samuel hartlib

Aside from abolishing the death penalty, it appears that little else has changed in England in 369 years…

But if wee looke here in England we shall find our Cities few, ruinous and most of the Inhabitants very poore, and many of our Townes depopulated and destroyed; for what Towne almost throughout the Kingdome, that can produce at this day so many substantiall, and able men, as hath been 30 or 40 yeares since, yet every Towne much increased with a number of poore and miserable creatures, whereby our Trades are much decayed, which causes our importations to be great, and our exportations small, to the impoverishing of the land.