style="background: #ececec; text-align: left; padding-left: 0.5em; font-weight: bold;" class="table-rh"dyers, blacksmiths, innkeepers, grocers, etc., etc.,—and who, in
my village, have founded friendly society.
I have transformed this friendly society, at my own hand,
into a Lower Council of Labour, and instituted an inquiry which
will be found of great importance, although it is not crammed
with figures, or inflated to the bulk of a quarto volume, printed
at the expense of the State.
My object was to interrogate these plain, simple people as to
the manner in which they are, or believe themselves to be,
affected by the policy of protection. The president pointed
out that this would be infringing to some extent on the
fundamental conditions of the Association. For in France, this land
of liberty, people who associate give up their right to talk
politics—in other words, their right to discuss their common
interests. However, after some hesitation, he agreed to include
the question in the order of the day.
They divided the assembly into as many committees as there
were groups of distinct trades, and delivered to each committee
a schedule to be filled up after fifteen days' deliberation.
On the day fixed, the worthy president (we adopt the official
style) took the chair, and there were laid upon the table (still
the official style) fifteen reports, which he read in succession.
The first which was taken into consideration was that of the
tailors. Here is an exact and literal copy of it:—