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Appendix D: Land Tenure Reform Association: Public Lands and Commons Bill (1872) - John Stuart Mill, The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, Volume V - Essays on Economics and Society Part II 
The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, Volume V - Essays on Economics and Society Part II, ed. John M. Robson, introduction by Lord Robbins (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1967).
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Land Tenure Reform Association: Public Lands and Commons Bill (1872)
JSM was in Avignon during the early part of 1872, when this sheet must have been distributed, and there is no evidence that he took part in its composition, though he would surely have approved it. No marks on Somerville College copy.
LAND TENURE REFORM ASSOCIATION
Chairman, Mr. J. Stuart Mill
Treasurer, Mr. P. A. Taylor, m.p. Hon. Secretary, Colonel T. A. Cowper
Offices:—9, Buckingham Street, Strand
PUBLIC LANDS AND COMMONS BILL
The Second Reading of the Public Lands and Commons Bill will be moved by Sir C. Dilke, on Wednesday, July 3rd. The Bill is brought in by Sir C. Dilke, Mr. Morrison and Mr. P. A. Taylor, and applies only to Public Lands, or Lands held by Corporations, Charities, &c. for public uses, to Commons and Rights of Way. It not only provides for the more economical administration of public lands, but contains provisions calculated largely to promote the social and material well being of the industrial classes.
The Bill provides for the appointment of overseers of all public lands, commons, and rights of way; the salaries of such overseers to be defrayed out of the proceeds of the lands under their charge. Their duties in regard to public lands will be to manage them in the most economical and efficient manner, to let such lands by public tender, and when tenders are equal, to give the preference to that in which the largest number of persons are interested, thus affording facilities for co-operative agriculture and co-operative building.
The duties of the overseers in regard to public commons and rights of way will be to make enquiries into the nature and extent of public rights, report the result to the Home Secretary, and mark the extent of such commons and rights of way upon maps of their several districts, thus permanently securing the rights of the public.
All earnest Land Reformers are therefore urged to support the Bill for the following reasons:—
The Executive Committee of the Land Tenure Reform Association trust that their friends in the various constituencies will use every effort in behalf of the Bill, especially by communicating with their parliamentary representatives, and by obtaining resolutions from associated bodies in its favor, which also should be forwarded to the local members.