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James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 26: three months in Europe. (search)
oing a good work for civilization and humanity in Borneo, but this impression was not confirmed by the ornate and fluent speech delivered by him on this occasion. During Mr. Greeley's stay in London, the repeal of the taxes on knowledge was agitated in and out of parliament. Those taxes were a duty on advertisements, and a stamp-duty of one penny per copy on every periodical containing news. A parliamentary committee, consisting of eight members of the House of Commons, the Rt. Hon. T. Milnor Gibson, Messrs. Tufnell, Ewart, Cobden, Rich, Adair, Hamilton, and Sir J. Walmsey, had the subject under consideration, and Mr. Greeley, as the representative of the only untrammeled press in the world, was invited to give the committee the benefit of his experience. Mr. Greeley's evidence, given in two sessions of the committee, no doubt had influence upon the subsequent action of parliament. The advertisement duty was entirely removed. The penny stamp was retained for revenue reasons o