young England as a humanising force in an age of vast social dislocation.  On Manners's proposals, she comments  [His] recommendations had a deeper significance ... , for he was placing the Romantic regret for the loss of joy in a social framework and reminding his audience (like Matthew Arnold later) of the boring seriousness, the deadly philistinism that was beginning to depress Victorian England.30 Chandler also points out that Young England was not as antithetical to manufacturers and the factory system as many scholars have claimed} Manners maintains that as long as proper legislative control can be . maintained over such matters as unemployment, hours and work conditions "so complete a feudal system as that of the mills i s not such a bad thing at all."31 Both Maurois and Chandler were on the right track, but few followed. Except for the occasional quotations from Disraeli's novels and Manners's poems, most scholars appear to rely on only one source for information on Young England:  Charles Whibley's delightful but archly Conservative  biography, Lord John Manners and his Friends (1925).  For a l l this work's  anecdotal richness, i t s ingenuous partisanship of archaic aristocratic (and decidedly anti-democratic) values makes i t easy for scholars hostile to Young England to dismiss the movement out of hand.  It i s not d i f f i c u l t to understand why this hostility and indifference exist.  Whig and Liberal historians are probably offended by Young England's  failure to subscribe to the cult of progress or are genuinely suspicious of what,they perceive as the movement's feudal and authoritarian ideology. Historians of the Left will.,: of course, dismiss the movement as errant . i t " romanticism, seeing Young England as an e l i t i s t movement with no awareness of the f u t i l i t y of turning back the historical clock, or of the need for socialist democracy in an industrial age. 13  It is less easy to comprehend why  historians of the Right, like Norman Gash and Robert Blake^are less than enthusiastic about Young England.  One possible reason could be Conservatism's  perennial tension between theory and practice.  Particularly in Britain,  where the ruling class has been engaged in atomising capitalistic economic activities perhaps as far back as the Middle Ages, there would, no doubt, be some discomfort at the appearance of a Conservative philosophy which actually advocates the physical application of traditional Tory rhetoric concerning the need for an organic society which weaves together men of a l l degrees in a fabric of Christian charity and mutual obligation.  How much more acceptable  is Peel's adaption of traditional principles in order to make them compatible with the prevailing dogma of Political Economy!  Young England,  on the other hand, in i t s denial of market values and i t s advocacy of a corporate state in which the individual i s subservient to higher ideals, i s almost revolutionary  in i t s implications.  It i s this latter interpretation  of Young England which the following chapters will develop in a more comprehensive fashion.  14  Chapter Two:  The Contemporary Response to Young England  ... In those "dark ages" that the impudent Scotch economists talk about, we had a great many holidays. There were a l l the fairs of our own place, and a l l the fairs of the places just round about. There were several days at Christmas, at Easter, at Whitsuntide; and we had a day or two at Hollantide, as we used to c a l l i t , which came in November, ... and at Candlemass. Besides these, there were cricket-matches, and sigle-stick matches; and a l l these were not thought too much .... I never knew a labouring man, in those "dark ages," go out to his work in the morning without a bottle of beer and a satchel of victual, containing cheese, i f not bacon, hung upon his crook ... . Accordingly, be i t observed there wanted no schools, no Lancastrian or Bell work, no Tracts, no circulation of Bibles, to make the common people generally honest and obedient. 1 William Cobbett, The Autobiography -*  [Young England] professes further to sympathise with a l l manner of r e l i gious, or rather superstitious, and rustic mummeries ... . The festivities ... are ... a revival of the absurdities of the middle ages. There is to be, or there ought to be, at this most sacred season, in a l l rural mansions, a gathering of the peasantry, to witness the procession of the boar's head, ... the ordination of an abbot of unreason, the monstrous follies of the masquerade and the hobby horse! We admit that these puerilities may appear at f i r s t sight utterly contemptible and nothing more: and yet, when we remember the old predilections of the establishment for Sunday sports, the extensive revival of Sabbath wakes, cricketings and the like, in so many of our more retired districts in the country, where, from the declining influence of the evangelical clergy, and total absence of any other religious instruction, regard for the Lord's day, especially in the afternoon, i s even less than i t was years ago, - our minds can perceive ample necessity for not being altogether off our guard ... . Whatever may be the asceticism of a few prominent leaders, the religious principles of Young England are essentially secular and worldly. They are in accordance with the depravity of a fallen heart, - of that carnal mind which is altogether at enmity with God .... 2 Anon., the Dissenting Eclectic Review, 1844  Though Young England did occasionally lapse into silliness such as their misguided enthusiasm for the doomed Carlist cause in Spain, tbey did know :  15  (to quote Disraeli in his novel, Coningsby) that "the age of ruins is past." In fact, Young England celebrated the age of the machine and the class of capitalist entrepreneurs who were transforming the face of Great Britain. In condemning the Zeitgeist which accompanied these vast changes, they were not being reactionary but, rather, were foreshadowing the later c r i t i c s of laissez-faire capitalism who advocated the welfare state of the midtwentieth century:  a curious progeny for a movement generally dismissed as  a reactionary brand of Toryism.  In fact, beneath Young England's flowery  medievalism and mist-wreathed evocation of the Stuart kings, there lay an intelligent critique of the problems of the age.  That the Radical and Liberal foes of paternalism should have ignored Young England's serious side is hardly surprising.  More d i f f i c u l t to  understand are those many contemporary Tories, both Peelite and traditiona/i s t , who also condemned or haughtily dismissed the movement out of hand. It will be the contention of this chapter that the serious side of Young England caused embarrassment to those one .must presume to be their potential friends because i t exposed a fundamental contradiction in early Victorian Conservative thinking and arrived at an awkward moment in the history of the Conservative Party.  Such awkwardness i s not apparent to readers of Liberal and Radical comments on Young England, where the prevailing note i s one of selfconfidence, tempered here and there by disdain, anger, ridicule, and condescension at the excesses of the movement. Liberals were confident because their ideology was s t i l l predominant.  Steam Intellect, U t i l i t a r i -  anism, Political Economy, and the Cults of Progress and Individualism were held sacrosant by many, particularly the growing urban middle class which had not yet undergone what Martin Weiner in a recent study calls i t s 16  "gentrification."  Even Radicals who were not enamoured of Political  Economy were sceptical of the goals of Young England.  They thought like  Dickens who, on observing the Royal Chinese Junk, the Keeying, in 1851, remarked, could."^  "The true Tory spirit would have made a China of England i f i t This emphasis on the supposedly reactionary nature of the Young  England brand of Romantic-Toryism was expressed in many of the reviews of Young England's literary works.  Two representatives of this approach are the anonymous review of Coningsby in the July, 1844, issue of Fraser's Magazine and the Benthamite W.E. Hickson's review of the same novel in the September, 1844, issue of the Westminster Review. Neither of these essays was at a l l sympathetic to Young England's organic, anti-Liberal vision, and neither deigned to mention the movement's scheme of applying feudal values to the factory system.  In ridiculing the ideas developed in the novel, both reviews made  light of the scene they took as most representative of Young England's philosophy:  the St. Genevieve episode, where a Catholic landowner  distributes alms to local paupers who have arrived at the beckoning of a tolling bell.  Hickson's critique of the almsgiving scene i s predictably Utilitarian and rationalist.  He begins by using the Gospel of St. Matthew to flay  Young England philanthropy:  "He who adheres to the forms of ostentatious  charity will be supposed to do so from other motives than benevolence."^ He then invites Disraeli to imagine how he would feel with his own loved ones in the procession of paupers, compelled to parade their "poverty in the eyes of the World, to trudge a weary mile at the ringing of a bell."^ Yet, apart from these considerations, "there are others scarcely less  17  important": Few who have lived in a rural district do not know that such a neighbour as Mr. Lyle, who would set the bells of a high tower ringing to proclaim his benevolence, would be immediately invaded by the hordes of travelling mendicants who adopt distress as a profession. 8 Hickson's views on Young England were unambiguously in line with the Westminster Review's Utilitarian editorial policy, a fact not surprising considering that Hickson was the journal's dictatorial editor.  What i s surprising i s that the Tory Fraser's Magazine would publish what reads like a Whig dismissal of Young England.  Though i t was not uncommon  for Whig/Radical periodicals to publish Tory reviews, and vice-versa, i t does appear somewhat incongruous in this case.  Since Fraser's was considered  more compassionate than i t s fellows and, as the 1840s progressed, became 9  increasingly interventionist,  i t should have been more receptive to Disraeli's  strident demand that the aristocracy could justify i t s e l f only by the vigour of::itS;.moral reformation. Nevertheless, what mention there i s of Young England is generally unfavourable. The journal's Coningsby review, for example, never seriously attempted to understand the movement's social argument.  As to the  archaic nature of almsgiving, et a l , the reviewer wrote Mr. Disraeli i s a warm advocate of the revival of rustic sports, and the systematic distribution by landowners of alms ... . Now, this i s pure fancy. You could no more revive May games and Witsuntide ales among the humbler classes, than you could create anew a taste for ... Vauxhall Gardens, among the higher .... As to the promiscuous doling out of broken victuals ... , he may depend upon i t that no good would result from the practice ... . Whether for good or for e v i l , the ideas of the poor are not what they used to be. If you desire to render your peasantry happy ... and respectable ... find for them steady employment; give them comfortable houses to inhabit, and attach to each a bit of garden ground, in the cultivation of which [will be found] both amusement and profit. [But], a peasant loses a l l respect for himself as soon as he becomes a weekly applicant at the squire's gate for a basin of broth or the scrag end of mutton. 10 This quotation illustrates well the superficiality of most Liberal criticism of Young England.  In fact, i t completely misinterprets the movement's .  ""  18  .- ' "  •  beliefs.  Actually, Disraeli would almost certainly have concurred with  this solution to rural i l l s .  So would have Lord John Manners who, in  fact, advocated in the Commons and on a Parliamentary  Committee such  measures as peasant allotments.  The^ Liberal novelist Thackeray was somewhat more charitable towards Young England than were many of his colleagues.  In a review of Coningsby  which appeared in the Morning Chronicle,., he said of the movement that i t is good at least to find gentlemen sitting with the present government acknowledging the cant of i t s professions, the entire uncertainty of i t s aims, the hollowness of i t s views, and for the imminent convulsions of the country i t s utter inadequacy to provide ... . Mildly approving though this sounds, i t i s equally evident that Thackeray could not take the movement over-seriously.  In a famous satire of the  aristocracy, he fashioned his character Jeames de la Pluche into an 12 admirer of "Young Hengland."  Those on the Left of the political spectrum were as predictable as the Liberals and Radicals in their observations.  The Left, however,  differed from the Liberals in that i t mixed i t s censure of Young England with an occasional dollop of praise.  While Liberals would, at best, applaud  only Young England's condemnation of the Peel government, the Left would sometimes note with approval the movement's sympathy for the labouring poor. This mixture of attitudes sometimes led to rather contradictory judgements. For instance, one ;contfibutcr to the Radical-Left Douglas Jerrold's Shilling Magazine  condemned Young England for desiring once more to make "the peasant  13 a serf of the s o i l , " while a colleague on another occasion praised George 14 Smythe for his favourable evocation of the revolutionary Jacobins. Similar contradictions were to be found in the Chartist Northern Star's treatment.  Like other c r i t i c s from the Left, the Northern Star had no 19  intellectual stake in the sanctity of private property or the preservation of a social order based on land.  Therefore, i t could openly belittle Young  England's evocation of a hierarchical society founded on the duties of property, while simultaneously praising the movement's sweeping criticisms of laissez-faire capitalism.  It did both in a lengthy, extended review of  Coningsby which appeared between December, 1844, and March, 1845.  The c r i t i c  began on a sympathetic note, acknowledging Young England's anti-Peelism and compassion for the plight of the mill-workers: The masses are at any rate so far favourably pre-disposed by the Manchester and Bingley demonstrations as to offer a willing ear ... to Young England ... . The masses now regard rather hopefully than hostilely the movements of their declared friends. 15 Nevertheless, he soon went on to c r i t i c i s e harshly Young England's brand of paternalism.  Like previous reviewers of the novel, he vented his  spleen at the almsgiving vignette, though from a perspective deriving from Proletarian radicalism rather than from the Manchester School.  To recommend seriously a system of almsgiving as a means of dealing with the "condition of England question" i s preposterous: Besides, such a return to monastic mummeries ... i s hardly in accordance to the present enlightenment of the labouring classes. ... . The working classes ... will be ... l i t t l e inclined to go back to the slavish, debasing system of monastic relief. Justice not charity i s the requirement of the present age. 16 ;  This ringing declamation shows no understanding of the practical solutions advocated by Young England.  The c r i t i c , however, recognised an aspect of  their outlook which virtually a l l other commentators neglected: movement's advocacy of a kind of factory feudalism.  the  Naturally, the c r i t i c  was less than enthusiastic: The manufacturing system [is painted] so coleur de rose that we apprehend both employers and employed will be astonished at his descriptions.  •*  Before that Gentleman again ventures a description of Lancashire l i f e , we advise him to apply to Lord Ashley for a few useful facts; 20  and instead of sentimentalising at the Manchester Athenaeum with Cobden and Co., let him apply himself to the Manchester workers. 17 Though able to discern that Disraeli was not unsympathetic to either factories or the aspirations of the middle classes, the Chartist's mistake was to take l i t e r a l l y Disraeli's description of Manchester and feudal mills. In fact, the evidence suggests that Disraeli was aware of the evils perpetrated in the Lancashire mills, as any reader of Sybil, published in 1845, can testify.  He was equally aware that most of the landed aristo-  cracy was not living up to i t s feudal responsibilities.  No-one, except  the Northern Star reviewer, laughed at Disraeli's evocation of the feudal mill.  A similar attitude to Young England i s evident on the far Left of the political spectrum - in the writings of Marx and Engels.  Engels, like his  Chartist contemporary, was sympathetic to Young England, but unable to see anything progressive in their ideology.  In The Condition of the Working  Class in England (1844), he wrote The hope of Young England i s a restoration of the old "merry England" with i t s brilliant features and i t s romantic feudalism. The object i s of course unattainable and ridiculous, a satire upon a l l historical development; but the good intention, the courage to resist the existing state of things and prevelant prejudices, and to recognise the vileness of our present condition i s worth something anyhow. 18 Marx and Engels expanded upon this judgement in the Manifesto (1848), where they classified the movement as Feudal socialism; half-lamentation, half-lampoon; half echo of the past, half menace of the future ... , striking the bourgeoisie to the very heart's core, but always ludicrous in i t s effects through total incapacity to comprehend the march of modern history. 19 The latter quotation was particularly _vo»VitL .  Feudal socialism is an  apt definition of Young England and the expression "half echo of the past, half menace of the future," is perspicacious.  The accusation that Young  England could not "comprehend the march of modern history" i s , however, questionable.  21  So far, this account of the contemporary reaction to Young England has been largely predictable.  However, i t i s the reaction of Conservatives  which poses.the interesting problem.  With only one or two exceptions, the  Tory establishment were as hostile toward Young England as were the Liberals. Why did they, for the most part, have a stake in making the supporters of paternalism and the organic society appear absurd and inconsequential? The answer lies in the position of the Conservative Party in the 1840s.  The f i r s t decade of Queen Victoria's reign was one of profound political dislocation. consequent  The repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846, and the  split in the Conservative Party, were only the culmination of  certain tendencies that had been extant for decades. the economic depression in 1837, Britain had witnessed  From the beginning of not only the rise  of the f i r s t significant working-class movement, the Chartists, but also a gradual shift in traditional party loyalties.  The 1840s were years of flux  and contradiction.  On the one hand, as a result of the economic troubles, these years saw the f i r s t major attempts:to curb the excesses of laissez-faire capitalism: the 1843 Act to regulate the employment of coal-whippers, and the 1844 Acts to regulate railway carriages, to protect investors by regulating joint-stock companies, and most important, the Factory Act which sought to regulate the working hours of factory hands.  On the other hand, in direct contradiction to the above trend, the age also witnessed a growing advocacy of Free Trade and Political Economy from within the ranks of the protectionist Conservative Party, a tendency not limited to Sir Robert Peel and his circle, but extending even to elements of the Tory Old Guard, represented by the Quarterly Review coterie, John Wilson 22  Croker, John Murray, and John Lockhart, and the writers for Blackwood's Magazine.  Meanwhile, in opposition to both the Peelites and the more  obdurate elements of.Old Toryism, there emerged a group of generally Conservative politicians who condemned the atomistic nature of laissezfaire economics and favoured the paternalist legislation put forward by philanthropist M.P.s  in Parliament.  While the Conservative Party in  general was, to quote one historian, "hardly distinguished for i t s pursuit of social welfare [and] overwhelmingly supported (and later renewed) the new Poor Law which the country gentlemen welcomed because of i t s tendency 20 to save rates,"  the philanthropic Parliamentarians had a romantic vision  of the paternal duties of the traditional landed class. Deliberately retrogressive, these Tories advocated a return to ancient, organic principl in order to stem the tide of laissez-faire capitalism. This faction was composed of two separate but over-lapping groups. On the one hand, there were the Radical-Tories of the North Country, who included Richard Oastler and W.B.  Ferrand.  They campaigned against the  ugly living and working conditions of the industrial cities and demanded state intervention to protect the factory operatives' well-being.  They  denounced the Anti-Corn Law League as a plot to lower the workers' wages. On the other hand, there were the Romantic/Medievalist Tories who tended to gravitate around Young England.  The Romantics were generally more  ideological than the Radical-Tories, and they took inspiration from several sources: the Tractarianism of the Oxford Movement, the Romanticism of the Lake Poets, :and the Medieval Revivalism of Kenelm Digby and Augustus Welby Pugin.  Their solutions ran the gamut from the revival of monastic orders t  the encouragement of peasant allotments.  Together, the Romantic and Radica  Tories became a constant thorn in the side of the Peel Government. moment of short-lived triumph came in May, 23  Their  1844, when in alliance with some  agriculturalists and Left-wing Liberals, they successfully disobeyed Peel and helped to carry Lord Ashley's Ten-Hour Amendment to the Factory  Bill.  With a Conservative Party in such disarray, split into factions of Liberal-Tories, Peelites, Radical-Tories and Romantics, i t is no wonder that Whigs and orthodox Liberals often did not know what to make of the Peel Government.  What was one to think of a Prime Minister who seemed to  admit the efficacy of Free Trade by implementing a sliding scale on the cost of imports, yet who refused to take the final logical step of repealing the Corn Laws?  Boyd Hilton's recent study of Peelite Liberal-Toryism  offers a  21  fascinating interpretation of this ambiguity.  In abandoning such pre-  industrial concepts as the Moral Economy and the Just Price, Peel was hoping to salvage a static; hierarchical state through adapting i t to the free market.  In essence, he was abandoning the economic aspects of the Conservative  myth, while retaining i t s vision of the unchanging state.  If this interpreta-  tion of Peel i s correct, i t would be wrong to describe his policies as being the conscious apostasy of Conservative principles.  It seems likely  that he sincerely believed that there was no incompatability in advocating both the need to preserve ancient institutions and the necessity of atomising economic solutions: Whereas the Classical Economists wanted free trade in order for the economy to grow the Liberal-Tories, Liverpool, Peel [and so on], who implemented free trade, really saw society as a stationary, selfacting and unprogressive model, whose beneficient workings ... would illuminate the wisdom and glory and goodness of the Creator. Whereas Ricardians welcomed bankruptcies as weeding out the economically inefficient, in order that the "worthy" might expand more confidently, Liberal—Tories wanted to promote, not growth, but the fear of God among businessmen. 22 It i s not to be wondered, ;then, that the Peelites were unhappy about Young England.  Besides their opposition to Peel in the Commons, the movement's  social vision was virtually the opposite of Peelism.  If the Peelites desired  to adapt a traditional, hierachical society to a laissez-faire economy, the 24  Young Englanders wished to adapt capitalism and machine technology to an organic vision of society.  One of the most thorough Peelite attacks on Young England was contained in a review of their literary works.  Written by Alexander Hayward, a  Conservative (later to be a Liberal) c r i t i c and lawyer, with close ties to 23 leading luminaries of the Peel Government,  the review appeared in an 1844  Edinburgh Review; - -That Hayward would ..contribute'", to a Whig periodical could, in i t s e l f , be significant.  Perhaps i t would have been considered unwise to  attack so openly a faction of one's own party from the pages of the Conservati press. Hayward's review i s important because i t i s an unambiguous compilation of virtually every harsh and derogatory contemporary opinion held about Young England.  Hayward. condemned what he considered to be the movement's 24  neglect of the middle class (despite no dearth of evidence to the contrary). He heaped scorn on both the Peel Government for. i t s lack of a "fixed political 25 faith," and on the Young Englanders for being "hare-brained speculators" and 26 "professed posture-masters," ire.  but i t was the latter who really raised his  He did, however, have an insight into the consequences of Young England'  applied feudalism which was lacking from most other c r i t i c s of the movement, past and present.  He realised that beneath the reactionary surface, there  were intimations of something more radical.  He claimed that those who  subscribed to the Young England vision were advocating that a l l will be set to rights by the re-establishment of monasteries, and the resumption of those happy days, "When good and bad were a l l unquestion'd fed, When monks s t i l l practiced their dear Lord's command, And rain'd their charity throughout the land." To accomplish the mighty purposes of political and social regeneration, a holy alliance i s recommended between the Crown and the Chartists! ... If these blessings are not speedily communicated to the people, or i f , when given, they do not satisfy, we are informed that 25  "The greatest class of a l l shall know i t s rights, And the poor trampled people rise at last." ... A further agency, .extending over a l l , i s sought for in the Church .... It i s to be rendered democratic in character. "The priests of God are to be the tribunes of the people," observes Mr. Disraeli. 27 Thus appeared the organic vision to a Victorian acolyte of the Manchester School, a vision in which the God of Malthusian thrift does not reign. Hayward revealed his predilection for the classical economists towards the end of the review.  He advised Young England to  "love wisely, not too well." It i s not by wordy declamations against the new Poor Law, or in such unjust and unwise interferences with Labour, as were so eloquently exposed by Lord Brougham in the House of _ :.•. Lords, that their duty will be best performed. It i s by labouring to free industry from restraint ... that they will best serve the cause of the labouring poor, and the social interests of their country. We would fain find some apology for their heresies. 28 Hayward had struck the right note.  For the age, the writings and speeches  of Young England essentially were heresy.  William Gladstone, at this time  a Minister in Peel's cabinet, attacked Young England on similar grounds, accusing them of advocating state intervention in the economy.  He made  these comments in a letter to Lord John Manners himself, Gladstone's constituency colleague in Parliament: Jan 30, 1845 You ... are disappointed as to the workings of a Conservative Government ... . [However] I ... entertain the strongest impression that i f , with your honourable and upright mind, you had been called upon [to be a Minister], your expectations and your dispositions towards [the Government] would be materially changed ... . The principles and moral powers of government as such are sinking day by day, and i t i s not by laws and parliaments that they can be renovated ... „. Such schemes of regeneration as those which were propounded (not, I am bound to add, by you) at Manchester appear to be the most mournful delusions; and their reissue from the bosom of the party to which we belong, an omen of the worst kind i f they were likely to obtain currency under the new sanction they have received ... . It i s most easy to complain as you do of laissez-faire ...; nor do I ... presume to blame you; but I should ... blame myself i f with my experience and convictions of the growing impotence of government for i t s highest functions, I were ... to recommend attempts beyond i t s powers, which would react unfavourably upon i t s remaining capabilities. 29 In the light of this letter, one wonders whether history has not been unfair on Lord John Manners.  Here one finds Gladstone, considered one of Britain's  26  great reformers, prophesying the decline of state intervention, while Manners, popularly considered a deluded, well-meaning reactionary, i s being chided for advocating the same role for the state that i s found in modern liberal democracies.  For those Conservatives unable or unwilling to attack Young England on ideological grounds, i t was always possible to ignore or t r i v i a l i s e the movement. One Peelite who took the latter course was Sir James Graham, Peel's Home Secretary, in a note addressed to John Wilson Croker of the Quarterly: August 22, 1843 With respect to Young England, the puppets are moved by D Israelii,, who i s the ablest among them .... I think with you, that they will return to the crib after prancing, capering and snorting; but a crack or two of the whip well-applied may hasten and ensure their return. D'Israeli alone i s mischievous .... It would be better for the party i f he were driven into the ranks of our open enemies. 30 1  The Tory Old Guard also tended to ignore Young England's ideology. Like Graham, they found i t more politic to attack Young Englanders as individuals than to have to acknowledge that the movement was the one section of the Conservative Party sincerely propounding the implementation of traditional Tory principles through Parliament.  In the early 1840s, the Old Guard was supporting the Peel Government, though with subdued misgivings. The final rupture between the two factions came over the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846.  The position of this group  was even more ambiguous than that of the Peelites.  In many ways, their  economic values seemed to contradict their social values. On the one hand, they tended to admire the Lake Poets: Southey, Coleridge, and especially Wordsworth; poets who also inspired Young England with their anti-Utilitarian Romanticism.  The group of influential Conservatives associated with the  Quarterly, Murray, Lockhart and Croker, had particularly close ties with the 27  Lake Poets.  In the same vein, Lord Ashley wrote articles for the Quarterly 32  about the need for social paternalism,  as did William Sewell, who often T,<  expressed sentiments akin to those of Young England: Society i s not a heap of sand, but a union of many i n one. [Organic bodies should] consist of landlords exercising faithfully ... and affectionately the duties of l i t t l e monarchs. [Together with the parish church, the landlord] would bring about a feudal system [in which] the master of the s o i l should stand as much as possible in a fatherly way to his tenants. 33 Sewell, however, did not believe that property other than land could be used for paternal purposes.  He had a solution to this.  In 1840, he wrote, quite  seriously, that the answer to the problems of the age was to "raze, i f you 34 like, to the ground half of an overgrown metropolis."  Young England could  never have been capable of such pettiness of s p i r i t . Yet, at the same time, the Old Guard was becoming increasingly enamoured of the dogma of laissez-faire.» This was noticeable i n the journals which represented their opinions: Blackwood's Magazine and the Quarterly Review. Alison and De Quincey, ..the leading ideologues of Blackwood's were avowed }  acolytes of Political Economy.Croker wrote in the Quarterly how much he hated that "pruriency for legislation" that arose from "false and dangerous estimates of the legitimate power and duties of government.""^  Croker, Alison, et a l . were no more capable than Peel of seeing the contradiction in holding atomising economic principles while simultaneously conceiving the state to be unchanging and hierarchical.  Nor did they see the  inconsistency of advocating a Lockean vision of autonomous property while clinging to an .avowed belief in landed paternalism.  As a consequence, the  Old Guard had no solutions for dealing with a property-owner who did not f u l f i l l his duties, for they had closed the door to state intervention. The problem was even graver when i t i s noted that of the thousands of workshops, 28  mines and mills in Britain, no more than one in f i f t y had an owner with a truly beneficent view of his responsibilities to his employees.^  As the 38  historian David Roberts has pointed out, the outcome was viz inertia:  a firm  refusal to countenance change and an equally firm resolve to defend such changes once they had become part of the nation's fabric.  As evidence of this, Roberts  cites how the Quarterly and Blackwood's supported Ashley's  B i l l for the  exclusion of women and children from the mines, while supporting child labour 39 where i t existed.  Romantic-Tories, like Southey, Carlyle and the Young  Englanders, however, were willing to contemplate state intervention wherever property of any kind failed to f u l f i l l i t s stewardship role.  Disraeli's  Coningsby, for example, explicitly condemned the viz inertia of .Old Toryism: Whenever public opinion which this party never attempts to form, to educate, or to lead, falls into xsome violent perplexity, passion or caprice, this party yields without a struggle to obstruct, and obviate the logical,..and ultimately the inevitable, results of the very measures they have themselves originated, or to which they have ^consented. 40 1  The harshness of this kind of criticism, combined with Young England's direct evocation in Parliament of the organic myth, was enough to alienate the Old Guard.  Far more than Peel, the Old Guard embodied the dilemma of Conservative  thought; for, unlike the Prime Minister, the Alisons and Crokers found themselves unable to follow the logic of their economic beliefs and abandon Protection.. Rather, they clung desperately to the landed class, a class hardly noted for the enthusiasm of i t s application of traditional paternalism. Bearing the above in mind, i t i s l i t t l e wonder that the Tory Establishment tended to be condescending in public about Young England, and often vindictive in private.  Whichever of these attitudes was adopted, the tenor  was always a dismissive one. Young Englanders.  It affected even the parents of prominent  On the eve of Young England's triumphal gathering at the  Manchester Athenaeum, Manners's father, the Duke of Rutland, wrote to Smythe's father, Lord Strangford: 29  It i s grievous that two young men such as John and Mr. Smythe should be led by one of whose integrity of purpose [Disraeli] I have an opinion similar to your own ... . The admirable character.of our sons only makes them the more assailable by the arts of a designing person. 41 As long as Young England could be dismissed as the machinations of a renegade Jew, i t was not necessary to take them seriously; nor is there any evidence that Strangford and Rutland did.  E.T. Raymond in Disraeli:  The Alien  Patriot, offers a perceptive analysis of this Tory Establishment mentality which deserves to be quoted verbatim: When young men of the upper classes adopt democratic politics, the paternal bosom i s seldom wrung ... . But i t i s one thing to profess levelling opinions, and quite another to go to the lengths of really upsetting some Ministry which alone stands between society and anarchy. The Duke of Rutland and Lord Strangford felt i t was time to intervene. They disliked Disraeli; they had no intention of re-erecting Maypoles; they had no notion of calling their labourers the "order of the Peasants ry"; they were personally content with parsons who knew their place; and ifftheyydid not understand precisely what was meant by a "doge", they justly deemed i t was not a proper name to apply to the monarch. It was time to put a stop to a lot of boy's nonsense that was being used for his own purpose by a guileful Jew. 42 This attitude was no doubt widespread among the Tory landowners.  It was also  common among those who spoke for the Old Guard in Parliament, and in journals such as Blackwood's and the Quarterly. word on Young England.  In fact, Blackwood's never published a  The Quarterly published one paragraph, which Croker  appended to the end of one of his political articles.  The Young Englanders  are so few in number, Croker told the reader, their views so vague, and their influence so slight, that i t may seem superfluous to allude to them, but our respect for [their] personal character ... - our favourable opinion of their talents, though, rather, i t must be confessed, of a belle-lettres, than a statesmanlike character - and a strong sympathy with many of their feelings - induce us to express our surprise and regret that they should not see, even with their peculiar views, the extreme inconsistency and impolicy of endeavouring to create distrust of the only statesman in whom the great Conservative body has any confidence or can have any hope. We make ... allowance for "young ambition",- but we can s t i l l find no ... j u s t i f i cation for the conduct which [Young England] have recently adopted..., the most offensive to Old England which has been made for many years. We beg leave ... to warn them against being deceived as to the quality of the notice which their singularity has obtained. 43 Beneath Croker's patronising a i r , there i s a hintnof menace. 30  The irony i s  that within two years, Croker himself was to lose a l l confidence in Peel and to break with him irrevocably over the Corn Laws. At least Young England possessed the clarity of vision to predict a couple of years in advance the inevitable result of Peel's conversion to Eree Trade.  Often, the Tory Old Guard expressed an open contempt for the Young Englander.  On the publication of Coningsby, Martin Tupper wrote to Murray,  the Quarterly's publisher, asking to review i t .  In his letter, he referred  44 to the novel as a "hasty, libellous and contemptible production." Murray 45 sent this letter to Lockhart with the comment, "Coningsby! Pooh!" Lockhart was even more dismissive: "That Jew scamp has published a very blackguard . 46 novel."  That Murray, Lockhart and Croker were resentful against Disraeli  for personal reasons, only compounded their hostility to the novel's applied medievalism. 18, 1844, the  Such sentiments extended even to the highest sphere.  On June  Queen Victoria wrote to the Belgian king expressing her relief that  Peel Government had survived a vote of confidence on a minor B i l l  concerning colonial sugar: We were really in the greatest possible danger of having a resignation of the government without knowing to whom to turn, and this from the recklessness of a handful of foolish half "Puseyite" half "Young England" people! 47  Naturally, i t was Young England's evocation of applied medievalism during Parliamentary debates that caused the most vexation.  On August 11, 1843,  Greville noted in his diary the insolence of the soi-disant Young Englanders in the Irish Debate:  "Disraeli and Smythe, who are the principal characters,  together with Lord John Manners, of the l i t t l e squad called "young England" 48 were abusive and impertinent."  That Young England was often seen as a refuge  for embittered rebels i s revealed in Fremantle's warning to Peel in September, 1843, that i f Peter Borthwick was disappointed in his hope of a diplomatic 31  appointment, he might attach himself to "the party of malcontents, G. Smythe, 49 D" Israeli, and Co."  It i s evident that Liberals, Socialists, Peelites, and Old Guard Tories a l l had their reasons to disparage the ideology of Young England.  It should  not, however, be forgotten that there were those who spoke up in defence of the movement. Three journals which particularly allied themselves with the aspirations of Young England in the mid-1840s were the Morning Post, The Times, and the Spectator.  The Morning Post was the one London daily closely aligned with the Romantic-Tories, so i t s defence of Young England i s not hard to understand. Its Peelite r i v a l , the Standard, called it:."the pet of the petticoats, ""^ and when the Post invited members of Young England to contribute articles, Giffard, the editor of the Standard, accused them of being "factionists, fops and crazy dotards," and denounced their "drivelling idiocy" as being at 51 one with the "insanity of the Morning Postites."  It i s interesting to  note that the Post shared with the Manners's faction of Young England an openness to the idea of state intervention: "the f i r s t duty of every 52 government i s to promote the welfare and happiness of the mass of the people." The Times was in a strange position in the mid-1840s.  Its publisher,  John Walter II, was a fierce enemy of Peelism and Political Economy, and a tireless opponent of the new Poor Law."^ Both his romantic temperament and his estrangement from the Peelites led him to associate closely with 54 Young England.  On the other hand, John Delane, The Times editor, was  secretly in communication with leading Peelites like Lord Aberdeen: Delane being then in close alliance with Aberdeen in foreign policy, i t was not unnatural that Peel should feel that only the personal animosity of John Walter withheld the paper's general support from the Ministry. 55 32  After John Walter II's death in 1847, Delane was free to orient The Times in the direction of Peelism. As a Times editorialist wrote in 1852, "Iii one sense we are a l l Peelites.""^  Yet, from 1843 to 1845, under Walter's direction, The Times was consistently favourable to Young England.  A number of editorials were  imbued with the Young England s p i r i t : advocating organicism and the spurning of the cash-nexus.  This spirit was well-captured in an editorial  of January 11, 1844, lines which could have been penned by a Manners or a Disraeli: We have tried long enough to go ohiwithout ... Christian charity, and the p o l i t i c a l economist has almost persuaded us into a belief that his discoveries have supplanted i t , - that natural sympathy and benevolence are only the virtues of a rude state of society, and meant to give way to the development of a philosophy which produces the same ends in a more systematic way. Be i t so: a l l we can say i s , i f this political economy i s civilisation, let us try barbarism again; and l e t the nation take i t s stand once more upon the savage: i e . the generous principle, upon heart and feeling and trust to the results. Distrust of Utilitarianism and approbation for Young England ran through these editorials on matters as diverse as the Irish Arms B i l l and the French imprison ment of Don Carlos of Spain.  The most detailed comments on Young England,  however, are to be found in the long and thorough Coningsby review of May, 1844, which was couched throughout in the language of Romantic-Toryism.  The  sympathetic reviewer's description of the evils besetting the British polity is the same litany as Young England's: A church which i s municipal, but not Catholic; an aristocracy . privileged, but which does not lead; a Crown robbed alike of i t s prerogatives and i t s revenues; a peasantry handed over to the compendious philosophy of a central commission or the comprehensive mercies of quarter sessions; a manufacturing class keenly jealous of feudal rights, and exercising over their own dependents the might of capital, with a pressure unknown to ... feudalism; - such are the component parts of our social state - a state in which labourers burn ricks, mechanics turn Chartists, and Protestant clergymen sectarian agitators. 58 Though there was a degree of insight in these observations, they were hardly 33  o r i g i n a l , coming as they d i d from the l o n g t r a d i t i o n o f  Conservative  p a t e r n a l i s m , with i t s p e r e n n i a l complaint t h a t those o f s t a t u r e and were n e g l e c t i n g t h e i r d u t i e s t o the commonweal.  A greater o r i g i n a l i t y  r e v e a l e d when the w r i t e r came t o d i s c u s s the reasons e x t e n s i o n Young England,  presented  a conundrum t o  property  why  was  Coningsby, and  by  contemporaries:  The o p i n i o n s which i t develops w i l l be o f f e n s i v e t o some and uni n t e l l i g i b l e t o more. The boldness with which i t a t t a c k s the f a v o u r i t e c o n c e i t s and f a s h i o n a b l e c o n v e n t i o n a l i t i e s o f modern p o l i t i c s w i l l be s t i g m a t i z e d as f l i p p a n t coxcombery or dangerous L i b e r a l i s m ; a t the same time t h a t the s p i r i t o f e n t h u s i a s t i c v e n e r a t i o n f o r o l d names and o l d f e e l i n g s which i t breathes throughout, i t s contempt f o r the modern p h i l o s o p h y o f expediency and economy, i t s f a i t h ... i n the Church ... and d e v o t i o n as w e l l to the S o v e r e i g n , w i l l be regarded as the most i r r a t i o n a l sentiments of o b s o l e t e Toryism ... . Country gentlemen w i l l be s o r e l y p u z z l e d t o r e c o n c i l e a l o v e of the Church with a d i s r e s p e c t f o r the Church E s t a b l i s h m e n t - a r e s p e c t f o r p a t r i c i a n l i n e a g e with somet h i n g l i k e contempt f o r the e x i s t i n g House o f Peers; and a most C a t h o l i c a p p r e c i a t i o n f o r the e n e r g i e s and t a l e n t s o f our middle and c o m m e r c i a l s c l a s s e s w i t h the most u n d i s g u i s e d d i s t r u s t o f t h e i r p o l i t i c a l wisdom and v i r t u e . 59 D e s p i t e the u n d e r s t a n d i n g  e v i d e n t i n t h i s passage, the reviewer  t o the o c c a s i o n elsewhere.  He never mentioned, f o r example, the  rarely  rose  novel's  e v o c a t i o n o f a p p l i e d f e u d a l i s m a t i n d u s t r i a l M i l l b a n k and r u r a l S t . Genevieve; o r , i n f a c t , any woes.  I n s t e a d , the reader Was  Young England, The  o f D i s r a e l i ' s schemes f o r the a m e l i o r a t i o n o f England's t r e a t e d to vague, g e n e r a l i s e d p r a i s e f o r  and angry d e n u n c i a t i o n s o f the Tory Old Guard and  Peelites.  reviewer p a r t i c u l a r l y approved o f D i s r a e l i ' s d e n u n c i a t i o n o f P e e l ' s  1834  Tamworth M a n i f e s t o , i n which the l a t t e r had d e c l a r e d h i s hope o f r e a c h i n g an accommodation with the commercial and manufacturing  classes.  The  reviewer  added We commend these passages t o the a t t e n t i o n of the M i n i s t e r i a l hacks, who, ... wheel about a t the b i d d i n g o f the Premier; and ask them whether t h e i r r o t a r y v o t e s on the f a c t o r y q u e s t i o n do or do not j u s t i f y the f o l l o w i n g d e f i n i t i o n of t h e i r n e g a t i v e creed - "Conservatism d i s c a r d s p r e s c r i p t i o n , s h r i n k s from p r i n c i p l e , disavows p r o g r e s s ; having r e j e c t e d a l l r e s p e c t f o r a n t i q u i t y , i t o f f e r s no r e d r e s s f o r the f u t u r e . " B i t t e r as t h i s may seem, y e t , when we r e c o l l e c t the way i n which the "Great C o n s e r v a t i v e P a r t y " has t r e a t e d the two s o c i a l q u e s t i o n s o f i n f a n t l a b o u r and the new Poor Law, we dare not deny i t s t r u t h . 60 In essence,  the reviewer  used Coningsby as a sounding 34  board  for his  own  dissatisfaction with the Conservative Party and the atomistic nature of early Victorian Britain. existence  Though The Times review i s evidence for the  of a major Conservative c r i s i s in the 1840s, i t s refusal to  analyse Disraeli's applied medievalism i s surely evidence for the existence of a more fundamental dichotomy within Conservatism: the problem of ;:• »c reconciling the Conservative myth of an organic, paternalistic, landed society with the reality of capitalised land relations.  The third journal to portray Young England in a favourable light was the Spectator.  At f i r s t glance, the Spectator's sympathy for the move-  ment appears puzzling, for the journal was Radical in i t s politics, and its editor, Robert Rintoul, was a friend of the Mills and was well-versed 61 in Political Economy.  Yet, on the other hand, the Spectator has been 62  referred to as the most paternalist periodical in Britain.  It  crusaded for the Ten-Hour Amendment, mining and lunacy acts, poor law reform, and the Irish Poor Law of 1847.  This i s not, however, as great  a contradiction as i t appears on the surface.  If Peelism was the new  Conservatism, the Spectator represented the budding shoots of a new kind of enlightened Liberalism, one that believed in the efficacy of social legislation and state paternalism.  Historians who dismiss Young England  as l i t t l e more than reactionary romanticism should ponder the significance of a journal as progressive as the Spectator advocating a union between Young England and certain Liberals.  According to David Roberts, the  Spectator hoped to form a new party that would be inspired by [a] new faith, one in which Liberals like Charles Buller and Lord Howick would join with Young England to create a Government that would stand in loco parentis to those who suffered social grievances. 63 The Spectator expressed i t s favourable attitude to Young England in a series of 1843-44 editorials which blended open praise with an astute understanding 35  of the movement's antecedents and aspirations.  An editorial of July, 1843,  expressed unqualified' approbation for Young England: There i s one ... excellent feature in the character of Young England - i t s sincere benevolence and kindly disposition towards the poorer classes. It i s anxious to raise them in the scale of comfort, intelligence, and moral worth; and though some of i t s plans ... may be fanciful, i t ... also advocates some that are practical - of a high moral education, of the protection of children alike from the cupidity of employers and parents, of holydays and manly sports for the poor, and ... of systematic colonization. It i s doing good service on the Church question ...; i t s imaginative Protestantism approaches near to rational Romanism; i t s tone in the Irish debates i s a new and pleasing feature in these discussions. Nor can men so benevolent ... really be, or at least long remain, champions of the Corn Laws. 64 Soon after, the writer made a perceptive observation about the subtleradicalism underlying Young England's High Toryism:  J  Young England i s unconsciously promoting the cause of Liberalism at present; and none need be astonished to find many of i t s members avowing a very Liberal creed at no distant period. It i s not of Tory or High ; .Church principles the party i s enamoured, but of their own ideas of what High Church and Toryism ought to be ... . The thorough-going Churchman and Tory of the old school i s impatient of the philanthropy and scruples of Young England; and Young England will in time get equally tired of his plodding, prosaic, reckless partisanship. 65  This point i s further developed in a later editorial which draws a distinct parallel between Young England and their mentors, the Lake Poets.  Through  this parallel, the problem concerning the practicality versus the rhetoric of traditional Conservative thought emerges strongly, illuminating further the reasons for the disquiet the Tory Establishment felt for Young England: When the Lake poets ratted from the Jacobin party, they were received with open arms by the Tories ... . But, like a l l thinkers who unable to rest upon their own supported convictions cling to existing formulae, ... Wordsworth and Coleridge sought to give l i f e to the mere letter of the law. The Philosophical element in their minds was too powerful to ... [remain] satisfied with empty and lifeless forms ... . The mere dogmatists, who had welcomed the Lakers as a l l i e s , did not discover this until a considerable quantity of the tares has been sown among the wheat. They have discovered i t , and their praise of Wordsworth and Coleridge has of late been "craftily qualified."66  In essence, the Spectator, was not a mouth-piece of Romantic-Toryism* Nor, except in i t s opposition to laissez-faire, was i t hostile to Peel's  36  fiscal, t a r i f f and administrative reforms.  What Rintoul, and his chief  editorial writer Thornton Hunt, did share with Young England was compassion for the common people and, more important, an organic vision of society which they a l l saw as infinitely superior to the cold, impersonal web of the cash nexus.  It i s not d i f f i c u l t to see how a superficial perusal of the contemporary reaction to Young England would lead many a historian to perceive the movement as hopelessly out of touch with reality.  What, perhaps, should be  acknowledged more clearly are the motives underlying these adverse responses to Young England.  Rather than confront the practical schemes put forward by  the movement, the c r i t i c s were content to belittle i t s florid rhetoric.  In  an epoch of rampant industrialism and Ricardian economics, Young England's plans to curb the excess of capitalism through making the ruling order more responsive to the needs of their dependents, could not get far. If they thought about i t at a l l , Young England's c r i t i c s must have sensed that the ultimate corollary of such paternalistic organicism was large-scale state interventionism: to most of them, an abhorrent idea.  As for the reviewers of Young England's literary works, i t i s unfortunate that so few of them saw f i t to use the values enunciated in them as a speculum in which to see their own beliefs and assumptions reflected. For instance, they laughed at the almsgiving scene in Coningsby without pondering whether Disraeli was smiling at their side. remark that, "The age of ruins i s past".  That he was i s hinted at in his  This observation was ignored by  virtually a l l reviewers of the work; a neglect occasioned by their unwillingness to admit that a leading exponent of Young England was as aware as the most doctrinaire of Liberals that i t was futile to attempt a l i t e r a l return-to the past.  Nor was Disraeli alone among the Young Englanders. 37  Lord John Manners, George Smythe, and Baillie-Cochrane a l l knew that the Age of the Machine was there to stay.  It was not Young England's supposed  anachronisms that so disgusted the contemporary Peelite, Radical, and capital-accumulating landowner, so much as their failure to bow to the dictates of Political Economy.  Later chapters will discuss Young England's anti-laissez-faire policies in regard to industrialism and land relations. It will suffice here to point out the fundamental error committed by the movement's detractors in dismissing out of hand i t s insight that industrialism and evangelical Protestantism had brought about a "loss of joy".  Thackeray was not the only  writer to reject as preposterous Young England's nostalgia for a more organic, spontaneous past.  Trollope, too, saw f i t to lampoon the movement.  The  Ullathorne Games in Barchester Towers are probably a deliberate parody of Lord John Manner's schemes for reviving village games.^  The Radical humour  magazine Punch mocked on several occasions the movement's respect for traditional ways, Manners's poetic effusions being particularly favoured for 68 i t s jibes.  Even one of Young England's erstwhile friends satirized the  movement in later years.  Moncton Milnej who in the mid-1840s was an  M.P.  on the periphery of Young England but who later converted to Liberalism, composed a lampoon entitled, "Lines to a Judge, by a Culprit Actuated by Young England Sentiments."  As usual, i t was the supposed archaism that was  mocked: Oh flog me with the old cat's t a i l , I surely should enjoy That fine old English punishment I witnessed when a boy! I should not need the mocking crows, I should not feel the pain; If one old English custom ^ Could be brought back again. These lampoons, whether they were motivated by personal vindictiveness, 38  ideological differences, or simply a delight in mockery, have helped to shape modern perceptions. Yet, i t was unfair to dismiss so readily Young England's criticisms of the decline of traditional pastimes and the concomitant "loss of joy", both common by-products of an early phase of industrialization.  The suppression of traditional popular amusements had coincided with calls for a disciplined time/work conscious proletariat.  As Robert Malcolmson,  the historian of this social phenomenon, has pointed out, "traditional recreation was rooted in a social system which was predominantly agrarian, [and] ... marked by a deep sense of corporate i d e n t i t y . T h e breakdown of this system in the congested, atomized cities of the early nineteenth century had led to a situation where, to quote Robert Slaney in 1833, "the poor workman in the large manufacturing town, was actually forced into the 71 public house, there being no other place for him to amuse himself i n . " It i s in-this context that \lsrd John Manners. s advocacy of traditional popu1  lar sports and holy days must be judged.  As a Tory-Romantic, his views are  not surprising, and when expressed as a nostalgic regret for the passing of may-poles and morris-dancing on the village green, they were a suitable subject for ridicule.  This strain in Manners's thinking was most clearly expressed 72  in his A Plea for National Holy Days (1842), brother Granby in September, 1842.  and in a letter he wrote to his  In the letter, he asserted that i t was the  responsibility of the Conservative Party to assimilate i t s cause with that of the people, by adding to their comforts and pleasures in the only legitimate way a legislature can do so, -vis.by voting money to build public baths, to keep up, or rather to restore, public games, to form public walks ... . Let us give them back the Church holy-days, open the churches and cathedrals to them, and let our men of power in their individual capacities assume a more personal and consequently a more kind intercourse with those below them. In a word, let society take a more feudal appearance than i t presents now. 73 If this were the sum total of Manners's political philosophy, i t would have 39  been just for contemporary c r i t i c s to dismiss him as a whimsical Romantic. Yet, Manners's condemnation of the "loss of joy" was not ridiculous.  In an  age of "rational amusement", Sabbatarianism, and fiery sermons on the wages of sin, his desire to preserve the s p i r i t , i f not the exact form, of a more organic, less alienating, past i s understandable.  In the name of machine  efficiency the common people were being deprived of the old rural festivities and pastimes.  Holy-days were being denied the worker on the specious but  widely-believed grounds, "that he did not want them because he was too steadily industrious, or that when he got a holy-day, he made a beast of 74 himself."  Manners was quite content for the commoners to be given their  holy-days in tandem with moral instruction from clergymen sympathetic to their needs, and then letting them find their own amusements. Maypoledancing was no more than a useful motif to illustrate the decline of traditional culture.  As Malcolmson has suggested, the period in which  Manners was writing coincided with the nadir of popular recreation, when "much of the traditional culture had disintegrated, and the new possibilities were only beginning to emerge.  The re-shaping of popular leisure was  largely a phenomenon of the period after 1850. " ^ Manners's concern was apparent in a speech he made in Parliment on August 15, 1843, where he condemned the suppression of traditional freedoms.  He  wished, he said, to draw attention to a subject of considerable importance to the working classes. It appeared that some young men were on a Sunday evening recently, after the hours of divine.service, about 5 or 6 o'clock, amusing themselves playing at cricket on a common ... in the County of Berks, and were taken up and brought before a magistrate, and condemned to pay a penalty which ... amounted to 15 shillings, but were told they must go to gaol immediately unless the money was paid forthwith ... . The question which he wished to ask ... was whether i t was i l l e g a l for poor people to play at cricket or any other manly game on Sunday after the hours of divine service, and i f that were the case, whether i t was legal for the rich to have their horses and carriages and other enjoyments at the same time?.76 40  Interestingly, i t was cricket that was the "unifying bond" when Manners, Smythe and Disraeli played against their friend, W.B. Ferrand's workers at Bingley, Lancashire in October, 1844.^  Besides advocating sports and the end of fanatical Sabbatarianism, Manners had other schemes to bring the social classes together.  Most  specifically, he called for the establishment of lending libraries and museums, and the opening-up of parks, gardens and stately homes to the working classes, a l l of which to be funded through the public rates. Innocent though these proposals sound, they were s t i l l antithetical to the laissez-faire tendencies of the age.  When Manners argued in the Commons  (March 6, 1845) for rate-funded museums of art, Peel demurred, insisting that museums should be funded only through private subscription. In reply, Manners said that he thought i t desirable that there should be places provided for the recreation of the people. He believed that the people were very grateful for any opportunity given them of visiting public exhibitions, and their conduct in every respect proved i t . He was very desirous to see the working classes afforded the fullest opportunity of recreation in the enjoyment of athletic sports ... .78 His idea, that central and local authorities had a duty to assist in the cultural and recreational elevation of the people, was hardly a common one for i t s time.  Like others of Young England's schemes, this one had to wait  until the late nineteenth century for fulfillment.  In a sense, Young England's response to the loss of joy culminated in their speeches to the Manchester Athenaum in October, 1844. Before this middle class audience, they emphasized the role of education as the new lever of fundamental change.  Manners's speech illustrated clearly the evolution of his ideas over the  41  years.  He praised Manchester for having set an example.:to the rest of the  country by providing "parks and walks for a l l classes of the community," which, he hoped, would soon be followed by the "opening of museums and 79 collections of that nature to the people at large."  He was quick, however,  to differentiate such measures from what he took as the failings of the Mechanics' Institutes: "their forgetting amusement in instruction, and acting on the assumption that a man after working 12, 14 or 15 hours a day would or could s i t down to recreate his mind with a course of mathematics 80 or allecture on geology." Nevertheless, such institutions as the Manchester Athenaeum, taken in conjunction with other endeavours, animated by a similar spirit, may go far to supply the place of that more intimate connexion which once subsisted between the master and his apprentices, and unite generally the various classes of society in the firm bonds of mutual interest and good w i l l . 81 Fundamentally, ;then, Manners placed a great trust in communal education as a substitute for the social bonds of the Middle Ages.  It was education that  was to break down the walls of ignorance between classes, and lead the submerged masses to Arnoldian "Sweetness and Light."  Obviously, Manners  was not advocating a return to the ignorance of shackled serfdom.  The  s p i r i t of the past had to be renewed, but as a l l progressive Medievalists realized, i t would be in a different guise.  Disraeli was even more enamoured of the power of learning. This was the occasion he referred to knowledge as being like "the ladder in the patriarchls mystic dream.  Its base rests on the primeval earth - i t s crest i s lost in 82  the shadowy splendour of the empyrean."  This was also, the year of Coningsby,  when Disraeli, the Young Englander and Tory Democrat, was advocating that, in order for Britain to f u l f i l l her imperial destiny, a new ruling class, based on merit not t i t l e s , would have to emerge. Thus, every individual is entitled to aspire to that position which he 42  believes his faculties qualify him to occupy. [Some would say] "beware of f i l l i n g the youthful mind with an impetuous tumult of turbulent fancies; teach him rather, to be content with his position, don't induce him'to fancy that he i s not, or to aspire to that which he cannot achieve." ... These are superficial delusions. He who enters the world finds his own level. 83 Young England, then, showed no inclination to abandon "laws and learning." Nor, unlike many of their Tory colleagues, did they unduly fear the power of an educated proletariat, realizing, perhaps, that a literate people are in many ways more amenable to discipline and loyalty than a people submerged in i l l i t e r a c y .  Translated into action, then, the Young England program was not as absurd and as reactionary as i t s rhetoric led c r i t i c s to believe.  Whether  i t be Manners and Disraeli advocating education as a unifier of classes and creator of a meritocracy, or Manners advocating the abandonment of joyless Sabbatarianism and the public funding of free libraries, parks, and museums, Young England often expressed a need for solutions which were, in fact, similar to those implemented many decades later.  In the old  meaning of the word, they were "revolutionaries", men who wished society to revolve back to a more pristine past, and who could, at the same time, acknowledge that "the age of ruins i s past."  The next chapter will concentrate on Young England's relationship to the nineteenth century Medieval Revival, for, without some understanding of the intellectual and cultural roots of the movement, i t s advocacy of progressive legislation, and i t s hostility to laissez-faire economics, would be puzzling.  Yet, in these, as in their criticisms of Sabbatarianism,  the Young Englanders were acting in/harmony with the principles of organic Conservatism, a fact which, as has been seen, disconcerted those Tories to whom traditional rhetoric was, to some extent, a mask for their acceptance of market economics. 43  Chapter Three:  Young England and the Medieval Revival  It would be foolhardy to discuss Young England's reactions to industrialism and land relations without f i r s t putting the movement into the context of Medieval Revivalism.  Though Liberalism was the Zeitgeist of the age, the  widespread prevalence of Romantic-Medievalism in Tory circles has already been remarked upon.  In i t s most enlightened form, i t was found in Cobbett,  the Lake Poets, and Carlyle.  Archaic though they often were, the Medievalists did more than just bemoan the decline of traditional habits of obedience and hierarchy.  Rather,  at i t s most sublime, the movement posited a model of the world with i t s roots in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, based on natural order rather than on Newtonian/Lockean mechanics, and emphasizing duties and responsibilities, not abstract rights.  They conceived of Man, though  capable of loyalty and generous feelings, as a fallen creature, needing traditional institutions and rituals to harmonize his actions with Natural Law.  For them, Reason could not be the universal panacea, and they often  celebrated the intuitive and mystical.  They were opposed both to the  secular scepticism of Voltaire, and to the economics of Ricardo and Malthus. Since only those who knew their neighbours personally could have a genuine bond of sympathy with them, the Medievalists believed that society should consist of small, organic communities.  These communities, they asserted,  should be rooted in the s o i l , land being the fundamental element of the state.^  This vision was essentially mythic. 44  Nevertheless, i t did rest on a  tenuous basis of fact.  It has been suggested by G.R.  Elton, for example,  that Elizabethan Britain was as close as the country would come to a welfare 2 state until the twentieth century.  The metaphor of the monastery seemed  to be a major inspiration for the nineteenth century Medievalists.  Cobbett  expressed an admiration for the monastics' charitable and unifying role, as did Kenelm Digby and Coleridge.  In Past and Present (1843), Carlyle  compared the workhouse of St. Ives with the ruins of St. Edmund's monastery, much to the detriment of the former."^ The Medievalists used the past to expose the ugliness of the present. The fact of change was incontrovertible, the engine of transformation being industrialization, the passing from a traditional society, predicated on static and hierarchical values, to a modern society, predicated on the free exchange of labour and goods.  The society the Medievalists attacked  was one of vast social dislocation and poverty.  The slums, sprawling around  the grimy factories where the "wage-serfs" laboured amid noxious fumes, seemed a nightmare counter-image to peasant cottages clustered around the foundations of feudal castles.  And while the latter at least offered  physical protection and, through the Church, succour in times of famine, the nineteenth century factory worker could look forward only to debilitating unemployment during slumps, and the cold prospect of the workhouse in old age.  The new order had created classes of humanity, more rootless than the traditional labourer, artisan or aristocrat.  The growing class of  manufacturers and shopkeepers often sought justification for their activities from as far back as Newton and Locke, but, more commonly, from the Political Economists, Ricardo, Smith and Malthus. they  .In religion,  were generally Dissenters.and Methodists, alien to the rituals and 45  traditions of the Established Church.  Theirs was an often dour Calvinist  God and, as we have seen, the age they ushered in was distinguished by i t s prudery and joyless Sabbatarianism, an age in which the poor deserved their sorry state because they lacked the grace of God that came from abstention and t h r i f t .  If only, cried the manufacturers and the preachers who  supplied them with their beliefs, i f only the labourer could learn selfdiscipline and frugality,;'then economic freedom would beckon, i f not for him, then at least for his children.  Yet, blame for this new society could not be laid solely with the Dissenting middle classes.  As the more astute Medievalists sternly pointed  out, the traditional orders of Land and Church had long ago betrayed their Sacred Trusts in favour of the new dispensations.  Carlyle put i t eloquently:  Are these millions guided? We have a Church, the venerable embodiment of an idea which may well call i t s e l f divine .... It is a Church well furnished with equipments and appurtenances; educated in universities; rich in money; set on high places that i t may be conspicuous to a l l , honoured of a l l ... . This Church answers: "Yes, the people are taught." This Aristocracy, astonishment in every feature, answers: "Yes, surely the people are guided. Do we not pass what Acts of Parliament are needful; as many as thirty-nine for the shooting of the partridge alone. Are there not treadmills, gibbets, even hospitals, poor-rates, New Poor Laws?" So verily answers the Church; so answers Aristocracy ... . Fact meanwhile, takes his lucifer-box [and] sets fire to the wheat-stacks. 4  These Romantic-Medievalists were often loath to offer solutions.  Their  concept of land as inalienable' property, and their evocation of small, hermetic communities, made i t d i f f i c u l t for them to contemplate anything as drastic as intervention by the central state.  This was a step many (Sewell,  Scott, Wordsworth, Digby) never^really considered. more sanguine.  Others, however, were  Southey, for example, wrote that the. responsibilities of  the state are "patriarchal, that i s to say, paternal; superintendence i s one of these duties and is capable of being exercised to any extent by  delegation and sub-delegation."  Furthermore, he was receptive to taxing  heavily the rich in order to provide the funds for social programs, claiming that such a policy would be more effective at alleviating suffering than the poor-rates.^  Coleridge argued that i f the government  spent more than i t received in taxes, employment would be increased by the boost given the economy.^  Furthermore, as he remarked in his Lay  Sermon, "our manufacturers must consent to regulations; our gentry must concern themselves in the education as well as in the instruction of their ... dependents."^  Anthony Quinton comes the closest, perhaps, to defining the Medievalist vision in a few lines: Society i s a unitary, natural growth .... It i s not composed of basic, abstract individuals but of social beings ... . The institutions of society are thus not external disposable devices of interest to men only by reason of the individual purposes they serve; they are, rather, constitutive of the social identity of men. 9  Young England was very much the product of this philosophy.  As will  become evident, the movement continually echoed the sentiments of Southey, Coleridge and the other Medievalists. Their writings and speeches were f u l l of panegyrics to the Middle Ages.  Manners, Disraeli and, to an  extent, Baillie-Cochrane, 'deplored the laissez-faire dogma which had been adopted by the Radicals and, increasingly, by their own Conservative Party. 10  They shared Carlyle's contempt for the liberal "Voluntary Principle" which called men free only when a l l relationships between them were destroyed, and which conceived man's nature as being fundamentally good, not flawed. Like Burke, they detested the rule of "sophisters, economists and calculators, ' 11  ors,"  particularly those who talked of immutable economic laws of supply  and demand, and who worshipped the autonomous individual. 47  The major Young Englanders - Disraeli, Cochrane, Smythe and Manners had read the main body of Medievalist works, including Cobbett and Carlyle. The latter's favourable opinion of the French Jacobins was reflected in Smythe's Historic Fancies, and his celebration of the heroic leader in history fbund i t s way into Coningsby. ;  However, since a l l the elements of  Disraeli's p o l i t i c a l thought had already found expression in his The 12 Revolutionary Epick,  long before Carlyle's major works, i t can be safely  hazarded that these ideas had been widely disseminated for some time.  Smythe's main expression of Medievalism was his Historic Fancies.  True  to the creed, he argued for such anachronisms as a return to the King's Touch as a cure for scrofula, his purpose being to facilitate a renewed growth of organic ties between monarch and multitude.  In a letter to Manners, dated  April, 1842, he asserted the traditional Tory fear of democracy: I believe the government of the One i s for the good of the many, the government of the few for the good of themselves, the government of the Many for the good of the One. From Monarchy results the Commonwealth. From Oligarchy - Oligarchy, from Democracy - a tyranny. 13 Interestingly, this did not deter Smythe from celebrating the Jacobins as men of passion and ideals who had risen against an aristocracy that had 14 abandoned i t s duties to the commonweal.  Throughout his career, Disraeli liked to evoke the spirit of the Middle Ages to illustrate the deficiencies of the present.  His abhorrence of the  atomising tendencies of Manchester School Liberalism led him to advocate an alliance between the common people and his new meritocracy of reformed aristocrats and manufacturers.  As he told the popular politician Charles  Atwood in 1848, "an union between the Conservative Party and the Radical Masses offers the only means by which we can preserve the Empire.  Their  interests are identical; united they form the nation."  For a l l this,  Disraeli was quick to assert that he was not a leveller.  As his  protagonist, Egremont, claims in Sybil, The future principle of English politics will not be a levelling principle; not a principle adverse to privileges, but favourable to their extension. It will seek to ensure equality, not by levelling the few, but by elevating the many. 16 In the same novel, Disraeli popularized the concept of the "two nations", the rich and the poor; a condition which, he claimed, was the result of a society fragmented through the dogma of Political Economy and science. in  mechanistic  A nation divided against i t s e l f cannot stand, and such was Britain  1845: Two nations; between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits and thoughts and feelings, as i f they were dwellers in different zones or inhabitants of different breeding, are fed by a different food, are ordered by different manners, and are not governed by the same laws. 17  To counter-point the organicism of the past with the atomism of the present, Disraeli was also willing to invoke the Medieval monastery.  This is found  particularly in Sybil, where Medievalist sentiments were provocatively put in the mouths of Stephen Morle.y and Walter Gerard, the f i r s t a Socialist, the second a Physical-force Chartist. This i s important in i t s e l f , revealing the extent to which Disraeli believed that the radical masses shared the same concerns as Young England. monastics were good masters.  The Chartist Gerard describes why the  It was, he claimed, because they were a  corporate entity, lacking private property and, therefore, any desire for personal aggrandizement: The monastics were easy landlords; their rents were low ... . [They] could possess no private property; they could save no money; they could bequeath nothing. They lived, received and expended in common. The monastery too, was a proprietor, that never died and never wasted ... . The monks were, in short, in every district a point of refuge for a l l who needed succour, counsel, and protection; a body of individuals, having no cares of their own; with wisdom to guide the inexperienced, with wealth to relieve the suffering, and often power to protect the oppressed. 18 49  The implication of this passage i s clear.  It hints at a scepticism about  the role of private property as a mechanism to alleviate large-scale poverty.  Furthermore, unless monasteries could be revived, the only corpo?  rate body left was, of course, the state.  This implication i s strengthened  by the Socialist Motley's comparison between Medieval monasteries and the atomised individualism of his own day: As for Community, with the monasteries expired the only type that we ever had in England of such an intercourse. There i s no community in England; there i s aggregation, but aggregation under circumstances which make i t rather a dissociating principle than a uniting principle. 19 In other words, industrial capitalism had developed cities where community in a real sense was non-existent.. Though coming from a Socialist, these were also the sentiments of a Tory-Romantic: In great cities, men are brought together by the desire of gain. They are not in a state of cooperation, but of isolation, as to the making of fortunes; and for a l l the rest they are careless of neighbours. Christianity .teaches us to love our neighbour as ourself; modern society acknowledges no neighbour. 20 In opposition to this wasteland, Disraeli advocated a corporate nation of Throne, Altar, and Cottage.  Though willing ultimately to accept a degree  of centralized state interference, he truly wished to see develop a revitalized parochial society of Coleridgean "home-born feelings", what he called the Territorial Constitution.  Made up of landlords working alongside  the clergy, the magistrates and the poor-law overseers, this Constitution would be entrusted with the revenue of the Church, the administration of justice, and the estate of the poor.  21  This organic soci_V , arrangement, with its roots in the s o i l , was obviously in contradiction with.the centralized supervision of the new Poor Law. However, though that would suffice to explain the hostility of many Tories to the Law, i t i s not a sufficient explanation for Young England's antipathy since, in other areas, Manners, Disraeli and Cochrane  50  were willing to contemplate the interference of the central.', .state. It was Cochrane, so mute on other topics, who, in Parliament in July, 1844, gave the most thorough Young England speech on the new Poor Law, touching on virtually every criticism a Medievalist could make of the Law. He complained, f i r s t , that the Poor Law was "a pernicious" system of 22 centralization undermining a l l local administration.  Second, the Law  was symptomatic of the a l l too pervasive loss of joy. As an example of this, he quoted the Benthamite Lord Brougham who had condemned the Elizabethan Poor Law on the grounds that i t s formulators did not understand the  "principles of population, and wanted a Malthus to enlighten them  with  his doctrine." To which, The Law, then, according to that young men must foresee c. ithat they were, in fact, to coffins. Was anything more  Cochrane observed, Brougham, was based upon the principle events that were to occur in old age; lay by from their wages to purchase their fearful ever uttered? 23  Third, the new Poor Law had introduced a "labour test of poverty, ... a test out of nothing less than s u f f e r i n g . H e then went on to make one of those astute comparisons between the more organic past and the fragmented present which exemplify the Romantic-Tory spirit at i t s most progressive:  t  The Act of the 43rd of Elizabeth took for i t s basis the inference that when the labourer was, from whatever cause, unable to support himself, the burthen of his maintenance was thrown upon society at large. The principle of the new Poor Law ... threw the poor man entirely upon his own resources, and denied his right to assistance; and this when ... science had made such vast progress as to limit in the most perceptible manner, the field of labour of the working classes .... He asserted t... that i t was not the labouring classes who were unwilling to work, ,ir but i t was the employers who were unable or unwilling to find them occupation .... 25  As with Disraeli's evocation of the corporate nature of Medieval monasteries, Cochrane's defence of the Elizabethan Poor Law for i t s principle of making "society at large" responsible for the maintenance of the poor, looked as much forward to the modern welfare state as i t did back into the hazy past.  51  It was, however, Lord John Manners, the fourth member of Young England, who most clearly exemplifies the Romantic-Medievalist tradition. very much a product of his time.  He was  As a close friend of the Tractarian,  26 Frederick Faber,  and as an associate of the Oxford Movement, he tended to  perceive a rejuvenated  Established Church as the agency through which the  fragmented classes of industrial Britain'could once more unite as they had in the past when "there was far more real security for a l l classes than 27 had existed or could ever exist under a class system as now prevailed." Only when the Church and the other traditional orders failed to advocate the corporate state of Young England's dreams, did Manners turn to solutions of..more practical merit.  Like Disraeli, he did not hesitate to praise the  corporate charity of the monastics, a fact that did not escape Alexander Hayward in his review of Manners's England's Trust and Other Poems. As always in Medievalist literature, England's Trust contrasted a land f i l l e d with the harmonizing spirit of Christ with one formed of the cogs of a self-regulating machine: The hospitality that never knew A pilgrim-guest in vain for shelter sue; ... Where good and bad were a l l , unquestioned, fed ... The monks s t i l l practised their dear Lord's command, And rained their charity throughout the land .... And haughtiest kings have stooped to kiss the rod Wielded by some poor minister of God. Each knew his place ... The greatest owed connexion with the least; From rank to rank the generous feeling ran, And linked society as man to man. 28 And i n the place of this Medieval Eden, there was "the modern slave, doomed ... to tread his lonely path of care and t o i l , " with only the "workhouse for  [his] age."^ As a Tory-Romantic, Manners l o a t h e d t h e scepticism of S o p h i s t e r s and  systemizers, finding i t a destructive creed: Each year has loosened further s t i l l the t i e s , 52  Between divine and human sympathies, T i l l now, too liberal and enlightened grown, We laugh at a l l commandments, save our own. 30 Inevitably, he disapproved of Socialism almost as much as he did of laissez31 faire Liberalism, once referring to i t as a "sad materialism".  This distrust of materialism was, naturally, central to the Medievalist outlook.  The Medievalists realized, of course, that greed had always existed  within man, but they disapproved of a society where, they believed, i t had become a guiding principle.  Their disdain for market economics and their  reverence for a paternalistic organic order was, in a real sense, retrogressive.  Yet, obversely, as seen in Carlyle, Southey, and;.Coleridge,  Medievalism could be remarkably advanced for i t s time, especially in i t s advocacy of a strong paternal role for the state. of  The progressive aspect  the tradition was evident in Young England's willingness to adapt  Medievalism to a modern, urban society, something which has already been demonstrated in the movement's response to the era's "loss of joy".  The  following chapters will develop this further, in regard to two of the fundamental problems of the age - land relations, and the dislocating effects of the Industrial Revolution.  It should, however, be noted here that  these two problems were impregnated with the same ideological conflict: between those who conceived property .-to be subservient to the nation, and those who claimed that society should be self-regulating, this predicated on the belief that the individual i s the best judge of his own interests.  As has been seen, this was a conflict that cut across both  class and party lines.  Ultimately, i t divided even Young England.  53  '=z.:  Chapter Four:  Young England and the Sacred Trust  ... The "dark age" people were not so very foolish, when they had so many common-fields, and when almost every man that had a family also had a bit of land, either large or small. It i s a very curious thing, that the enclosing of commons, that the shutting out of labourers from a l l share in the land; that the prohibiting of them to look at a wild animal, almost at a lark or a frog; i t i s curious that the hardhearted system should have gone on, until, at last, i t has produced effects so injurious and so dangerous to the grinders themselves, that they have of their own accord, and for their own safety, begun to make a step towards the ancient system. William Cobbett, Rural Rides,  1830  1  *  I The Medievalists of the nineteenth century, including Young England, believed land to be a Sacred Trust.  This Trust embraced more than just  the aristocracy, but also the parish churches, the rural judiciary, the market towns, the tenant farmers and, at the foundation of i t a l l , the agricultural labourer.  However, the aristocracy were the natural leaders  of this constituency, since, in theory, their ownership of property ;  entailed distinct paternal duties.  Yet, by this period, land had  become permeated by market economics to the extent that, in 1846, a large segment of the aristocracy betrayed their agricultural constituents and came out in support of the repeal of the Corn Laws. Young England was caught in this dilemma.  Though i t believed the  aristocracy to be the leaders of the landed interest, the movement was aware that, on the whole, the traditional elite was abrogating i t s paternal duties. Yet, though the more consistent Young Englanders, such as Disraeli and Manners, remained loyal to an organic vision of the land and to the idea of agricultural protection, they were not blind to the deficienci 54  of the hereditary aristocracy. Ultimately, they were willing to puti~ their dream of a unified, paternal nation above their narrow class interests by supporting the one piece of 1840s legislation that sought, on behalf of the labouring poor, to limit the freedom of landowners - namely^ William Cowper's Field-Gardens  Bill.  Young England was not alone in sensing that a l l was not well in England's arcadia.  As has been  seen, most of the Medievalists realized that the  cash-nexus was on the ascendency, both in the countryside and in the manufacturing districts.  As Cobbett observed in Rural Rides, the increasing  capitalization of land was destroying a l l vestiges of the organic society; and, as the social nexus declined, the cash nexus prospered: ... The paper system has ... drawn the real property of the nation into fewer hands; i t has made land and agriculture objects of speculation; i t has, in every part of the kingdom, moulded many farms into one; i t has almost entirely extinguished the race of small farmers; from one end of England to the other, the houses which formerly contained l i t t l e farms and their happy families, are now seen sinking into ruins, a l l the windows except one are stopped up, letting in just enough light for the labourer, whose father was perhaps the small farmer, to look back upon his half-naked and half-famished children, while, from his door, he surveys a l l around him the land teeming with the means of .luxury to his overgrown and opulent master. 2 A typical Medievalist leit-motif was that farmers and labourers no longer dined together, and that the labourers were now paid solely in money wages a financial rather than a familial relationship.^ Even John Bright, the great orator of the free market, believed landowners had duties to dependents extending beyond the cash nexus: Let [the landowner] look after his tenantry [and] his labourers ... and see that they have sufficient wages, proper and well-built cottages, good gardens schools for the children. 4  In the 1840s, i t was Thomas Carlyle who perhaps best exemplified the intellectual hostility to the dissolution of traditional ties.  His works  were replete with denunciations of "do-nothing aristocracies" deserving to 55  be swept away by a tide of honest sans-culottism.  He saw modern England  as supporting an idle nobility unconscious of the duties attendant on property, maintaining a large and parasitic class of rentiers, and enthusiastically imbibing the social atomism of "Dog-Madness" Utilitarianism.  Though Young England often concurred with Carlyle's judgement, they s t i l l had some hope for the moral reformation of the gentry.  Disraeli, for  example, believed a sound aristocracy to be an essential component of his Territorial Constitution, but knew that i t s existence had to be justified by the vigour of i t s concern for i t s dependents.  His novels contain  portraits of both types o f aristocrat - the ideal paternalist variety, and the increasingly- common do-nothing kind.  In Coningsby, f o r instance,  there i s the corrupt, near-monstrous Lord Monmouth, a peer who did not trouble himself over the new Poor Law, had no concern for his tenants, and whose one ambition was to turn  his coronet into a ducal crown.  Juxtaposed  is the Catholic landowner, Eustace de Lyle, whose paternalist almsgiving at his St. Genevieve estate so distressed Liberal and,/,Chartist reviewers o f the novel.  Interestingly, de Lyle suggests two real-life Catholic paternalists,  Aubrey de Vere and Ambrose Phillipps De Lisle, both Medievalists with links to Young England.^ dispositions.  De Lisle and de Vere were not alone in their charitable  There was Lord Shrewsbury, in many ways the archetypal  rural feudalist, renowned for his charitable works, and for providing employment "without question" to destitute labourers at road-building on his estate.^  Another authentic paternalist lord was Manners's father, the  Duke of Rutland, who believed that a landowner had the duty to respect the opinions of his farming tenants.  For instance, on the occasion of the  repeal o f the Corn Laws in 1846, he rode around his estate, asking his tenants and their labourers their opinions on the matter, and i t was apparently what they told him that made him decide to vote against the  measure.  Unfortunately, paternalists of this calibre were few in number.  It i s Disraeli's Sybil that presents the most thorough Young'England indictment of the landed aristocracy.  The novel constructs an historical  model of a nobility which had grown rich and powerful through gorging i t s e l f on the wealth of monasteries, dissolved in Tudor times.  This nobility  had betrayed Crown and People by supporting the usurper Prince of Orange; i t was,-to a great extent, composed of Peers with fraudulent t i t l e s and of obscure lineage, and was predominantly concerned with money-making and gaining status through meaningless ritual.  As an example of the latter, Disraeli paints an  hilarious portrait of Sir Vavasour, a Baronet who believes that the pressing 9  question of the age i s the under-valued status of his Order.  Most damning  of a l l , though, i s the novel's description of the vindictive and calculating Lord Marney, the archetypal Steam-Intellect aristocrat. Marney eulogised the New Poor Law, which he declared, would be the salvation of the country, provided i t was "carried out" in the [Utilitarian] spirit in which i t was developed in the Marney Union .... He was tremendously fierce against allotments, and analysed the system with merciless sarcasm. Indeed, he had no inconsiderate acquaintance with the doctrines of the economists, and was inclined to carry them into practice in every instance, except that of the landed proprietary, which he clearly proved "stood upon different grounds" from those of any other "interest" ... . 10 When faced with these sentiments, i t i s not Egremoht, the brother of Lord Marney and the novel's protagonist, who delivers Young England's reply, but rather Mr. St. Lys, a Tractarian parson and, in true Disraelian fashion, a "tribune of the people": But what i s a poor man to do, after his day's work, i f he return to his own roof and find no home; his fire extinguished, his food unprepared; the partner of his l i f e , wearied with labour in the field or the factory, s t i l l absent, or perhaps in bed from exhaustion, or because she has returned wet to the skin, and has no change or raiment for her relief? We have removed woman from her sphere; we may have reduced wages by her introduction into the market of labour; but under these circumstances what we c a l l domestic l i f e i s a condition impossible to be realized for the people of this country; and we must not therefore be surprised that they seek solace or rather refuge in the beer shop. 11 57  The fruit of Niamey's philosophy i s evident in the rural town that bore his name, a community of squalor, disease, and base wretchedness.  In the  over-crowded, filthy and ill-ventilated tenements, the virtuous mother in the sacred pangs of childbirth gives forth another victim to our ... thoughtless civilization; ... while the father ... in another corner of the sordid chamber, lies stricken by that typhus .. .. for Whose next prey i s perhaps destined his new-born child ... . These hovels were in many instances not provided with the commonest conveniences of the rudest police; contiguous to every door might be observed the dungheap on which every kind of f i l t h was accumulated, for the purpose of being disposed for manure, so that, when the poor man opened his narrow habitation in the hope of refreshing i t with the breeze of summer, he was met with a mixture of gases from reeking dunghills. 12 And so on, ad nauseam. Disraeli went on to delineate briefly the recent history of the town, laying the blame for i t s condition squarely at the feet of the landowners: This town ... was a metropolis of agricultural labour, for the proprietors of ..the neighbourhood having for the last half-century acted on the system of destroying the cottages on their estates, in order to be exempted from the maintenance of the population, [and] the expelled people had flocked to Marney. 13 Even the Radical Thackeray expressed an admiration for these passages, 14 remarking  on their "honesty, truth, and hearty sympathy."  Manners, too,  approved of Disraeli's descriptions of rural poverty, and was led to denounce the ideology permeating minds such as Lord Marney's: At present, a l l measures are judged by the consideration "will i t increase the wealth of the country?" And i f a minister can show that in the present year there i s more bullion in the bank ..., the mammonworshippers are in ecstasies ... . The extent to which this wealthadoration i s pushed, i s as ludicrous as i t i s alarming: i t makes a liberal peer exact the last farthing for the rent of a lug of land from the starving peasant, and insists on the industry of the country being entirely dependent on money-wages; though i t shrinks with horror from any attempt to secure the permanence or sufficency of those wages ... ,. 15 Furthermore, in harmony with the Medieval concept of conditional privilege, Manners seemed to believe that, under certain conditions, the common people had the right to rebel against their betters, particularly when their traditional rights or organic institutions were under assault.  Thus, in a  poem published in 1850, he wrote glowingly of the "Pilgrimage of Grace", a 58  rising of the peasantry against the nobles for their plundering of the monasteries (1536): ."For :the Church and for the Poor," our victory i s sure, As we march against the foes of the spouse of our Lord. We the Commons of the Land, will save her from the hand Of lordly lust, and repine, by Her resistless sword. 16 In a more contemporary vein, at a meeting in Bingley, Lancashire, in 1844, Manners commented on the serious decline of organic social ties in the countryside: "He should be sorry to see the system universal, where there 17 was nothing between the large tenant and the hired labourer."  To this,  an editorialist in The Times remarked, There i s reason enough for his sorrow; ... let us trust that there are reasonable and well-judging landlords who will begin to believe, ere i t be too late, that property has i t s duties as well as i t s enjoyments. 18 Interestingly, Manners had a reputation of being a somewhat absurd defender of the aristocracy.  This was a consequence of the adverse publicity  he received over his notorious couplet, Let wealth and learning, laws and commerce die, But leave us s t i l l our old Nobility. He remained haunted by this couplet for the rest of his l i f e .  It was  lampooned in Punch and the Illustrated London News, and i t was flung back in his face from a hundred political platforms ( i t was being quoted by Radical 19 speech-writers as late as 1906!).  Yet, throughout his career, Manners  remained silent on the matter, making no excuses for the youthful indiscretion which had led him to compose such doggerel.  It should, however, be emphasized  that this couplet was no trite defence of the landed aristocracy (of which Young England had i t s misgivings).  Rather, as Smythe pointed out to Manners  in a letter of 1849, Your idea of "Nobility" applies ... to the "statesmen" in Cumberland, or the yeoman of the South, with Squire everywhere, and the artisan, who does among us (according to our conditions of merit) what the feudal barons did in vindication of their virtue and manhood, than to modern Peers, and the Brummagem coronets of successful chicane, or sinister intrigue. 20  Basically, the couplet was concerned with what another of i t s defenders, Victoria, Lady Welby, called "the dignity of man and the true humility 21 which goes with i t " ;  a dignity which, in Manners's eyes could only come  through the fusion of the individual in a greater, more organic and spiritual, whole:  the nation.  And i f learning meant the teachings of the Political  Economists or the s t i f l i n g condescension of Charles Knight's Penny Magazine, and i f laws meant poaching and hew Poor Law legislation, possibly he had a point. Nor was the remaining Young Englander of consequence, George Smythe, particularly enamoured of the contemporary condition of his class. With characteristic irony, he once coined the epigram, "Our hereditary aristocracy 22 - the pale ghosts of departed criminals."  No wonder Manners once felt called  upon to remark in an October,1844 letter to Disraeli that, "I take i t some of 23 our gentry are not best pleased with our movement."  It was Disraeli,  however, who composed the most dismissive epitaph for aristocracy, Greatness no longer depends on rentals, the world is too rich; nor on pedigrees, the world i s too knowing. 24  Yet a "do-nothing aristocracy" was one thing, a "Territorial Constitution" was quite another.  Young England was not criticizing the aristocracy in  order to destroy i t but rather to galvanize i t into re-discovering familial and organic roots.  Just as the movement demanded that manufacturers, the  new meritocracy, take on the duties of modern feudal lords, so i t demanded that the hereditary nobility regain i t s sense of responsibility to the commonweal.  What, though, was to be done i f the landed elite chose not to listen to the Medievalists' advice?  In this contingency, Young England, at least as  60  exemplified in Manners, Disraeli and Cochrane, was willing to contemplate what Southey, Coleridge and Carlyle had advocated before them: a state which had the power to demand from property-owners a reckoning of their actions, which, when the Commonweal demanded i t , was not adverse to interfering in the sanctity of property, whether industrial or agricultural.  Through their  support of William Cowper's Field-Gardens B i l l , the Young Englanders, particularly Manners, showed a willingness to countenance a degree of public interference even in the "sacred" property-rights of landowners.  II Cowper's B i l l had i t s genesis in the Commons Select Committee established in 1843 to investigate whether an allotments system beneficial to the working classes should be implemented through Parliamentary legislation. several prominent ( i f maverick) Tories, Manners, Lord Ashley, W.B.  Though Ferrand,  were Committee members, interest in allotments was not limited to Conservatives.  In fact, in the same period, Feargus 0'Conner had  attempted to set up Chartist Land Colonies established on an allotments 25 system, a scheme which had some limited success.  Interest in allotments  derived substantially from the depression of 1837-42, when i t was becoming increasingly evident that there had to be some means of alleviating the mass destitution caused by unemployment and wage cuts.  One suggestion emanating  from Tory-Romantics like Manners and Disraeli and from Tory-Radicals like Richard Oastler and Ferrand, was for labourers, agricultural and urban, to be given small plots of land to cultivate which would tide them over until the return of employment and adequate wages.  It was a desire, then, to  wean the British labourer away from a complete dependence on the spirituallydeadening cash nexus.  These Conservatives saw another major benefit accruing  from allotments, in that the possession of land would give the labourer a "feeling of independence and self-respect, ... giving him a stake in the 61  country," and placing him "in the class which has something to lose".  In  essence, this proposition of a partial return to the small-holdings of the Middle Ages was an attempt to re-create the organic relationship between the common Englishman and the land.  However, i t must be emphasized that the  advocates of this scheme were quick to stress that allotments should be worked  27 only i n the labourer's leisure hours;  the scheme was not meant as some  kind of aristocratic conspiracy to undermine manufacturers by giving the working class alternative employment to the mills, though some captains of industry were no doubt suspicious of i t on such grounds. Both the Parliamentary Select Committee and Cowper's Field-Gardens suggested that allotments should come from two sources:  Bill  from a voluntary  distribution of allotment plots by landowners, and from a legislative enactment which would make compulsory the granting of allotments to labourers as compensation for being deprived of commonage through Acts of Enclosure. Yet, despite a l l moral exhortations, landowners on the whole appeared to have l i t t l e inclination to grant allotments.  And though few Parliamentarians  were against allotments, this was only so long as no coercion was exerted upon the landowner.  It could be argued that, logically, Young England should  have been paralysed by this dilemma.  Their belief in the sanctity of fixed  property should have made them adverse to the interference of government in the traditional responsibilities of the landowner.  Yet, through their  support of Cowper's B i l l , they gave their blessing to^the one attempt to legislate the public administration of allotments, a B i l l which demanded that a l l future enclosure acts give allotments at modest rents to the neighbouring poor. into law.  For obvious reasons, Cowper's B i l l was never passed  As The Times  remarked,  No legislature in.'.which landowners had such sway as ours would ever i n f l i c t on them so dire a foe as a body of trustees empowered to^ seize their land  62  and tear i t into pieces for a set of hungry labourers. 28 29 Even though i t was "most cautious of compulsion",  the B i l l s t i l l appeared  dangerous enough to have arrayed against i t a formidable alliance of Tories and laissez-faire Radicals. grounds:  It was disapproved of on several specific  f i r s t , for i t s creation of a web of rate-payer-elected f i e l d -  garden wardens with the power to demand a perpetual lease of the land they were to occupy; second, for i t s Field-Garden Commissioner who could fix the amount of rent to be paid for the land, with the owner being compelled to abide by his decision; third, for i t s allowing the Court of Quarter : Sessions to revise and fix the amount of rent after seven years; and fourth, for i t s provision allowing the use of the poor-rates to fund the purchase of allotments.^ Despite Cowper's almost desperate willingness to compromise, and his assertion that the B i l l did not have the power to expropriate land from unwilling landowners, the B i l l foundered over several sessions.  On April  9, 1845, for example, B. Escott complained that the B i l l was compulsory since i t s "machinery was to be set to work by a vote of the majority of the owners and occupiers of land in every parish, and the majority was to 31 bind the minority."  G. Bouverie added darkly that, "The legislature  ought to leave private parties uninterfered with to settle the value of 32 land."  On another occasion, Joseph Hume argued that though allotments  were a good thing, they ought to be left to the discretion of the individual p r o p r i e t o r . P e e l and Graham supported the B i l l but, through amendments, postponements, and the voicing of doubt, ensured that any B i l l which might have passed would have been emasculated. supporters put up a spirited defence.  Despite these odds, the B i l l ' s  Moncton Milnes, on the periphery of  Young England, argued that the B i l l would materially benefit "mechanics living in 'large towns" who would have the opportunity 63 -  of cultivating, during their spare moments, a portion of land in their neighbourhood, which would afford them some relief from their otherwise monotonous occupation. 34 Cowper put the case against the landlords at i t s most blunt.  When Hume and  Escott again complained against the "compulsory" nature of the B i l l , he replied, It was notorious that in many parts ... the labourers ... could not get [allotments] from the landowners; therefore, the voluntary system in such districts would be perfectly inoperative ... . This was not a gift ... [from] the landlord, but the f u l l value was to be paid for the land. 35 The Times was equally forthright when i t expressed doubt concerning both the B i l l and i t s landowning detractors.  Having analysed the laissez-faire  arguments used by the "manufacturers of corn" against the B i l l , an editorialist remarked, Let these gentlemen remember, that in adopting this language they desert a certain high position which they have long arrogated, and which the nation has long allowed. On the ground of peculiar offices and obligations attaching to land, i t s owners ... are ... favoured. They enjoy a ... protection, which constitutes what may be called a beneficial lease of their land, and supposes a transmission .of the kindness to the labourers employed upon i t . Let these gentlemen go on denouncing and deriding the idea of any special duty to the labourer, ... and any right of national interference - let them say, "We are like any other tradesmen," they will find that by the time they have asserted their liberty, they have lost a generous master, [the state]. 36 The Times spoke with a resonating truth.  To be consistent, the state could  support the privileges of the aristocracy only so long as the latter remained true to i t s stewardship role; however, once i t had abrogated that role, and entered the marketplace in the pursuit of profit, i t no longer had a claim to special consideration.  It appears that the Young Englanders,  collectively, were coming to the same conclusion.  Their historical model  of the Whig Oligarchy and their scathing observations concerning the moral decrepitude of their fellow aristocrats could lead them i n no other direction. It was Manners who was the main spokesman for the movement on the allotments issue.  He was an active member of the Select Committee and he made several  impassioned Parliamentary speeches in defence of Cowper's B i l l . 64  His •  willingness to take action, when the reality of land relations did not live up to the ideal, was also-seen in the Committee's acceptance of the principle of legislative interference: ... The allotment system is more beneficial when taken up by the landlord, than when set on foot by committees, whether voluntarily formed or with delegated authority; but seeing that this method of benefiting the poor has, from various circumstances, not been sufficently adopted by the proprietors of land, your Committee have turned their attention towards the possibilities of promoting i t s extension through the means of legislation. 37 Naturally, Manners was keen to retain as much of the Territorial Constitution as possible.  Many of the questions he raised on the Select Committee concerned  the constitution of the proposed allotment committees.  As a High Churchman 38  with Tractarian sympathies, he was eager that local clergymen be members. In his enthusiasm, however, he occasionally forgot the degree to which much of the Anglican clergy had abrogated their roles as spiritual shepherds of the people.  As often as not, those questioned were less than ecstatic at  the prospect.  As one defender of the allotments system put i t , "... the 39  parson i s not very popular in the manufacturing districts."  The  Committee's final recommendations did, however, reflect Manners's point-ofview in that lit recommended that the allotment committees be composed of the Parish incumbent, the Lord of the Manor, and two elected field-garden 40 wardens. Nevertheless, the Select Committee's compassion for the destitute labourers did over-ride the sanctity of parochial laissez-faire: Local societies voluntarily formed of persons taking an interest in the welfare of the labouring classes, and comprising among their members some of the persons whose benefit i s peculiarly aimed at, have certainly done good, and might become s t i l l more effectual i f they were consolidated, assisted and controlled by central supervision. 41 From as early as May, 1843, Manners was becoming aware of the necessity of some kind of interventionism.  To, Sir G. Strickland, M.P., he asked,  You are of the opinion that the only way in which that difficulty of too high rent can be got over would be by those means which would give f a c i l i t y to the poor people of procuring those allotments from a public body? 42  65  To which Strickland replied with the orthodoxy of his kind:  I think i t i s  always better that land should be kept in the hands of the proprietors and not in a public body."^  The same negative response came from most  representatives of landowning opinion.  For example, when Manners queried,  You stated that ... in a l l cases where i t was possible the allotment system had better be under the management of the particular landlord; in the manufacturing districts, where there are large portions of wasteland, i s i t your opinion that good might be produced by a legislative enactment on the subject? 44 the M.P., W. Miles, replied to the effect that he thought the less legislation the better.^  While on the committee, Manners also questioned various representatives of the working classes.  On one occasion, he asked a stocking-weaver  whether the obvious desire of the labouring population for allotments, "extends to a legislative enactment on the subject?"; to which the stockingweaver replied, "They are longing for ... i t . " ^  Manners took i t upon himself to represent these Leicestershire workers in Parliament.  On June 21, 1843, he criticized an Enclosure B i l l  because i t failed to provide "a certain portion of ground for the sports of the people."  The labourers, he claimed, could not be dependent for  their survival on wages alone, since they only had labour, two or three days a week ... . How could that make them independent? He had presented several petitions from the manufacturing classes in Leicestershire, stating their wish for the allotment system, in order to eke out a subsistence .... He was prepared to maintain that there was nothing more' ennobling than agricultural labour; [especially i f one] was the cultivator of [one's] own field. 47  In a period of terrible industrial slump, before the introduction of a systematic welfare system, Manners's advocacy of allotments was not foolish.  It certainly could be expected to have a greater appeal to the  66  working class than pauperism and the workhouse.  Once again, Manners was  fortunate to find an issue on which his Medievalist views coincided with the wishes of the working classes of industrial Britain.  On another  occasion, he went so far as to call the introduction of allotment provisions into an Enclosure B i l l as "the equitable right, and i f not the legal right, 48 ought to be so, of the poor."  In 1845, Manners and his Young England colleagues threw themselves wholeheartedly  behind Cowper.  In his treatment of the issue, Manners had a  tendency to emphasize the plight of urban or semi-rural workers.  Thus, on  March 4, 1845 : He might refer to the framework-knitters in the midland parts of England; these could not get gardens under the present circumstances, whereas i f the House passed this B i l l , he had not the slightest doubt, from his knowledge of the class to whom he referred, that they would be greatly benefitted by i t . He could not avoid saying that the feelings and opinions of the people themselves ought to be respected on this question.... . He was sure the overworked and underpaid artisans and mechanics of this country would ever feel grateful to them for such a proof of their sympathy. 49 Furthermore, when i t came to the test, Manners was not adverse to supporting the compulsory clauses of Cowper's B i l l with a forthrightness that many other supporters could not muster.  On April 9, 1845, he decried the absurdity  of leaving allotments to the mercies of laissez-faire: The Hon. Member of Winchester said ... that i t was a good plan, why not leave i t to the care of those who were interested in i t . Now, his answer to that was short and simple - that the people who were most interested i n i t were those who were least able to help themselves. It was a cruel assertion to make to the labouring classes that they could and ought to help themselves in the way of procuring the means of comfort, when i t was notorious to a l l that the position in which they were placed prevented them from doing so. 50 Yet, the compulsory aspects of the B i l l should not be over-emphasized. The Times was probably right to claim that i t was unworkable due to i t s timidity in approaching the question of government interference. Nevertheless, i t was s t i l l one of the few pieces of 1840s legislation that 67  dared to countenance such action, a fact made more surprising by i t s doing so on behalf of the labouring poor.  Thus, despite their almost mystic  reverence for the Sacred Trust, the Young Englanders were willing, in their frustration at the failure of landowners to carry out their traditional paternal duties, to support legislation which dared to interfere in the sanctity even of land.  It was an issue on which even Smythe, so loath to  support government interference in other areas, did not hesitate to vote alongside his Young England colleagues.  Ill Young England broke up over the issue of agricultural protection.  In 1846,  Smythe and Cochrane, along with Moncton Milnes, joined with the Whigs, Radicals and Peelites in advocating the repeal of the Corn Laws, Smythe not least because he had been offered the position of Under-Secretary for 51 Foreign Affairs in Peel's Cabinet.  Be that as i t may, his defection to  Peel was in harmony with his increasingly Liberal beliefs.  Manners and  Disraeli, however, despite their disenchantment with the do-nothing aristocracy, remained loyal to the landed interest.  Abolition of Protection  would mean the triumph of Cobdenism, the cash nexus, and Free Trade.  It was  in this context that Manners commented acidly on the physical and moral decline of his class: The gentry of England must have sunk very low indeed, i f they f a l l before King 'Udson [George Hudson, the railway entrepreneur] as their mainstay and protector; but we live in strange times, and certes he appears to possess brass and energy as well as gold: but from the Plantagenet to the Hudson i s a great step, and a l l in five years! 52 In a sense, Manners was putting his faith in the Territorial Constitution over and above class loyalty, for, as the scholar G. Kitson Clark has discovered, the aristocracy and the landed interest were by no means identical.  In fact, a large segment of the wealthy and titled landowners 68  in Parliament either supported Corn Laws repeal, or opposed i t only because of the determined lobbying of their tenant farmer constitutents.  From the beginning, Disraeli was fierce for Protection.  Manners,  however, was rightly convinced that in practical terms repeal would change little. Disraeli.  For a while, he retained a position halfway between Smythe and Nevertheless, in the end his distaste for laissez-faire  economics won out, and he became an inveterate Protectionist, persuaded, perhaps, by the advice he received from his friend and colleague, Augustus Stafford, to, "look on this side and do not aid the sledge-hammer of 54 political economy to break i t in pieces without one struggle."  Manners's  decision to support the Country Party did not, however, come quickly enough for his Newark constituents, and his hesitancy cost him his seat.^  Yet,  as early as 1842, he had warned the Free Traders of how weak a straw the Corn Laws were as an explanation for England's i l l s : He remembered the prosperity that a few years ago clothed the manufacturing districts where the distress was now so great; and also remembered that the Corn Laws were then in existence as now ... . Suppose the Corn Laws were repealed; that the mills now stopped working were again in action, that the agricultural interest no longer existed to be pointed to as the cause of the manufacturing distress, and yet that distress again f e l l on the manufacturers, to what cause would i t be attributed? 56  Disraeli made many of the same points as Manners, but more vehemently. It has been suggested, and the evidence appears to bear i t out, that he opposed repeal not merely because i t undermined the Territorial Constitution, but because the dogma of Free Trade was predicated on a Liberal brand of internationalism he considered far too impractical to succeed.^  Finally, then, Young England was a movement with roots not only in Romantic Medievalism per se, but also in the social class then dominating 69  British society and politics - the landed laristocfacy.  However, in their  refusal to ape the platitudes of the Tory Old Guard concerning the supposedly innate moral superiority of the nobility, the Young Englanders succeeded i n distancing themselves from their origins, even to the extent of supporting the one Parliamentary B i l l which advocated a degree of public supervision over the ways landowners dealt with their property; a B i l l , furthermore, in harmony with Young England's organic Medievalism, i f not with the predilections of a majority of the wealthy gentry.  Nor were allotments a mere whimsical fancy.  In an age where the working  man had no job security or unemployment pay, giving him a plot of land on which to grow vegtables was not so ridiculous.  It was, incidentally, a  scheme that came to fruition in post-World War Two Britain, where allotments were attached to council housing estates, and distributed amongst the tenants at a nominal charge.  On a whole, then, Young England's record in the  area of land relations was not as reactionary as i t could have been considering  their idealization of the Sacred Trust. Significantly, a similar  conclusion emerges from an examination of the movement's attitudes towards industrialism and i t s often dislocating consequences.  70  Chapter Five:  Young England and the Machine  I A dense cloud of pestilential smoke hangs over i t for ever ... , and at night the whole region burns like a volcano spilling fire from a thousand tubes of brick. But oh the wretched one hundred and fifty thousand mortals that grind out their destiny there! In the coal mines they were l i t e r a l l y naked, many of them, a l l but trousers, black as ravens; plashing about among the dripping caverns or scrambling amid heaps of broken mineral .... In the iron mills i t was a l i t t l e better ... . Here they were wheeling charred coals, breaking their ironstone, and tumbling and boring cannon with a hideous shrieking noise such as the earth could hardly parallel; and through the whole, half-naked demons pouring with sweat and besmeared with soot were hurrying to and fro in their red nightcaps and sheet iron breeches, ... hammering and squeezing the flowing metal as i f i t had been wax. 1 Such was Thomas Carlyle's description of industrial Birmingham in the 1820s. It was a vision common among those thinking men and women, whether Leftleaning Liberals like Dickens or Tory-Romantics like Coleridge or Carlyle, who rejected the Steam-Intellect Zeitgeist of the age.  Many historians  have tended to ascribe to Young England a similar kind of anti-industrialism, as much motivated by aristocratic hostility to the new forms of manufacturing wealth as by vague humanitarianism.  According to this interpretation, the  High Tory opposition to the new Poor Law and i t s support of factory legislation was symptomatic of the class war, an internecine struggle waged between Old and New Wealth  for the political reins of power.  Though this  interpretation i s debatable, i t s lingering smog s t i l l lies over Young England.  The truth i s , in fact, quite different.  Essentially, in their attitudes towards the machine age and the new industrial classes i t was creating, Young England was sympathetic rather than hostile.  Acknowledging the new order, they demanded that i f political  rights were to be extended to the manufacturing class, i t was only right that this same class take on those concomitant paternalist duties which the 71  movement claimed were interwoven with the possession of property. Where Young England tended to differ from the main body of Conservative  :  opinion was, f i r s t , in their strident calls for a physical application of traditional paternalist rhetoric; second, in their sympathetic attitude towards the manufacturing class; and, third, and most subversively, in the willingness of several of them to contemplate state intervention where property had abrogated i t s responsibilities to the commonweal.  It was in the third area, the role of the state in regulating commerce, that the unanimity of Young England, evident in other areas, broke down. The two members most amenable to state intervention were Lord John Manners, the spiritual heart of the movement, and Benjamin Disraeli.  The other two  core members, Baillie-Cochrane and Smythe, were less enamoured than their colleagues of stateism, an attitude which led them eventually to the Peelite-Liberal fold.  Nevertheless, for some years, despite the final  parting of the ways, they followed a similar ideological path, a path which had i t s origins (with the exception of Disraeli) in a common aristocratic background.  In their youth, Smythe, Manners and Cochrane possessed the general prejudices of their class. the machine age was hostile.  Inspired by Digby and Scott, their attitude to In Digby's The Broadstone of Honour, they read  that in the arcadian vales of medieval England, there were "no lawyers, no rich manufacturers to stimulate the passions of a peaceable and innocent people, no speculations ending in ruin and suicide, or success and the license of 2 hell."  Coleridge, another writer in the breviary of Young England, was  fequally hostile to industrial wealth.  The purpose of agriculture, he  insisted, was "ultimately the state of which i t i s the off-spring,"^ whereas the purposes of commercial wealth do not extend beyond personal 72  enrichment.  On a less elevated level, the visceral aristocratic discomfort  with the machine age i s wonderfully captured by Disraeli's Sybil character, Lord De Mowbray. "I fear ... [railroads] have a dangerous tendency to equality ... . Equality, Lady Marney, equality i s not our metier. If we nobles do not make a stand against the levelling spirit of the age, I am at a loss to know who will fight the battle. You may depend upon i t that these railroads are very dangerous things." 4  Manners's attitude, i f not as obtuse as Lord De Mowbray's, did at least echo Coleridge's sentiments.  Manners had read More's Utopia, leading him to  deplore that there were "few among our richest men who look upon their property as a sacred trust for others", and to ponder, "Must our manufacturers be curbed?  Would to God they could!  The catalyst which transformed Smythe's and Manners's ideas about industrialism was their October, 1841, tour of Lancashire, which they undertook in order to understand better the "Condition of England" question. While they did meet with Blake's satanic mills in the urban sprawls of Manchester, Bolton, and Stockport, they were, nevertheless, surprised to find that,'~in the large country mills, they often encountered'the-enlightened paternalism which had been so lacking among the landed gentry.  In Manchester, they met the Grant brothers,  prosperous  manufacturers  whom Manners referred to as "most exquisite old men"^ (and who provided the models for Dickens's Brothers Cheeryble).?  In his journal, Manners  recounted this introduction to the machine age: 25 October, 1841 Back to Manchester and at 1:00 in [a] carriage to his factory, about ten miles off; the children by the roadside as we passed, called "Hurrah for Grant!" They have some miles of the valley of the Irwell, and a very pretty place i t i s . There i s perhaps no other such establishment as this in England: they spin, bleach, and print;  73  anything more perfect I never saw, and the girls and men a l l looked very healthy and clean too ... .8 The following day, Smythe and Manners witnessed machine paternalism at work: 26 October, 1841 ... Brother John ... showed us round the grounds, and when we returned, there was the old gentleman sitting in the porch with his feet on a mat, dispensing his charity to half a dozen men. When they were going away, John said,"II doubt, brother, whether you are doing good by this." "Brother, brother," answered William, "the men can't starve you know! they would work i f they could;" then turning to me to explain," i t ' s the mill up yonder, s i r , has stopped; no, they mustn't starve, and i f we who can afford i t , don't feed them, they will get fed somehow else, and that perhaps wouldn't be so well" .... I was never more touched than during the old man's history of himself ... . What a l i f e has that man's been! From the boy wandering penniless by the banks of the uncontaminated Irwell - then without a chimney in i t s valley - to the princely manufacturer-merchant owning that very valley, and f i l l i n g remotest corners of the globe with the products of his industry and wealth, and s t i l l more wonderful, retaining a l l the guileness and simple-heartedness of childhood. 9 In Manners's evident admiration for the Grants' rise by honest labour to a position of wealth and influence, there was none of the aristocrat's contempt for the parvenu tradesman, his hands sullied with filthy lucre.  As they progressed through Lancashire, Smythe and Manners began to realize that the Grants were not an anomaly.  They encountered a German  embroiderer named Schwabe who paid his men generously, more than thirty shillings weekly, even though there was l i t t l e work at the time. 10 sound Tory and had no prejudice against the Corn Laws.  He was a  They also met a  manufacturer named Ashton, "one of the richest Whig millocrats" in 11 Lancashire. Like the Grants, he had a l i t t l e industrial f i e f of his own and treated his men well. Manners praised his "humanity, sound sense, 12 moderation, and good feeling."  Most of a l l , Smythe and Manners were impressed by a Mr Bashall who owned a mill some five miles outside Preston. his impressions.  Mr Bashall 74  In his journal, Manners described  has built a town, a manufactory, a house where he lives, a modern feudal lord, having, in fact, an absolute dominion over his men, who rent their cottages at 3s. a week from him; this i s doubtless a great improvement on town manufactories; the cottages are well-built, two storeys with two rooms in each, large windows, a back-yard, pure air ... . One woman we spoke to seemed fully aware of her advantages saying, "In a town, s i r , there's as much out as there i s i n . " Mr Bashall i s working f u l l hours, his rooms are 280 f t . long. There are twenty holidays, he does not work at night - that prevents the rooms being ventilated .... He was dressed in a common working sort of dress, and seemed to have no wish beyond his factory. 13 Leaving aside the machines, this could have been a description of the kind of ideal feudalism found in the pages of Scott and Digby.  Smythe and Manners also proved amenable to paternalist manufacturers who held views opposed to their own.  They were both impressed by a Mr. Ashworth's  model mills at Egerton and New Ealey.  Ashworth was a Radical who complained  to Manners, "I have 10 children growing up, and can I bear to see them 14 ruined to keep the purses of the landlords f u l l ? "  Nevertheless, the  Young Englanders could not f a i l to observe the feudal nature of these mills, though Manners did disapprove of the fiery brand of Liberalism taught in 15  the village school, which he characterized as "hot-bed intellect." As Lord Ashley later pointed out, "Ashworth's Mills are worth seeing; [they 16 are] clean [and] quite astonishing, [with] much discipline + order." To disperse the choking, debilitating dust that was an inevitable by-product of the cotton mills, Ashworth installed large fans in both work-rooms and privies.  Furthermore,  the conditions of health in the mills ... are exceedingly favourable. The working rooms are lofty, spacious, and well-ventilated, kept at an equable temperature, and scrupulously clean. There i s nothing in sight, sound or smell to offend the most fastidious sense. 18 Naturally, a feudal manufacturer like Ashworth extended a paternal eye beyond the factory gates.  Like Bashall and the Grants, he provided soundly-  constructed cottages for his employees and education for their children in  75  the village schools.  Modern observers would, perhaps, be disconcerted by  Ashworth and his brother's interference in the morals of their workers. Being local magistrates, they had constables patrol the villages at night-time. Apprehended wrong-doers would be warned the following day by one of the Ashworths that they "must either reform, or go about [their] business."  20  Although this Lancashire odyssey did much to dispel Smythe's and Manners's antipathy towards manufacturers as a class, they were s t i l l shocked by the conditions of the urban slums.  In his journal Manners wrote about the  physical squalor in passages paraphrased in Whibley's biography: Everywhere they went ... Manners and Smythe saw signs of the profoundest misery. Stockport, Cobden's constituency, seemed to them a city of the dead ... . Every fourth house was closed and they were not surprised when a fellow in a fustian jacket cried out, "Do you want a borough, gentlemen? This i s to be let or sold." No sound was heard in the town save the funereal tolling of the great church bell, and the contrast of Stockport with the happy valley of the Grants was complete. Bolton ... was in yet worse case. There they came upon a lane in which every cottage told a tale of distress. "In no one of the houses we went into," writes Lord John in his journal "was there a blanket, in some no fires; in the bedroom upstairs an old mattress would be a l l the bedding and furniture of a family. One woman who seemed to be a shade better off, when asked what had become of her blanket, said she sold i t last week for 4 d. after she had gone without food for two days. In one of the most desolate stood a portable pulpit, and from this, in the cold evenings the hopeless wretches, who had lost a l l hope on earth, and against whom the church doors are shut, would try to win some comfort. We did what we could to relieve them, and as we left one cottage some squalid haggard being would rush to us, and pray us to v i s i t his or her misery, yet in a l l this we heard of no threats, hardly a murmer; they had got a stage beyond active despair. Poor devils! There was no work for them to do, nor any prospect of work, and radical employers like Ashworth "laid i t a l l to the aristocrats','." 21 Yet, Manners could not have been dismayed at the poverty alone, as his description of the portable pulpit indicates. country mills struck him forcefully.  The contrast between town and  In rural areas, feudal ties could  develop, since the millocrat was in continual proximity to his dependents, 22  and a l l "owed connexion ... man to man."  Here could blossom Coleridge's  "Home-Born Feelings". In the countryside, ignorance of squalor was no excuse - unlike the towns where millocrats and machine-serfs lived in different 76  districts, hermetically sealed, one from the other.  And here lay the difference.  The towns were sprawling, rootless, spiritually deadening; where the only connexion between men was the cash-nexus, where the individual was a mere economic unit, a cog in a self-perpetuating machine of supply-and-demand, prey at any moment to dismissal.  It was from being confronted with this  contrast between urban anarchy and rural paternalism that Manners's later writings and parliamentary  activity in the area of industrialism stem. The  essence of his new philosophy was contained in a letter written to his brother Granby: It's a l l very well for the Manchester Radicals to r a i l against an aristocracy, but between you and me there never was so complete a feudal system as that of the mills; soul and body are, or might be, at the absolute disposal of one man, and that to my notion i s not at a l l a bad state of society; the worst of this manufacturing feudalism i s i t s uncertainty, and the moment the cotton lord i s done, there's an end also to his dependants' very subsistence; in legislating, this great difference between an agricultural and a trading aristocracy ought not to be lost sight of. 23  Smythe's view had also been irrevocably transformed by the Lancashire tour.  He chose, however, to forget the urban slums, and to emphasize the  glories of the new commerce.  Smythe, according to Manners, seemed "to 24  have run aristocracy-of-wealth mad."  Increasingly, he came to perceive  events from the perspective of the manufacturers, an attitude which led him inevitably to Peelism.  In Historic Fancies, his praise of Carlist peasants  and revolutionary Jacobins i s joined by a panegyric to commerce, entitled "The Merchants of Old England". The land i t boasts i t s titled hosts - they cannot vie with these, The Merchants of Old England - the Seigneurs of the Seas, In the days of Queen Victoria, for they have borne her sway From the far Atlantic islands, to the islands of Cathay, And o'er one-sixth of a l l the earth, and over a l l the main, Like some good Fairy, Freedom marks and blesses her domain. 25 Disraeli, the titular head of Young England, was closer to Manners than to Smythe in his attitudes to the machine age.  77  His outlook i s probably best  expressed in his Young England novels, Coningsby and Sybil, rather than in his parliamentary career which, during this period, only touched on industrial matters peripherally.  Yet, between them, Coningsby and Sybil  offer a fascinating portrait of the Young England brand of machine feudalism. Young Coningsby's investigative trip to Manchester and i t s environs was a thinly disguised account of Smythe's and Manners's 1841 tour.  Far from being lost in the mists of a romanticized past, Disraeli balanced his respect of traditional, organic institutions with a healthy awareness of the dialectic of change.  It was the enigmatic and near-  omniscient Jew,Sidonia,who stirred Coningsby into embarking on his Northern 26 journey by remarking, "The age of ruins i s past; have you seen Manchester?" And when Coningsby does encounter this metropolis of steam and cotton, he is suitably overwhelmed by i t s almost baroque splendour: Yet, rightly understood, Manchester i s as great a human exploit as Athens ... . Now [Coningsby] was among illumined factories, with more windows than Italian Palaces, and smoking chimneys taller than Egyptian obelisks .... He entered chambers vaster than are told of in Arabian fable, and peopled with habitants more wondrous than Afrite or Peri ... . Nor should the weaving-room be forgotten, where a thousand or fifteen hundred girls may be observed in their coral necklaces, working like Penelope ... ; some pretty, some pert, some graceful and jocund, some absorbed in their occupation; a l i t t l e serious, some, few sad. And the cotton you have observed in i t s rude state, ... you may now watch as in a moment, i t i s tinted with beautiful colours ... . 27 The extravagance of this passage i s self-evident.  It has, however, caused  some confusion among scholars who find i t s sentiments hard to reconcile with the more harshly realistic vision of industrialism portrayed in Sybil a year later.  The mystery may be cleared by remembering that Coningsby i s truly  Smythe, and that the reader i s , perhaps, viewing Manchester through his eyes, not Disraeli's.  Very possibly, Disraeli was mocking his compatriot's  effusive regard for commerce, just as in a later chapter he may have been gently lampooning Manners's (Lord Henry's) enthusiasm for maypoles and village sports.  Disraeli seems more serious,- however, when he enthuses 78  about the manufacturer Millbank's mill, the apotheosis of machine feudalism.  Millbank, modelled on either Bashall or Ashworth, i s a paternal employer who has provided his labourers with ventilated working conditions and sturdy cottages.  And yet, like Ashworth, he bears a deep grudge against the land-  owning class which was dominating the political and social l i f e of Britain. It is from him that Coningsby f i r s t hears the Coleridgean idea of an 28 aristocracy of talent as well as one of birth.  Later in the novel,  Disraeli argues that this manufacturing wealth "was rapidly developing classes whose power was imperfectly recognized in the constitutional scheme 29 and whose duties in the social system seem altogether omitted." The novel's conclusion, a marriage between the aristocratic Coningsby and Millbank's daughter Edith, i s a personification of the Young England ideal - the marriage of "Norman manners" and "Saxon industry".^^  Only through  the aristocracy taking on the drive and imagination of the manufacturers,  and  only through the manufacturers taking on the paternal duties attendant on property, could England be saved from the spectre of revolution. At one point, Disraeli outlines the mission of Young England: ... to establish great principles which may maintain the realm, and secure the happiness of the people ...; [to] see authority once more honoured; a solemn reverence again the habit of our lives; ... [and] property acknowledging as in the old days of faith, that labour is his twin brother, that the essence of a l l tenure is the performance of duty. 31  Yet, i t i s Disraeli's Sybil (1845) that best gives the Young England (or at least the Manners-Disraeli axis) version of industrial Britain.  The  novel's account of industrial conditions came mainly from two sources; the Parliamentary Blue Books compiled by Lord Ashley's Factory Commission; and Disraeli's own observations taken during a prolonged stay in Lancashire in  79  October, 1844, where he was the guest of .the Radical-Tory M.P. and Young England ally, W.B. Ferrand, "a great expert on the malpractices of 32 manufacturers and millowners."  The Athenaeum hailed Sybil as a sign "that the relations of rich and poor - the enlargement of the former's sympathies and the amelioration of the  latter's misery - are becoming matters of interest."" " 5  so happy.  5  Others were not  The Cobdenites and other Manchester Radicals, who saw something  wonderful in children of five and six contributing to the prosperity of the 34 country, thought Sybil a dangerous novel.  They disliked the fact that i t  seemed to be advocating some form of interference in the natural workings of a competitive economic order. No doubt, their ire was particularly aroused by Disraeli's denunciation of the spirit of the age: If a spirit of rapacious covetousness, desecrating a l l the humanities of l i f e has been the besetting sin of England for the last century and a half, since the passing of the Reform Act the altar of Mammon has blazed with triple worship. To acquire, to accumulate, to plunder each other by virtue of philosophic phrases, to propose a Utopia to consist only of WEALTH and TOIL, this has been the breathless business of enfranchised England for the last twelve years, until we are startled from our voracious strife by the wail of intolerable serfage. 35  Having damned the spirit of this fragmented age, the "two nations", Disraeli went on to examine the conditions of the urban poor.  In his  descriptions of slum l i f e , there i s no hint of baroque splendour.  At one  point, he relates the experiences of a small child, Devilsdust: About a fortnight after his mother had introduced him into the world she returned to her factory, and put her infant out to nurse; that i s to say, paid 3 pence a week to an old woman, who takes charge of these new-born babes for the day, and gives them back at night to their mothers as they return from the scene of their labour to the dungeon or the den, which i s s t i l l ... called "home". The expense i s not great: laudanum and treacle ... affords these innocents a brief taste of the sweets of existence, and keeping them quiet, prepares them for the silence of their impending grave. Infanticide i s practiced as extensively and as legally in England as i t i s on the banks of the Ganges; a circumstance which apparently has not yet engaged the attention of the Society for the Propogation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. 36 80  The next few pages pile on the horrors in true Dickensian form.  It should  be noted, however, that Disraeli, like Smythe in his evocation of the Jacobins, appeared to have l i t t l e fear of the working-class products of this system.  Even Devilsdust, the above-mentioned progeny of the twilight  slums, grows to be an intelligent, responsible young man, however Radical he i s in his politics.  Throughout the novel, the labourers are treated with  respect as well as sympathy.  One should, perhaps, compare the sanguinary  mob scenes found in many Liberal novels with Disraeli's evocation of a torch-lit Chartist  demonstration:  ... a l l hurried, yet spontaneous and certain, indications how mankind, under the influence of high and earnest feelings, recur instantly to ceremony and form; how, when the imagination i s excited, i t ... requires for its expression something beyond the routine of daily l i f e ... . The interminable population, the mighty melody, the incredible order, the simple yet awful solemnity, this representation of the great cause to which [Sybil] was devoted, under an aspect that at once satisfied the .F: reason, captivated the imagination, and elevated the heart. 37 At the novel's climax, when urban distress and upper-class indifference finally lead to an uprising of the people, their conduct i s generally disciplined and peaceful.  The only exceptions to this are a mob of fellows  called "Hell-cats", under the leadership of the "Bishop", who eventually succeed in whipping up to a fever pitch the discontent of the striking 38 labourers.  The "Hell-cats" personify for Young England a l l that i s  iniquitous in a laissez-faire, egalitarian society. Wodgate, the "hellcats'" town, i s the nadir of atomism.  It i s a town without laws, traditions,  institutions, religion and hereditary classes. The only authorities are master-artisans like the "Bishop" who bully their apprentices mercilessly. Social-Darwinism and the "survival-of-the-fittest" are the only determinants of existence.  It i s the teachings of Ricardo and Cobden taken to a logical  extreme.^ Naturally, as a manifestation of Young England thought, Sybil i s more than  81  a  catalogue of the evils of the machine age.  It, too, evokes the image  of feudal capitalism, here personified in the person of Mr. Trafford, a character who never makes, a physical appearance in the novel though his spirit i s everywhere.  It i s his mill alone in the whole of the manufactu-  ring district of Marney that escapes.being gutted. There are sound reasons for this.  Trafford,  1  a*true  paternal employer, has provided schools for  his operatives' children, charity for when their fortunes are low, clean and ventilated working conditions, and perhaps most important of a l l , security of employment even in times of slump.  "He i s a most inveterate  capitalist," complains the radical Chartist Field, "and would divert the minds of the people from the five-points by alloting them gardens and giving 41 them baths."  To which the "Bishop" replies, "we will have no more gardens  in England; everything shall be open, ... and baths shall only be used to drown the enemies of the people.  42 I always was against washing ... ."  Yet, i t must be emphasized that Disraeli had more than a condescending sympathy for the workers.  He appeared to be aware that when social  conditions deteriorate past a certain point, a paternalist reputation alone cannot avail against the anger of the people.  It i s not paternalism  that stays the hands of the local workers as they prepare to storm Trafford's mill, but rather Trafford's sympathy for their cause.  It i s Sybil's father,  Walter Gerard, Trafford's foreman but himself a leading Physical-Force Chartist, who persuades them to disperse quietly: "There i s not a machine or man that stirs here at this moment ... . The master here has done his best to soften your lots. He i s not one of those who deny that labour has rights .... I say that Mr. Trafford has always acknowledged the rights of labour... . The master here has no wish to interfere with the national holiday [General Strike]; a l l he wants to secure i s that a l l mills and works should alike stop .... It i s just; just and manly, and like a true-born Englishman, as he i s , who loves the people ...." 42 Disraeli's sensitivity here i s important (and i t was echoed by Manners). 82  Individual charity i s both Christian and necessary, but i t cannot avail against universal conditions of misery and neglect.  Young England's genuine sympathy for the aspirations of the manufacturing class reached i t s apotheosis in October, 1844, when Smythe, Manners and Disraeli travelled to Lancashire to speak at the Manchester Atheneaum, a society dedicated to disseminating culture among middleclass and artisan youth.  An earlier chapter has described the general  content of the Young England speeches - eg. Manners's conception of education  as a modern unifying bond and his approval of Manchester's  establishment of parks and walks for the community at large; and Disraeli's celebration of education as the creator of a true aristocracy-of-merit. But these wildly applauded speeches also touched on Young England's attitudes to commerce.  The soiree  occured prior to the publication of Sybil, so  Richard Cobden could be forgiven for claiming in his opening remarks to this assemblage of Manchester's middle class, that "they were Young Manchester, 43 and he rejoiced to think they had Young England with them." Smythe's speech could have done nothing to alarm Cobden.  Nevertheless,  Echoing his  poetry, Smythe spun a tapestry which equated free commerce with "free letters": Because your ships ... are laden not alone with bales of cloth and cottons, but with goods which have neither a declared nor an o f f i c i a l value, you carry with you truths from this free island which tend; to elevate the character of man. You carry with you principles which tend to unite a l l nations in one fair confraternity of reciprocal assistance. Here, ... a country ruled by an enlightened sovereign, not less alive, ... to the misery of her poorer subjects we are publishing the banns between ... industry and ... intellect. 44  Manners and Disraeli, while no less sympathetic to the achievements of commerce, tended naturally to be slightly admonitory; and both hinted at the need for improvement. Disraeli was the milder of the two: 83  Then, to the youth of Manchester, ... I now appeal. The leaders of [this] community have not been remiss in regard to their interests. Let them remember that when the inheritance devolves upon them they are not only to enjoy but to improve ... . Let i t not be said they were deficient in public virtue and public s p i r i t - . . . . 45 Manners, on the other hand, was more blunt: Be i t yours to render obsolete the taint that manufacturers must produce a dry, harsh, unpoetical material spirit; be i t yours to practically refute the terrible contrast which has been drawn by the master architect of the day [Pugin], between such a town as Manchester in 1480 and 1840, by inducing a love for ... whatever i s ... ennobling in the fine arts ... . 46 Yet, Manners was not so naive as to advocate culture as the only solution to the problems of the age.  Ultimately, both he and Disraeli came to perceive  that a ;path seemed to be leading inevitably from a celebration in literature of machine feudalism to actual state intervention.  To understand how stateism  was the logical consequence of Young England's evocation of an organic, duty-bound society, one must look once more at their parliamentary activity.  II Manners and Disraeli were distinct from most other Medievalists of the period in that they were willing to look beyond the confines of private property and assign a major charitable role to the state, something we have already observed in the context of agriculture.  Simply put, they epitomized the most forward-  looking elements of the Romantic-Medievalist tradition. They shared with Coleridge and Southey an openness to state intervention, and with Carlyle a sympathy with the manufacturing class, held simultaneously with an abhorrence of Manchester School economics.  The one significant advantage they had over  Carlyle and the rest was that they were Members of Parliament and were thus able to advocate in a public forum the application of their principles.  In the area of factory legislation, there was no consistency within Young England.  Smythe was already dedicated to' laissez-faire and, as a  84  consequence, voted against the Ten Hours B i l l of 1844.  Disraeli's  parliamentary record in this area i s mildly disappointing, particularly, in light of his articulate and forthright evocation of machine feudalism in his novels; he was more concerned with foreign policy and the tactical game of undermining the Peel Government.  With the exception of his impassioned  speech against the new Poor Law, Baillie-Cochrane tended to be a silent voter on the side of stateist legislation.  It was, however, Manners, the  most historically maligned of the four, who was the one to advocate most consistently the Young England philosophy as outlined in his poems and Disraeli's novels.  From the outset of his parliamentary career, he supported  the application of traditional principles which, on the lips of most Tories, were mere convenient rhetoric.  •None of the Young Englanders cared whether their beliefs contradicted those of their own Treasury Bench.  The f i r s t salvo in the battle over  industrial policy Was fired by Manners in Parliament on February 10,  1842.  During a heated discussion concerning the on-going slump in the manufacturing districts, Sir James Graham, the Home Secretary, claimed that reports of distress in Bolton had been exaggerated, to which Manners bluntly replied that he did not believe that the distress of Bolton had been ... exaggerated. He went himself down to the Borough to inquire into the truth of this fact, being unwilling to believe that such a state of things could have existed. As an Englishman and a Christian, he was not disposed to believe this distress, and he must bear testimony to the truth of the statements which have been made by the hon. member for Bolton on the subject. He hoped, however, that some measure would be adopted that would permanently relieve this state of things. 47 It i s evident, then, that even at this stage of his career, Manners was pressing Parliament to take measures to,ameliorate permanently the plight of the poor.  He was soon to be more specific in his proposals.  On May  30, 1842, he supported Peel on the issue of the income tax, which was being 85  attacked by Cobden and the other Philosophic Radicals on the grounds that i t was an unwarranted interference by the state into private property. Manners argued that the Income Tax B i l l was a bold - and believed i t would be a successful - attempt to diminish the influence of wealth; to which, and not to the influence of the aristocracy, a great part of the present evils were to be attributed. 48  Manners and his Young England colleagues also involved themselves in sanitary reform and urban planning.  On April 5, 1842, Manners introduced  the Committee on the Southwark Improvement B i l l , and asked for i t to be given further consideration.  The Philosophic Radicals and Peelites asked  for a postponement, and Manners was voted down. Baillie-Cochrane voted 49 with his colleague.  More significantly, several years later, as a  consequence of Edwin Chadwick's 1842 report on the sanitary condition., of the labouring population, Disraeli and Manners joined the newly-founded Health of Towns Association.  Formed from an unlikely alliance of  Utilitarians like Chadwick and Southwood Smith, the Tory Evangelical, Lord Ashley, Whig noblemen like Lord Morpeth, progressive Liberals like Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the economist Thomas Tooke, and Radicals like Joseph Hume, the Association did not hesitate to demand a more active role for the central government in the area of urban sanitation. 50 On the surface, i t i s hard to reconcile the down-to-earth rationalism of the Health of Towns Association with two other social issues Young England, with Manners as their spokesman, were involved with:  Protestant monastic  institutions and the repeal of the Law of Mortmain.  The seeming archaism  of these two issues i s clear; nevertheless, neither one was quite as absurd as i t appeared at f i r s t glance.  With i t s faith in the unifying mission of the Established Church, Young 86  England's advocacy of monastic orders (perhaps along the lines of Coleridge's Clerisy) i s hardly surprising. In his The Monastic and Manufacturing  Systems, Manners outlined  the scheme at length.  Believing that "great and deeply-seated evils ... exist throughout the 51 whole of our manufacturing society," he despaired that "nothing but monastic 52 institutions can save Manchester."  Basically, Manners advocated monastic  institutions because he realized that in the manufacturing districts, the parochial system had broken down, and individual parishes now lacked the resources to provide large-scale relief to the poor: ... In overgrown neglected town populations something more than the alms-dispensing of an un-aided clergyman i s required, and this is [only] to be found in the co-operation of a religious society. 53 However, so as to avoid the opprobrium attached to Popery, he was quick to point out that these would be institutions adapted to the age: ... Nothing would induce us for a moment to entertain the idea of the revival of monastic institutions, unless with the most unqualified assertion of direct Episcopal control, their entire subordination to the Church, and the absence of vows. 54  In the same pamphlet, he also suggested establishing organisations of Sisters of Charity, who would perform the same kind of good works that Elizabeth Fry was giving example of.  Acknowledging the emptiness and  frustration of the lives of many thousands of women of the middle and upper classes, he asked, How many discontented, avaricious, gambling old maids, faded beauties, speculating widows have during the last three centuries wasted their energies, and died miserably, because the ... Reformation left them no scope for usefulness. 55 How much better i t would be, he argued, i f the energies of these women were channelled into systematic charity work, rather than have them drag "on their lives in a l i s t l e s s or fretful subjection to the world.""^  87  Before the Church could once more f u l f i l l i t s organic role, i t , like the  aristocrats and capitalists, had to be reformed.  Furthermore, i f  i t would not mend i t s ways, Manners was willing to turn to the mechanisms of the  corporate state.  Actually, though impossible for certain social and  religious reasons, his proposal was not as s i l l y as i t sounds. the  In the 1840s,  Church of England was a wealthy and highly organised institution.  With  expanded financial assistance from. the.government, i t would, technically, have been in a position to carry out relief work on a large scale.  The  advantage i t had over every other religious and secular organisation was, of course, i t s omnipresent reach into every parish of the country, and i t s hierarchical infrastructure which stretched from the parish vicarage, to the diocese, to the highest centralized authority, the arch-bishopric. the  Even on  level of the diocese, i t was well-positioned to implement a program of  relief, with i t s deacons, rectors, wardens, and other o f f i c i a l s .  Manners's  scheme f e l l on deaf ears, not because i t was technically impossible, but because i t failed to take into account the divisive religious passions of the  age.  Under no circumstances would Methodists, Non-Comformists, and  Dissenters allow the Established Church to become a nation-wide governmentsponsered relief agency.  In Manners's defence, i t can be argued that the  Protestant monasticism of which he spoke was conceived of as extending far beyond the Established Church i t s e l f , so as to include a l l Protestants willing to pledge themselves to defend traditional institutions, in other words, a Universal Church.  However, even i f seen in this light, his scheme  s t i l l failed to acknowledge the fundamental reality of Britain's sectarian fragmentation.  Another problem was the attitude of the appointed leaders  of the Anglican faith who, with some honorable exceptions, were not keen to implement their pious platitudes about the need to respond to the physical deterioration of the labouring masses. 88  A similar problem arose from Manners's parliamentary lobbying, actively supported by the rest of Young England, to have the Mortmain Law abolished. The Law was a hindering device which prohibited the bequeathing of money in perpetuity to religious establishments.  The significance of this Law  was  that i t stood in the way of an extended charitable role for the Church. Although Manners's impassioned speech in favour of the proposal did lead to the establishment of a Committee with f u l l Government support, the consequent B i l l floundered.  He did not, in fact, see the victory of his  opinions until the Mortmain and Charitable Uses Act of 1888, and i t s amendment three years later.  What i s interesting, however, i s the reason  Manners gave for advocating abolition.  He declared that he was motivated  by the Government's constant refusal to interfere on behalf of the downtrodden: It was only after this House declared that the poor should not be instructed, and that the unemployed should not be set to work by public generosity, that he asked them to carry that principle to i t s legitimate extent, which alone could justify them in acting on i t , and while they refused to be munificent as a state, to throw every f a c i l i t y in the way of private munificence. 57 Manners, then, was not indulging in romantic folly.  If the state was not to  be paternalistic, then i t must remove a l l obstacles to private charity; to refuse to do so would be an apostasy of principle. two fundamental points.  The B i l l was rejected on  First, the Philosophic Radicals feared that tying  up lands in perpetuity would discourage "the spirit of commerce." Second, the Anglicans were concerned that repeal of the hindering law would allow rich Dissenters and Catholics to bolster the wealth and influence of their 58 churches.  Whibley was right to declare that Manners's "equanimity i l l 59  accorded with the spirit of the time."  On this issue too, Manners must  be chided for not taking into account the religious dissensions of his time. His schemes were not totally far-fetched, but they were meant for a more tolerant or a more religiously unified age. 89  Young England applied both their religious tolerance and their awareness of the imperatives of a machine age to the Irish Problem.  In  many ways, though, they expressed the litany of Early Victorian complaints about Ireland.  Disraeli stated that she was cursed with an alien Church,  an absentee aristocracy and an impoverished peasantry and Manners asserted that an Irish allotments scheme should be financed through a tax levied on absentee landlords.  60  On the other hand, the movement did have the  prescience to express the need both for agricultural reform and for commercial and industrial development in Ireland, even i f such progressive measures were advocated in a somewhat archaic language.  Manners, for  instance, invoked the ghost of the seventeenth century, reminding Parliament that Lord Strafford had been the one to introduce into Ireland the cultivation of flax and the linen trade.  Such an approach, he claimed,  should once more be introduced into that long-suffering land: I agree ... that physical distress i s the real effective cause of the disquiet of Ireland. And I must express my disappointment that no hopes have been held out by Her Majesty's Ministers for alleviating i t , more especially as that country offers so many means of profitable employment for the people .... If you wanted to find the real origin of Ireland's evils you are not to look to Popery, nor to democracy; you must go deeper and seek i t in the destitution and agony of the people .... I cannot refrain from quoting [Bishop Berkeley] - "Alas! how many incentives to industry offer themselves in this island, crying aloud to the inhabitants for work. Roads to be repaired, rivers navigable, fisheries on the coast, mines to be wrought, plantations to be raised, manufactures improved, and above a l l , lands to be t i l l e d , and sown with a l l sorts of grain." 61 Some days later, Smythe recommended to the House that i t act on his friend's 62 proposals.  If nothing else, Young England's approach to Ireland  illustrates how wrong i t i s to assert that the movement was only concerned with a return to an i d y l l i c rural past, devoid of machinery. It was, however, Young England's support of government-directed factory reform that illustrates best i t s willingness (Smythe excepted) to place a 90  desire for a stable, organic state above i t s traditional reliance on the efficacy of parochial institutions.  And though Manners was again the move-  ment's spokesman on this issue, he was supported by W.B. Milnes who,  Ferrand and Moncton  though not part of the core of Young England, were infused with  its paternal, Medievalist s p i r i t .  A l l three lobbied vigorously on behalf  of Ashley's Ten Hours B i l l and against Government amendments which would have extended to twelve hours the limit women and children could work.  Ferrand, a close friend of Manners and Disraeli and a Tory-Radical from the North country, was notorious for the ferocity of his temper and the bluntness of his language.^  When he spoke on factory reform, he  invariably mixed a passionate sympathy for the working classes with a profound contempt for the manufacturers.  Thus, on April 22, 1844,  he  exclaimed that the working classes had challenged the masters to meet them; they did not fear to meet them openly, face to face; they knew that on their side they had truth and justice, whilst on the side of the masters, there was falsehood and injustice. If the working classes were in fault in seeking this protection, how did i t happen that the masters would not confront them, and show them that they were in error ... . The working classes were better able to discuss this question than two-thirds of the Members of that House, and they were protected under a Ten Hours B i l l . 64 Manners, on the other hand, made i t clear from the outset that his opposition to a society predicated on the cash nexus did not extend to opposing factories or manufacturers in themselves.  In this speech of  March 22, 1844, he publicly invoked the vision of feudal capitalism that had been growing within him since his f i r s t v i s i t to Lancashire: In private, he had never hesitated to give that fair description of the great manufactories which he was now prepared to give in public .... He should say that the general characteristic of the districts they had visited was a small town ... of well-built cottages ... . THey saw signs of much discipline and supervision exercised over the occupants, every shop being licensed by the mill-owner and every-one being dependent upon him for the exercise of his calling. [The cottages are roomy, etc., and the work people seem healthy; the average receipt per family being an ample 30 shillings a week]. 91  He had come to the conclusion that these comforts and conveniences . were at the disposal of the manufacturing population of the large establishments .... 65 Nor was Manners adverse to pointing out unpalatable facts to landowners: In one cottage they had entered they found a woman with ten children ...,.and having asked her whether she would prefer to go back into the country districts, she laughed at the idea, and said, "No, not on any account." This woman they had found, ... cooking for herself and family a meal of beef and potatoes. 66 Manners then explained why this benign vision did not contradict his support of the Ten Hours B i l l .  He stressed that the conditions of which he spoke  were chiefly to be met with in the larger country establishments whereas the noble Lord's descriptions related principally to the condition of the factory population in the great manufacturing towns .... He had seen side by side with the prosperity of Turton enough of the misery of Bolton, to make him believe that the same country may easily at the same time "bloom a garden and a grave." 67 Manners went on to attack the Government's Twelve Hours Amendment. His arguments were not without wit or a good layman's understanding of economics.  He drew attention to the incongruity of claiming, on the one  hand, that the reduction of working hours from twelve to ten. would irreparably reduce production, making Britain unable to compete with foreign markets, while, on the other hand, claiming that i f the proposal was adopted, wages would f a l l by 25?o.  If the latter was so, Manners argued, 68  surely British industry would have no problem under-pricing foreign goods. The enemies of the B i l l could not have i t both ways. Manners was, in fact, quite astute at pointing out the absurd hyperbole of the B i l l ' s opponents: It was saying ... that the whole secret of our vast manufacturing power lay in the one hour before sunrise and in the one hour after sunset snatched from the poor people of England. And this too, after a l l they had heard of the iniquity of protection! ... He should rather have imagined that the protection of their manufactures existed in the exemption of machinery from taxation, ... in the power of a manufacturer to assemble around his dwelling any number of people he pleased, to make addition to his wealth by means of that machinery, i f trade were brisk; and who, i f trade were dull, would have no claim upon that wealth which they contributed to swell. He should have imagined i t to consist in the fact of the very rooms in which that machinery worked, and of that machinery i t s e l f , paying nothing to the relief of the poor, or towards the burthens of the state - but now i t seemed that the only protection ;  92  which was looked upon as essential, consisted in the over-working of mothers and infant children. 69 Without hesitation, Manners went on to defend the idea of state intervention in the economy.  To Ashley's B i l l  he gave his cordial and unqualified support - with no lingering regret, however, as some appeared to have done, that i t infringed upon the principle of non-interference with the free exercise of labour, but because he believed that the great inquest of the nation was called upon to legislate on this question. 70 Finally, he hinted at the dire consequences of rejecting the Ten Hours B i l l . By passing i t , you told the toiling people of England ... that the Legislature was prepared to interfere for the shirt-maker of London - for the poor workman of the metropolis, and on behalf of want and poverty wherever they are to be found ..., as well as in favour of the operative spinners of cotton and of flax. By that decision, you caused joy ... to prevail where before was nothing but despair - and yet that decision you now propose to reverse .... I would entreat this House to reflect for a moment on ... the last three years. Have you learnt nothing from the manufacturing insurrection in the North - ... nothing from the agrarian rebellion in Wales - nothing from the indifference with which your labourers i n Cambridgeshire and elsewhere regard your flaming homesteads and fired corn-ricks? [Revolution will be the] melancholy result of your refusal to interfere i n behalf of the over-worked labourer who t o i l s beyond human endurance at the manufactories of England ... . 71 One should not f a i l to note that Manners mentioned agrarian unrest in the same breath as factory insurrections. danger not to come from  machines in themselves, but rather from an ideology,  laissez-faire capitalism, which alike.  It i s evident that he perceived the  had bewitched manufacturers and landowners  Nor was his sense of apocalyptic foreboding out of place in the mid-  18403.  Yet, i t was Moncton Milnes, another Tory-Romantic ally of Young England, who put the case for government interference at i t s most sensible and astute. In his speech of May 13, 1844, he drew a parallel between slavery and factory work.  The labourer, he claimed,  ought to be free in some other sense, than to be free to starve, or free to break the law i f he chose to take the risk of punishment. It 93  became the Legislature then, to remove the evils which the factory system presented to the improvement of the freeman with as much zeal.and earnestness as they had shown i n removing slavery ... .72 Having attacked laissez-faire, he went on to argue in favour of factory protection.  To the question, "why interfere here when you do not else-  where?", he would answer, because here they had the power; and because they had the power, they had also the responsibility; where they could do anything which they refused to do, to improve the moral condition of the people, they incurred great moral responsibility by the refusal. A l l legislation was i n fact interference. Was not the stopping of the Arts Union the other day an interference with free labour? Was not the very violent .. . but very proper interference of the police with the gaming houses at the West End the other evening, an interference with the free employment of capital? But, "oh, ... you will spoil the character which distinguishes Englishmen by interfering." Now, notwithstanding this independence of character, i t was these very Englishmen who came and asked for protection. The question was not whether they should step in voluntarily, but whether they should refuse to step in when called upon to enter? 73 Milnes had here succeeded in giving a modern definition of the role of the state.  In a sense, interference is_ the fundamental definition of govern-  ment.  The state exists as an agency to safeguard the lives and freedoms of  the citizen; i t has often no recourse save interference.  Morally, the state  has as much a duty to guarantee fair working conditions to the toiling labourer as i t does to protect an aristocrat's home from burglars.  Victory on this issue did not come until June 8, 1847, when Fielden's Ten Hours B i l l received royal assent.  Though Young England had been mortally  wounded over the repeal of the Corn Laws, i t lived on in the minds of, at!: least Manners and Disraeli.  When Fielden triumphantly carried the 1847 Ten  Hours B i l l to the Lords, he was accompanied by twenty other members, including 74 both Manners and Disraeli. Manners continued his fight on behalf of labour.  On May 20, 1846, he  spoke in Parliament in defence of a B i l l intended to protect lace-makers who, 94  he claimed, required government interference in order to better their working conditions and regulate their night-labour.  As was becoming  increasingly common, Smythe voted with the majority which suppressed the 75 measure.  The Young England spirit shone brightest, however, in Manners's working friendship with the Radical-Tory, Richard Oastler, a man who used the phrase "the Social State" to symbolize his hopes.^  Their relationship had begun  in February, 1844, when Oastler met Manners after  ^  (where he had been incarcerated for debt in 1840).^  release from prison Earlier, Manners had  contributed to Oastler's Liberation Fund because, as he wrote to Ferrand, "in these days of philosophical cant, Oastler has had the courage to fight 78 the poor man's battle in the old-fashioned way."  They corresponded  regularly and discovered that they both shared a compassion for the poor : .'. which derived from a deep religious faith.  Both loathed Utilitarian  economics and wished to see a reformed Establishment become more intimately involved with the physical and spiritual needs of the people.  Furthermore,  neither one had faith in democracy which, they felt, would do l i t t l e to shackle the capitalist and lead either to the further atomization of society, 79 or to a tyranny.  Manners essentially saw Oastler as an intermediary  between the Protectionist rear-guarders  and the industrial proletariat.  As  he wrote to his brother, Granby, Oastler i s the one engine, by which the manufacturing districts can be worked and I could wish Stanley send him 10 pounds with a few words of encouragement. Manchester and Leeds are not to be won by rose-water. 80 Significantly, Oastler had a more ambitious role in mind for Manners. essence, he viewed Manners as the leader of a true Tory Democracy: a "heroic leader who would call forth from the people a spontaneous movement 95  In  for  s o c i a l r e c o n s t r u c t i o n , " (a l a C a r l y l e ) .  O a s t l e r approved  o f Young England's  According to h i s biographer,  scheme t o apply c h i v a l r y t o an  industrial 82  s o c i e t y , and wished t o see i t accomplished for  U:ndc.r  ;  Manners's a e g i s .  a l l Manners's q u a l i t i e s , O a s t l e r ' s A r t h u r i a n v i s i o n o f him was  illusion.  He was  Yet, an  i n c a p a b l e f o r reasons o f temperament o f f u l f i l l i n g  r o l e O a s t l e r had a s s i g n e d t o him.  For a l l h i s i n t e l l i g e n c e and  the  deep  c o n v i c t i o n s , Manners l a c k e d the r e q u i r e d q u a l i t i e s o f l e a d e r s h i p : s u s t a i n e d 83 a g g r e s s i v e n e s s and  determination.  By the mid-1850s, he had s l i p p e d i n t o a  k i n d o f p a s s i v i t y , c o n t e n t t o f o l l o w the l e a d of h i s more flamboyant  friend,  Disraeli. Before t h i s , however, i n a l l i a n c e with O a s t l e r , the o l d c o r e o f Young England  had one l a s t b a t t l e t o f i g h t on b e h a l f o f the i n d u s t r i a l worker.  T h i s arose from an attempt  by a combination  R a d i c a l s t o make the Ten Hours B i l l Baron Parke had argued  o f P e e l i t e s , Whigs and P h i l o s o p h i c  inoperative.  On February  8, 1850,  i n the Court o f Exchequer f o r a r e l a y system o f  w o r k - s h i f t s t o be allowed i n m i l l s i n order t h a t manufacturers d e p r i v e d o f the f u l l  c o n t r o l of t h e i r c a p i t a l .  d e c i s i o n , the Government i n t r o d u c e d a B i l l changes which, as The  Mr.  In accordance  would not with  be  this  t o implement the d e s i r e d changes;  Times p o i n t e d out, reduced  F i e l d e n ' s 1847  Bill  to a  84 nullity  a t one  r e s o l u t i o n was  stroke. passed  At a meeting o f the Ten Hours Movement, a calling  f o r a D e c l a r a t o r y Act which would have s a f e -  guarded the t r u e i n t e n t o f the o r i g i n a l the proposed  P a r l i a m e n t , was urged  I t was  decided t h a t  Amendment be e n t r u s t e d t o t h r e e members - Lord A s h l e y , George 85  BankeSj and Manners*  who  Ten Hours B i l l .  bitter.  The  s t r u g g l e over t h i s i s s u e , Jiat.b_.in and out of  In the end,  i t f i n a l l y exhausted  Ashley h i m s e l f ,  the Ten Hours Movement t o a c c e p t the " p r o p o s i t i o n s made by [ t h e ] '~ 86 Government." In t h i s , he was supported by The Times>_Manners, however, along 96  with Oastler and Ferrand, remained adamant against capitulation under the mask of compromise.  The Movement, feeling betrayed by Ashley, turned to  Manners for leadership: The West Riding Central Committee emphatically repudiated Ashley and asked Lord John Manners to take his place. A conference of the Fielden Society did the same. Even the Manchester Committee ... decided to support Lord John Manners who had promised to move a Ten Hours Amendment to the Government's b i l l . 87 The Amendment was doomed from the beginning.  Nevertheless, Manners  dutifully introduced i t on June 14, 1850, exhorting the House to redeem the pledge which they had given, and to prove to the working people ... that they attached more value to the claims and rights of the working people ... , than they did to the backstairs influence and coffeehouse combinations of any set of associated millowners ... . He appealed to the House to show that they were not only in name, but in very deed and reality, the representatives of the Commons of England. 88 Both Disraeli and Cochrane made speeches in support of Manners. Cochrane argued that the Ten Hours B i l l should not be altered without the consent of 89 the factory operatives.  Disraeli's speech "put Oastler's position in a  90 nutshell." He began by acknowledging that, although I have been in Parliament more years than I care to remember, I have hitherto registered my vote on this subject without ever presuming to address the House upon i t . 91 On this occasion, however, he made up for the deficiencies of the past.  He  reminded the House that despite i t s unwillingness in the past to "interfere 92 with regard to labour",  and despite the dire predictions of economic  disaster from the Philosophic Radicals, i t had passed the Ten Hours B i l l in 1847, "the principle which the working people ... had long desired to see 93 94 embodied in the law." Why then, in a period of "commercial prosperity", with a contented and well-paid labouring class, did the legislature intend to "repeal and abrogate" this "important statute", and thereby "deprive the people of the consequences ... of an Act of Parliament which they [had] 95 struggled for"?  He concluded by warning them of the fruits of such an  apostasy of duty: 97  . The voice of outraged faith i s no respecter of persons. Its cry cannot be stifled; i t will penetrate the Senate, and reach the Throne. 96 In true Young England fashion, Disraeli was condemning the destructive consequences of an unregulated economy.  If such tendencies were not curbed,  anarchy and the collapse of the traditional order would ultimately ensue. It was therefore the duty of Government to take an active paternal interest in the plight of the working class: The reason that the Government of this country i s more powerful than other Governments i s , because the moral influences are those which predominate. What you .have to decide tonight i s whether you will taint this fountain of security, whether you can govern millions of freemen, except upon the principles of justice,benevolence, and truth. 97 Yet, Disraeli's eloquence could avail l i t t l e , and the Amendment was<decisively 98 rejected 181 votes to 142.  Nevertheless, i t was an occasion where the  flame of Young England flickered for one last time.  On this Amendment, as  on one of Ashley's introduced earlier that day concerning child -factory 99 labour,  Manners, Disraeli, and Cochrane found themselves voting in favour  of government intervention on behalf of the industrial worker.  In the  Lords, even the Malthusian Lord Brougham deplored the rejection of these Amendments, calling i t a betrayal of the workers' rights.""^  As Manners  himself remarked, the Government had called the B i l l a "compromise" in order to push i t through.  "It was in reality," he said, "a compromise of nothing 101  but the rights of the people and of the honour of Parliament."  Young  England's swan-song thus ended with a diminuendo. Ill  In essence then, there was l i t t l e that could be called reactionary in Young England's approach to industrialism.  Though the movement split on the  questions of state intervention and Free Trade, both factions, that of Smythe and, at least on the latter question, Cochrane, and that of Manners and Disraeli, celebrated the new machinery and the emergence of a new, 98  dynamic social class - the manufacturers.  Smythe, however, for a l l his  sympathy for the Jacobins, found himself slipping easily into the Peelite camp. Manners and Disraeli, on the other hand, the exponents of Young England at i t s most consistent, realized that a strong Britain, organically linked by Throne, Altar, and Cottage, was incompatible with a society predicated on atomistic, competitive economic values.  Nevertheless, since they knew that  "the age of ruins" was gone forever, the new technology had to be seen as a blessing and not a curse.  More than anything-else, Manners and Disraeli 102  wanted to marry "Norman manners" to "Saxon industry",  to make the new  manufacturing class cognizant of the duties of property.  Certain manufacturers  had shown how near-feudal relations and "Home-Born Feelings" could flourish alongside profits in the large country mills, away from the pestilential labyrinths of Bolton, Birmingham and Stockport, labyrinths plagued with a l l the dehumanising defects of a fragmented, unregulated society.  Manners praised  this machine feudalism in his journal and Parliamentary speeches, as did Disraeli in his Young England novels.  The recent experiences of several  countries undergoing modernization suggest this vision to be more than idle speculation.  Japan has shown how successful a form of semi-feudal capitalism,  organically linked to past traditions, can be; while China and Yugoslavia have achieved some notable successes through establishing de-centralized industrial colonies in rural areas.'"^ Nevertheless, Manners and Disraeli were not so foolish as to put a l l their hopes on moral exhortations to the manufacturers.  If Britain was to  avoid disintegration through the dissolution of a l l traditional bonds and through the increasing moral and physical decline of the labouring masses, more direct action was needed. Suspicious like a l l Conservatives of Benthamitelike centralism, Young England turned to stateism only with hesitation.  99  Manners, especially, explored the possibility of resurrecting the Church of England as a truly unifying and charitable body.  However, since the  Church proved unwilling to don the mantle of national paternalism, Young England undertook to support measures aimed at extending the paternal role of government. parliamentary  For some eight years, Manners and Disraeli supported a l l  legislation calling for state intervention on behalf of  industrial workers.  Finally, i t should be emphasized that Manners and Disraeli were motivated by more than pity when they expressed concern for the condition of the working class.  Just as i t has been argued that Disraeli's support for the  Corn Laws was inspired more by a vision of Britain's imperial destiny than by a sentimental attachment to the landed aristocracy, so Manners's advocacy of factory legislation can be seen as partly nationalist in character.  He  expressed this most clearly in A Plea for National Holy Days (1842): In a military and national point of view, we have more to fear from the physical and moral decay of the serfs of wealth than from that of the tenants and dependents of the Church; and that i f i t be the' duty of a paternal and religious government, as I suppose most will admit i t to be, to foster by a l l means the national strength, which i s the national defence, and to ward off a l l that may impair i t , i t becomes now the duty of the government to raise the depressed condition of the working classes. 104 Not only i s this an explicit advocacy of stateism, i t also brings to mind one of the revelations that led to Lloyd George's National Insurance Act (1911) - the shocking rejection rates of working-class volunteers during the South African War.  It appears that Young England, despite i t s evocation of a  gilded past, was clearly aware of the imperative of the age - the reconciling of  - society with the invariably dislocating processes of  industrialization.  100  CONCLUSION  Young England lasted no more than a few years and was as fragile as a house of cards.  The Young Englanders often expressed ideas of sheer whimsy, such  as Smythe's advocacy of the King's Touch and Manners's quixotic support of the Spanish Carlists.  Nevertheless, their invocation in literature and in  Parliament of the anti-atomistic ideology of the Lake Poets, Carlyle, and Cobbett, and their often enlightened attempts to reconcile a traditional, organic vision with the realities of an industrialized age, should make one hesitate before dismissing them out of hand as reactionary.  In an age of  often dour Sabbatarianism, they offered Sunday sports and ale for a l l , traditional pastimes for rural folk, and fair-grounds, free museums, parks, and lending libraries for the city poor.  From both rural landowners and  industrial manufacturers, they demanded a genuine noblesse-oblige, entailing not only the amelioration of the hardships of the poor, but educational, cultural and moral responsibilities as well.  In return, they  asked from the rural and industrial labourers loyalty to their employers, Queen and country.  However, i f property-owners were lax in taking on their  paternal duties, Young England, as exemplified by Manners and Disraeli, was willing to contemplate the intervention of the state.  For, though they were  firm advocates of property rights and the parochial constitution, their vision of the duties attendant upon such rights was organic; to this extent, and one should not draw too close a parallel, their vision was collective rather than individualistic.  Thus, along with Ruskin and Morris who were  in many ways the heirs of this tradition, Young England offered a coherent and often insightful critique of the deficiencies of laissez-faire industrialism.  And i f Young England often obscured sensible policies in  fragrant clouds of myth and romance, what ideology does not commit much the same crime?  Both Socialism and Liberalism, for example, presume certain thing  101  about the nature (or potential nature) of man which are so speculative as to approach the mythic.  It i s really only the archaic language and imagery  of Young England's Romanticism that modern sensibilities find s i l l y .  The fates of the Young Englanders varied. into obscurity.  Baillie-Cochrane soon slipped  Smythe held several posts in Liberal-Peelite administrations  until his death at the age of forty in 1857, worn out by a dissolute l i f e . Smythe was one of those whose Romanticism was always highly tinged with cynicism, a quality that found i t s way into a number of epigrams of some wit:  "A middle class must make up i t s mind for one or two things - to  support an upper class or a lower class; and the former i s the cheaper of 1 the two." For a l l his intelligence, politics was not Smythe's metier. He soon abandoned public l i f e to become a respected foreign editor of the 2 Morning Chronicle.  His scandals were nortorious.  of having fought the last duel on British  He had the distinction  soil" and of having married a 5  rich hieress on his death-bed (which drew from him the question, whether there was to be "a wedding-feast or funeral baked meats' ).^ 1  Manners did not live up to his potential either.  Though-he held office  as a Cabinet Minister longer than any of his contemporaries (seventeen and a half years), he never held a position higher than Post-Master General."' This was not because he was considered unfit for the upper echelons of government - at various times he was offered the Lord-Lieutenancy of Ireland, the  Vice-Royalty of India, the Governership of Canada, the War Office, and  the  Admiralty^ - i t was rather his amiable lack of ambition for such  honours.^  From 1850 on, he allowed himself to fade, as i t were, into  Disraeli's shadow. As the years passed, his Conservatism became increasingly orthodox.  In a sense, he ceased to be a Young Englander the day in 1852 he  became Commissioner of Woods and Forests - his first elected office. 102  Over-night he became more cautious in his approach to government.  Indicative  of this was the B i l l he and Lord Derby introduced in 1852 which was  intended  to ensure that the water companies supplied pure water at reasonable rates. g The B i l l however, was a "clumsy and inept compromise", since both Manners and Derby were hesitant to tread too heavily on the toes of private enterprise. 9  As a result, the B i l l failed in i t s goal of protecting the consumer.  A  few years earlier, Manners would have been a good deal more adventurous in his willingness to contemplate direct state intervention. Essentially, l i t t l e insight into the nature of Manners's Young England sentiments is to be found in his post-1850 activities. Disraeli, naturally, provides the scholar with the most intriguing problem.  To what extent did he as Prime Minister attempt to legislate the  Young England program?  Evaluations of the later Disraeli have been varied  and contradictory; and this is not the place to explore them at length. Nevertheless, two are worthy of brief comment.  First, one has Robert  Blake's interpretation of Disraeli's debt to Young England.  Blake  asserts that "Disraeli had principles when he led the party and believed in 10 them sincerely," but that "they were not the principles of Young England". Furthermore, Disraeli's supporters have too often tried to justify their hero by twisting his later policies into some sort of fulfillment of the "Tory idea" of the 1840s, and interpreting his attitude towards the monarchy, the extension of the franchise, and social reform as a realization of the ideals of Coningsby and Sybil. 11 Yet, as to why this latter interpretation i s incorrect, Blake can only remark that Disraeli was "a practical politician" whose "policy was essentially 12 Peelite"; . the implication, of course, practical.  being that Young England was not  One wonders, .then, whether Blake's evaluation of Disraeli's  later actions i s not partly distorted by his hesitation to acknowledge the often progressive nature of Young England. 103  On the other hand, Clyde J. Lewis's interpretation, that consistency was a more important factor in Disraeli's political career than expediency, 13 has a greater ring of authenticity.  Lewis argues that, between 1835 and  1848 (his Young England phase), Disraeli proposed a positive program designed to re-establish what he conceived as the traditional constitution 14 of Britain.  After 1848 (though I would put i t several years later), he  abandoned this program and took up a defensive cudgel against those hostile forces of Liberalism, Socialism and Rationalism which, he believed, were undermining the nation. Lewis, quite aptly, calls this a change of 15 tactics, not principles.  As late as 1870, in the General Preface to the  Novels, Disraeli expressed sentiments which were those of Young England in both content and style.  One sentence, especially, contains the essence of  the Young England s p i r i t : The feudal system may have worn out, but i t s main principle, that the tenure of property should be the fulfillment of duty i s the essence of good government. 16 David Roberts's "Tory Paternalism and Social Reform" i s a severe critique of the Conservatism both of the Peelites and the Romantics.  Though admitting  that in relation to Peelism, i t was the "rural Toryism" of Eerrand, Oastler, Disraeli and Manners that most "vociferously condemned the abuses in factories," and whose leaders "sympathised most openly with the plight of the working 17 classes,"  Roberts also claims that the Tory Romantics (if not the Tory  Radicals) were ham-strung by their deep attachment to local interests and 18 their distrust of centralism.  As a consequence, then, "the corporate localism  of Disraeli's Protectionists and the political economy of the Peelites both 19 encouraged a practical policy of laissez-faire." the strong element of truth here.  There can be no denying  Manners's and Disraeli's opposition to 20  the Mining and Merchant Marine Acts of 1850 an excessive fear of centralism.  could, perhaps, be explained by  Nevertheless, Roberts fails to take into 104  account the close links between those few Conservatives he praises, Lord Ashley and the Tory Radicals, Oastler and Ferrand, and the most consistent Young Englanders, Manners and Disraeli.  Furthermore, as this study has  Shown, Young England was more deeply involved in the question of factory legislation than Roberts gives credit for. Finally, he passes over in virtual silence the movement's advocacy of rate-supported recreation for the working-classes and i t s support for the Field-Gardens B i l l , which, i f Roberts i s to be believed, should have been anathema to supporters of a parochial, rural-based constitution.  In fact, Young England recognised that the supreme possessor of property is the state to which a l l owe obedience.  This concept, common both to the  Middle Ages and the twentieth century, never completely disappeared, though, for a century, i t only just survived, a small and guttering flame, fed by the Romantic and Medievalist tradition, of which Young England was in many ways the apotheosis.  105  END NOTES  Introduction 1 Alexander Baillie-Cochrane, "In the Days of the Dandies, III: The Young England Party," Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, CXLVI (March, 1890), 314. 2  E.T. Raymond, The Alien Patriot (London, 1925),  3  Ibid., p. 114.  4  Ibid.  113.  Robert Blake, Disraeli (New York, 1968), p. 162. ^Quoted in Charles Whibley, Lord John Manners and his Friends Edinburgh, 1925), I, 142. 5  7  Ibid., P. 145.  8  Blake, p. 215.  9  Whibley, I, 145-46.  10  I b i d . , pp. 148-49.  11  I b i d . , p.. 159.  ;  (London and  I b i d . , p. 150. 13 For further information on this, see The History of the Times: The Tradition Established: 1841-1884. (London, 1939), II, 6-7, and Great Britain, Hansard's Parliamentary Debates, 1844, 74: 216, 24T, 250, 254, 259, 269, 307. Blake, p. 176. 15 Richard Moncton Milnes, "'Tancred', by Benjamin Disraeli," Edinburgh Review, Vol. 86 (July, 1847), pp. 138-55. 12  14  Chapter One:  Young England and the Historians  i R.K. Webb, Modern England; from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (New York, 1968). G.M. Trevelyan, British History in the Nineteenth Century and after, 1782-1919 (London, 193771 G.M. Young, Early Victorian England: Portrait of an Age (London, 1960).  5  ^Anthony Wood, Nineteenth Century Britain, 1815-1914 (London, 1960). ^Asa Briggs, The Age of Improvement (London, 1959). J.L. and Barbara Hammond, The Age of the Chartists: 1930), p. 56.  1832-1854 (London,  ^Norman Gash, Reaction and Reconstruction in English Politics, 1832-1852 (Oxford, 1965). g Norman Gash, Politics in the Age of Peel: A Study in the Technique of Parliamentary Representation, 1830-1850 (Atlantic Highlands, N.J., 1977). Norman Gash, Sir Robert Peel (London, 1972), p. 368. 10 Elie Halevy, The Age of Peel and Cobden; A History of the English People, 1841-1852 (New York, 1961), p. 345. 9  106  11  Walter L. Arnstein, Britain, Yesterday and Today: 1830 to the Present (Lexington, 1966), IV, 116. 12 W.F. Monypenny, The Life of Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (London, 1912), II, 165. E.L. Woodward, Age of Reform, 1815-1870 (Oxford, 1962), p. 114. 14 Monypenny, II, 165. Blake, p. 171. 13  15  I b i d . , p. 172. 18 David Roberts, Paternalism in Early Victorian England (London, 1979), p. 250. 19 Ibid., 20 Charles H. Kegel, "Lord John Manners and the Young England Movement: Romanticism in Politics," The Western Political Quarterly, 14 (1961), p. 697. I b i d . , p. 693. I b i d . , p. 691. 23 Martin Wiener, English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit (Cambridge, 1981), p. 30. \ o r d John Manners, England's Trust and Other Poems (London, 1841), p. 24. 25 Woodward, p. 115. I b i d . , p. 114. I b i d . , p. 115. 28 x Andre Maurois, Disraeli; A Picture of the Victorian Age (London, 1962), p. 161. I b i d . , p. 171. 16  21 22  2  26  27  29  "^Alice Chandler, A Dream of Order: The Medieval Ideal in NineteenthCentury English Literature (Lincoln, 1970), p. 163. 31  I b i d . , p. 164.  Chapter Two:  The Contemporary Response to Young England  1 Quoted in Chandler, p. 60. 2 Anon., "Coningsby," Eclectic Review, 4th Series, Vol. 16 (July 1844), pp. 50-71. "^Benjamin Disraeli, Coningsby; or the New Generation (New York and London), I, 154. Weiner, Chap. 7, pp. 127-155. ^Charles Dickens, House-hold Words (July 5, 1844), quoted in Patrick Brantlinger, The Spirit of Reform: British Literature and Politics, 1832-1867 (Cambridge, Mass., 1977), p. 197. W.E.  6  7  Hickson, "Coningsby," Westminster Review, Vol. 42, (Sept. 1844),  Ibid., p. 82.  Ibid. 9 Roberts, Paternalism, p. 78. 8  107  81.  10  Anon., "Coningsby; or the New Generation," Fraser's Magazine, Vol. 30 (July, 1844), p. 83. 11 William M. Thackeray, Morning Chronicle, May 13, 1844, quoted in Disraeli's Novels Reviewed, 1826-1968, ed. by R.W. Stewart (Metuchen, N.J., 1975), p. 185. 12 William M. Thackeray, The Diary of Jeames.de la Pluche, quoted in Whibley, I, 170-71. 13 Anon., "A History for Young England," Douglas Jerrold's Shilling Magazine, vol. 1 (Jan - June, 1845), p. 80. 14 / Anon., "Sybil," Douglas Jerrold's Shilling Magazine, vol. 1 (Jan. - June, 1845), p. 560. 15 Anon., "Coningsby; of the New Generation," Northern Star (Nov. 30, 1844), P. 3. I b i d . , (Feb. 1, 1845), p. 3. I b i d . , (Feb. 22, 1845), p. 3. 18 Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844, trans. Florence K. Wischnewetzky (London, 1920), p. 294n. 19 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party, trans. Samuel Moore (Chicago, 1947), p. 45. 20 Paul Smith, Disraelian Conservatism and Social Reform (London, 1967), p. 10. 21 Boyd Hilton, Corn, Cash, Commerce: The Economic Policies of the Tory Governments, 1815-1830 (Oxford, 1977). I b i d . , p. 312. 23 For more on Hayward, see Roberts, Paternalism, p. 195, and G.E. Woodberry, Literary Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century (New York, 1921), p. 91. 24 Alexander Hayward, "Young England," Edinburgh Review, vol. 49 (Oct. 1844), p. 519. 16 17  22  23  I b i d . , p. 521. Ibid.  27  I b i d . , p. 524.  I b i d . , p. 525. 29 Quoted in John Morley, Life of Gladstone (London, 1903), I, 304. The Croker Papers, ed. Louis J. Jennings (1885; New York, 1972), III, p. 9. 31 Roberts, Paternalism, p. 67. 32 Ibid., p. 70. William Sewell, "Carlyle's Works," Quarterly Review, vol., 132 (Sept., 1840), pp. 469, 501. I b i d . , p. 501. Roberts, Paternalism, p. 73. ^John Wilson Croker, "Policy of Ministers," Quarterly Review, vol. 144 (Sept., 1843), p. 553. Roberts, Paternalism, p. 36. I b i d . , pp. 74-75. 108 28  33  34 33 3  37  38  39Ibid. . 40Benjamin Disraeli, Coningsby; or the New Generation (New York, 1904), II, 63-64. I. 41, 'Quoted in Whibley, p. 174. T  E  Raymond, p. 110; see also Blake, p. 180.  42  The Croker Papers, III, 7-8.  43  Myron F. Brightfield, John Wilson Croker (London, 1940), p. 383. 45Ibid. , • .  44  T  Blake, p. 48. Furthermore, Lockhart "persistently ignored Disraeli. As late as 1848, when the latter had been a major political figure for at least two years, his name had never .... been mentioned in the Quarterly." 46  The Letters of Queen Victoria, ed. by A.C. Benson and Viscount Esher (London, 1907), II, 19. 48 Quoted i n Gash, Sir Robert Peel, p. 368. 49 •Ibid. "^Quoted in Roberts, Paternalism, p. 193. 47  51  I b i d . , p. 194.  32  I b i d . , p. 197.  33  Roberts, Paternalism, p. 194.  54  Whibley, pp. 143, 145-46.  33  36  The History of the Times, II, 7.  Quoted i n Gash, Sir Robert Peel, p. 156.  The Times (January 11, 1844), p. 4. 58 The Times, "Coningsby; or the New Generation," (May 20, 1844), p. 7. I b i d . , (May 13, 1844), p. 7.  57  39  I b i d . , (May 16, 1844), p. 7. 61  60  Roberts, Paternalism, p. 205. Ibid. Ibid. 64  The Spectator, "Young England" (July 15, 1843), p. 661. Ibid.  66  The Spectator, "Young England" (Sept. 9, 1843), p. 853.  Chandler, p. 163. See, for example, "Young England's Old Nobility," Punch, col. 6 (1844), p. 241; "Young England's Lament," Punch, vol. 7 (1845), p.127; "Benjamin Disraeli," Punch, vol. 6 (1844), p. v. Quoted in Amy Cruse, The Victorians and their Books (London, 1935), p.142. 67  68  69  Robert Malcolmson, Popular Recreations in English Society, 1700-1850, (Cambridge, 1973), pp. 170-71. 71 Quoted in ibid., p. 171. 70  109  79  Quoted in Whibley, I, 137.  73  74  73  Lord John Manners, A Plea for National Holy Days (London, 1842).  I b i d . , p. 155.  Malcolmson, p. 171.  76  77  Hansard, 1843, 71; 761-762. Roberts, Paternalism, p. 229.  Hansard, 1845, 78: 390. 79 Quoted in The Times (October 5, 1844), p. 6. 80 , . , Ibid. 78  T  Ibid. 82 , . , Ibid. T  Ibid. Chapter Three: Young England and the Medieval Revival 1 For general background, see Chandler, A Dream of Order; Karl Mannheim, "Conservative Thought," in Essays in Sociology and Social Psychology (London, 1953), pp. 74-165; Alfred Cobban, Edmund Burke and the Revolt Against the Eighteenth Century (London, 1960); Anthony Quinton, The Politics of Imperfection (London and Boston, 1976); R.J. White, The Conservative Tradition (London, 1964); Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind (New York, 1968); Noel 0'Sullivan, Conservatism (New York, 1976); Mark Girouard, The Return to Camelot: Chivalry and the English Gentleman (New Haven and London, 1981). 2 G.R. Elton, England Under the Tudors (London, 1960), p. 185. Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present (1843, London, 1897), pp. 2-6, 46-125. 4 Quoted in Chandler, p. 134. ^Robert Southey, Sir Thomas More: or Colloquies on the Progress of and Prospects of Society (London, 1829), I, 105. 3  6  Chandler, pp. 111-12.  0'Sullivan, p. 88. g S.T. Coleridge, Lay Sermons, vol. 6 of the Collected Works, ed. by R.J. White (Princeton and London, 1972), p. 229. 9 Quinton, p. 16. 10 Mentioned in 0'Sullivan, p. 94. 7  11  Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790, New York, 1955), p. 86. 1? Robert 0'Kell, "Disraeli's 'Coningsby*: Political Manifesto or Psychological Romance?', Victorian Studies, vol. 23, no. 1 (Autumn, 1979), pp. 57-78, p. 63. Quoted in Whibley, I, 136. George Sydney Smythe, "The Jacobin of Paris," Historic Fancies (London, 1844), pp. 182-88. Smith, pp. 14-15. Benjamin Disraeli, Sybil; or the Two Nations (tlevt York and London, 1904) 13  15 16  1in  II, 5. 17  I b i d . , I, 93.  18  I b i d . , pp. 87-88.  I b i d . , p. 91. 20 Ibid., p. 92. 21 19  c  Roberts, Paternalism, p. 250. Hansard, 1844, 76: 321.  22  23  I b i d . , pp. 321-22.  24  I b i d . , pp. 321, 323.  I b i d . , p. 326. Whibley, I, 63-74. 27 From a speech by Manners to the Birmingham Athenic Institution, August 1844, quoted in Whibley, I, 173. 28 Lord John Manners, England's Trust and Other Poems (London, 1841), pp. 15-16, 29 Ibid., p. 16. I b i d . , p. 24. 31 Lord John Manners, "Sybil; or the Two Nations," The Oxford and Cambridge Review, vol. I (July, 1845), pp. 1-11, transcribed in Disraeli's Novels Reviewed, p. 210. Chapter Four: Young England and the Sacred Trust William Cobbett, Rural Rides, ed. G.D.H. and Margaret Cole (London, 1930), II, 422. 2 William Cobbett, Selections, introduction by A.M.D. Hughes (Oxford, 1923), p. 159. Chandler, p. 3. 23  26  3Q  3  4  Hansard, 1845, 78: 76.  ^Patrick Brantlinger, p. 66; Crane Brinton, English Political Thought in the Nineteenth Century (New York, 1962), p. 170. For information on De Lisle and de Vere, see Whibley, I, 254-55. De Lisle i s almost certainly the model for Eustace Lyle, the paternalistic Catholic landowner of Coningsby fame. An interesting critique of the Lyle brand of charity can be found in M.E. Speare, The Political Novel (New York, 1966), p. 63. 6  7  Chandler, p. 157.  Q  G. Kitson Clark, "The Repeal of the Corn Laws and the Politics of the Forties," The Economic History Review, Second Series, vol. IV, no. 1 (1951), p. 8. 9 Benjamin Disraeli, Sybil, I, 68-72. 10 Ibid., I, 64. I b i d . , pp. 156-57. I b i d . , pp. 74-75. 13 Ibid., p. 75. 11  12  .. .  111  14  William M. Thackeray, "Sybil J' Morning Chronicle, May 13, transcribed in Disraeli's Novels Reviewed, p. 207.  1845,  \ o r d John Manners, "Sybil," pp. 209-210. 16 Lord John Manners, "Pilgrimage of Grace," English Ballads and Other Poems (London, 1850), p. 16. 17 Quoted in The Times, Oct. 21, 1844, p. 5. Ibid. Whibley, I, 115. 20 Ibid., p. 114. I b i d . , p. 115. 1  19  21  I b i d . , p. 95. 23 Roberts, Paternalism, p. 24 Disraeli, Coningsby, II, See W.H.G. Armytage, "The Agricultural History, vol. 32 26 22  25  223. 197. Chartist Land Colonies, 1846-1848," (1958), pp. 87-96.  B.P.P., Select Committee on Allotments of Land, 1843, 7, p. i v . Ibid. The Times, (Oct. 14, 1844), p. 4. 29 Ibid. The same editorial gives a good short summary of the powers of the Field-Garden Wardens established under the B i l l . The five Wardens "may either rent land, or take parish land, or demand a perpetual lease of a certain portion of every enclosure, in order to let i t to labourers in such quantities and at such rents as they think better." °Hansard, 1844, 76: 563-570, 992-993, 1845, 79: 380-386, 80: 244-249, 81: 1418-1428. 28  3  31  I b i d . , 79: 381.  32  I b i d . , 79:  383.  33  I b i d . , 76:  568.  34  I b i d . , 79:  383.  33  I b i d . , 81:  1425.  36  The Times, Oct. 14, 1844, p. 4.  B.P.P., 1843, 7, p. v i . I b i d . , pp. 15, 48, 76, 87,;134. 39 Ibid., p. 76. The witness should have known; he was a Reverand J.M. Maxfield, of Marsden Parish (Huddersfield), Yorkshire. 37  38  40 , . , T  Ibid., p. v i . 41 ^'ibid. 44I b i d . , p. 49. Ibid., Ibid. p. 115. 42  112  45 Ibid. 46'Ibid., p. 85. 47'Hansard, 1843, 70: 188. 48'Ibid., 1844, 73: 430. 49"Ibid., 1845, 78: 317. 50 Ibid., 1845, 79: 384. 51 Whibley, I, 198-199, 209, 243. 52 Ibid., pp. 191-92. 53" Clark, pp. 8-12. As to the backwardness of the protectionists, Clark has this to say: "In fact, some of the 'heresies' and 'fallacies' put forward by protectionists would seem to need but a l i t t l e redressing to be turned into statements about the importance of f u l l employment and the value of a managed currency to pass muster as the orthodoxies of modern economic controversy." (p. 11). 34  Whibley, I, 198-99, 209, 243. I b i d . , pp. 224-25.  33  36  Hansard, 1842, 60: 713.  37  Brinton, p. 145.  Chapter Five:  Young England and the Machine  1 Thomas Carlyle, Early Letters of Thomas Carlyle, 1814-1826, ed. Charles Eliot Norton (London, 1886), p. 312. 2 Kenelm Digby, The Broadstone of Honour; or the True Sense and Practice of Chivalry (London, 1846), I, 86. ^O'Sullivan, p. 87. D i s r a e l i , Sybil, I, 145-46.  4  Quoted in Whibley, I, 99.  3  Ibid. Ibid. 8 Ibid, 6  'ibid. 10 Ibid. 11 Ibid. 12 Ibid. 13 Ibid. 14 Ibid. 15' Ibid.  P- 102. PP , 102-03. P- 100. PP , 100-01. P- 101. P- 100. P- 101.  Quoted in Rhodes Boyson, The Ashworth Cotton Enterprise, The Rise and Fall of a Family Firm, 1818-1880 (Oxford, 1970), pp. 93-94. 17  I b i d . , p. 92.  113  18 Quoted i n Boyson, p. 93. I b i d . , pp. 115-140. 20 William Dodd, quoted in Boyson, p. 126. Whibley, I, 104-05. 22 19  21  Manners, England's Trust, p. 16. Quoted i n Whibley, I, 106.  23  I b i d . , p. 107. 25 Smythe, Historic Francies, p. 385. 26  24  Disraeli, Coningsby, I, 154. 27  I b i d . , I, 203-07.  28  I b i d . , pp. 224-25.  29  I b i d . , p. 207.  °Ibid., p. 223.  3  31  I b i d . , II, 139.  32  Blake, p. 181.  33  Quoted in Cruse, p. 139. Ibid. Disraeli, Sybil, I, 43.  36  I b i d . , p. 138.  I b i d . , pp. 71-73. I b i d . , II, 117-32, 140-59, 167-85. 39' For Various interpretations of Disraeli's treatment of the working class, and the "hell-cats" in particular, see Brantlinger, pp. 100-04; Thorn Braun, Disraeli the Novelist (London, 1981), pp. 98-110; Louis Cazamian, The Social Novel in England, 1830-1850,trans. Martin Fiel (London, 1973), pp. 175-183, 191-207; Richard A. Levine, Benjamin Disraeli (New York, 1968), pp. 79-86; Daniel R. Schwarz, Disraeli's Fiction (Guildford, London and Worcester, 1979), pp. 117-19; Sheila M. Smith, The Other Nation, The Poor in English Novels of the 1840s and 1850s (Oxford, 1980), pp. 69-74; M.E. Speare, pp. 71-80; Donald Stone, The Romantic Impulse in Victorian Fiction (Cambridge, Mass. and London, 1980), pp. 89-90. D i s r a e l i , Sybil, II, 153. 41 'ibid. I b i d . , pp. 156-57. Quoted in The Times (Oct. 5, 1844), p. 6 44 , . , Ibid. Ibid. 37 38  40  42 43  T  Ibid. 47  48  Hansard, 1842, 60: 262. I b i d . , 1842, 63: 992.  114  I b i d . , 1842, 61: 1290-91.  49  David Roberts, Victorian Origins of the British Welfare State (New Haven, 1960), pp. 72-72. 51 Lord John Manners, The Monastic and Manufacturing Systems (London, 1843), 30  P. 4. 52  Quoted in Whibley, I, 107.  33  Manners, The Monastic, p. 10.  34  I b i d . , p. 31.  33  I b i d . , pp. 28-29.  36  I b i d . , p. 30.  37  Hansard, 1843, 71: 100.  38  Whibley, I, 169. Ibid.  60  Hansard, 1843, 70: 114. Ibid.  I b i d . , p. 923. F o r Ferrand, see Roberts, Paternalism, p. 251; Chandler, t>.166; Whibley, I, 121-23. 62  63  64  Hansard, 1844, 74: 138.  63  I b i d . , 1844, 73: 1416-17.  66  I b i d . , p. 1418. Ibid.  68  I b i d . , pp. 1419-20.  69  I b i d . , p. 1419.  70  I b i d . , p. 1420.  71  I b i d . , pp. 1420-21.  72  I b i d . , 1844, 74: 1022.  I b i d . , pp. 1024-25. C e c i l Driver, Tory Radical: p. 472. 73  7 4  The Life of Richard Oastler (Jtew York, 1946),  Hansard, 1846, 86: 934-35, 950-51. 76 . Driver, p. v. I b i d . , p. 413-14. 78 Quoted i n Driver, p. 511. 79 ,. , Ibid. 80  73  n  77  T  Quoted in Driver, p. 512. 81  I b i d . , p. 509.  82  I b i d . , pp. 509-10.  83  I b i d . , p. 512. 115  84  I b i d . , p. 492.  83  I b i d . , p. 498.  86  I b i d . , p. 502.  87  I b i d . , p. 503.  88  Hansard, 1850, 111: 1254.  I b i d . , p. 1271. 90 89  Driver, p. 504. 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Hay 21, 1845 3 r d Reading o f Maynooth Bill  May 15, 1846 3rd Reading of Corn Ioiport. Bill  The "Core" Alexander GaillieCochrane  —  —  Aye  Aye  Aye  —  —  —  Benjamin Disraeli  Aye  Aye'  Aye  No  Aye  —  —  Aye  Lord John Manners  Aye  Aye-  Aye  No  Aye  Aye  Aye  Aye  George Sydney Smythe  —  ---  No  No  Aye  Aye  No  No  Peter Borthwick  Aye .  —  Aye  Aye  Aye  Aye  Aye  Aye  ...  —  W i l l i a m B. ferrand  Aye  —  Aye  No  Aye  Aye  —  Aye  Aye  ...  Aye  Aye  Aye  Aye  No  No  Aye  Aye  ...  ...  Aye  Aye  Aye  Aye  Aye  No  No  Aye  Aye  Aye  Aye  No  —  —  ...  Aye  Aye  Aye  No  No  No  Aye  Aye  No  No  The " P e r i p h e r y "  Moncton Milnes Stafford O'Brien  No Aye  Ayei  —  Aye Aye  Aye  YOUNG ENGLAND IN PARLIAMENT: A REPRESENTATIVE VOTING RECORD  From l e f t t o r i g h t , Great B r i t a i n , Hansard's Parliamentary Debates, 3 r d . S e r i e s : 1842, 62: 215-219; 63: 1048-51; 1844, 74: 1104-07; 75: 968-72; 76: 384-86; 1845, 79: 3B6; 1846, 86: 950-52. 1080-83; 1847, 92: 312-14; 1850, 111: 1240-42, 1283-86; 1845, 80: 745-48; 1846, 86: 721-26.  


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