The first election for Manchester, in 1832, an emphatic assertion of free-trade principles—Mr. Cobbett and anti-slavery—Mr Mark. Phillips, Mr John Thomas Hope, and Mr. Samuel Jones Loyd—their cross examinations.
Another free-trade candidate wanted—Mr. C. P. Thomson—the contest—retrun of two free traders—results of general election—opening of Parliament.
The new House of Commons—not-the time plea—apathy of 1834—the Wellington Peel administration—agricultural distress—the abundance and prosperity of 1835—Richard Cobden.
An Anti-Corn-Law Association 1836—symptoms of coming distress—state of trade in 1837—failures—death of William IV.—general election—Mr. Villers' motion 1838—wheat doubled in price.
Origin of the Manchester Anti-Corn-Law Association, September, 1838—Dr. Bowring's speech—Mr. G. Hadfield—the seven members, and the Provisional Committee—Mr. Paulton's lectures.
Protracted discussions in the Chamber of Commons—Mr. J.B. Smith—Mr. R. Cobden—repeal of all protective duties demanded.
Large subscriptions to the Association-imputation of selfishness—O'Connor opposition at Leeds—public dinner of free-trade members of Parliament.—meeting of delegates—council appointed.
Delegate meeting in London, February 1839—Sir Robert Peel’s adroitness—Cobden as a speaker—chartist outrage—delegate meeting at Manchester—Mr. Villiers’ motion.
Establishment of the League, March 1839—The Anti Corn-Law Circular and tracts—the League abused—retirement of Mr. Poulen Thomson—election of Mr. R. H. Greg.
The campaign for 1840—erection of a pavilion—meeting of deputies there—list of deputies—free-trade banquets—the delegates in London—interviews with Melbourne, Peel and Graham, Russell, Labouchere,and Baring—Mr. Villiers’ motion—important resolution.
Starvation in Ireland—report of committee an import duties—Leaguers itinerating—M. Fred. Butipth defence of English ladies—petitions and publications.
Campaign of 1841—the Walsall election—retreat of the Whig candidate—vituperations of the Whig press—lesson to ministers, and their probable fate—agitation directed on Parliamentary boroughs.
Meetings in Manchester—the import duties—the Bible on the Corn Law—Mathew Henry.
Proposal of an eight shillings’ duty—the League’s address on total repeal—the whig budget—O’Conner chartists and physical-force—Dr.Sleigh’s mission—where farm produce goes.
Want-of-conﬁdence motion—ministers defeated—the election—Cobden returned for Stockport—why not for Manchester?—religous movement originated.
Conference of ministers of religion—its commitee and its address—Carnarvon convention.
Meeting of Parliament—ministers out-voted in the Lords—defeated in the Commons And their resignation—new ministry—renewed agitation—the land tax fraud exposed—deepening distress—the seige of Bolton.
Meeting of 120 delegates—resolutions and mode of working—Welsh conference—Midland Counties' conference—Cobden on machinery—ladies committee—appeal to the Queen—protectionist abuse.
Campaign of 1842—West of England conference—conference of ministers of the Gospel at Edinburgh—a farmer on high price—conference at Birmingham—great bazaar at Manchester
Meeting of Parliament—meeting of the League conference and list of deputies—entire repeal demanded—procession to the House of Commons—Peel meeting the delegates—deputation to Lord J Russell—resolutions of the delegates—meetings in the country.
Sir Robert Peel's new sliding scale—Mr. Villiers’ motion—Mr. R. Cobden's speech—heartless merriment—names of the minority—suffrage movement—the new Corn Bill passed.
The new tariff—dear bred and distress—Mr. Wallace'smotion—Palace Yard meetings—details of deep distress in all parts of the country.
Delegation to Sir Robert Peel—addresses of Mr. P. A. Taylor, Mr. Ridgway, Mr. J. Brooks, Mr. W. Ibbotson, Mr. Laurence Hey worth, the Rev. Mr. Bouner, Mr. Edmund Grundy, Mr. Whitehead, the Rev. Mr. Lowe—Sir Robert Peel's reply—other deputations to ministers.
Formidable turn-out, August 1842—its character Mr. Bright's address—the sound of a musket not heard—Mr. Cobden on the turn out.
Series of League meetings in Manchester, from September to the end of 1842.
Series of meetings in various parts of the country attended by deputations from the League—the authors amongst the farmers—position of the question address to the citizens of London.