John Wade, The Black Book: An Exposition of Abuses in Church and State 
The Black Book: An Exposition of Abuses in Church and State, Courts of Law, Municipal Corporations, and Public Companies; with a Précis of the House of Commons, Past, present, and to come. A New Edition, greatly enlarged and corrected to the present time. By the Original Editor. With an Appendix (London: Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange, 1835).
This Title Is Available In The Following Formats:
|HTML||3.6 MB||This version has been converted from the original text. Every effort has been taken to translate the unique features of the printed book into the HTML medium.|
|HTML by Chapter||(varies)||View this title one chapter at a time.|
|Simplified HTML||3.6 MB||This layout is optimized for screen readers and other assistive devices for the visually impaired.|
|Facsimile PDF||42.19 MB|
This is a facsimile or image-based PDF made from scans of the original book.
A version compatible with Kindle (Mobi format).
|EBook PDF||3.04 MB|
This text-based PDF or EBook was created from the HTML version of this book and is part of the Portable Library of Liberty.
About this title:
An extraordinary document which details the corruption and financial abuses of the British government as well as the sinecures and privileges of the army, church, and other groups. It was drawn up by John Wade as part of the radical movement to expand the franchise in England. It went through many editions. The work is an excellent example of the Philosophic Radicals class theory of political power. This edition one is the revised and expanded edition of 1835. Previous editions were known as the “extraordinary” Black Book.
About Liberty Fund:
Liberty Fund, Inc. is a private, educational foundation established to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals.
The text is in the public domain. It was scanned and originally put online by Google for non-commercial, educational purposes. We have retained the Google watermark as requested but have added tables of contents, pagination, and other educational aids where appropriate.
Fair use statement:
This material is put online to further the educational goals of Liberty Fund, Inc. Unless otherwise stated in the Copyright Information section above, this material may be used freely for educational and academic purposes. It may not be used in any way for profit.
- Advertisement to the New Edition.
- Address to the New Edition.
- Dedication to the People.
- Ministerial Plans On Tithes.
- The Black Book: an Exposition of Abuses In Church and State, Courts of Law, Municipal Corporations, and Public Companies
- Church of England.
- I.: Origin and Tenure of Church Property.
- II.: Patronage of the Church.
- III.: Sinecurism—non-residence—pluralities—church Discipline.
- IV.: Revenues Oe the Established Clergy.
- V.: Rapacity of the Clergy Exemplified.
- VI.: Origin and Defects of the Church Liturgy.
- VII.: Number, Wealth, Moral and Educational Efficiency of Protestant Dissenters.
- VIII.: Who Would Be Benefited By a Reform of the Church?
- List of Bishops, Dignitaries, and Pluralists of the Church of England.
- Valuation of Sees and Dignities In the King’s Book.
- Church of Ireland.
- Non-residence of the Irish Clergy.
- Oppressiveness of the Tithe System.
- Proportion of Catholics and Protestants In Ireland.
- Management of the First Fruits Fund.
- Promotions In the Irish Church.
- Intolerance Towards Dissenters and Roman Catholics.
- Crisis of the Irish Church At the Close of 1831.
- Revenues of the Crown.
- Crown Lands.
- Droits of the Crown and Admiralty.
- Four-and-a-half Per Cent. Duties.
- Scotch Civil List—gibraltar Duties—escheats—duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster—fines and Penalties.
- The Civil List.
- Civil List of William IV.
- Royal Debts and Expenditure During the Late Reigns.
- Policy and Character of the Two Late Reigns.
- Civil List Accounts.
- Irish Civil List.
- Scotch Civil List.
- Privy Council, Diplomatic Missions, and Consular Establishments.
- Ambassadors and Diplomatic Missions.
- Consular Establishments.
- The Aristocracy.
- I.: Right of Primogeniture and Entails.
- II.: Privileges of Peers.
- III.: Injustice of Aristocratic Taxation.
- IV.: Aristocratic Game-laws.
- V.: Incomes of the Aristocracy.
- VI.: Increase of the Peerage.
- VII.: Sources of Aristocratic Monopoly.
- Law and Courts of Law.
- Summary of Legal Abuses and Defects.
- Absurdities and Delays In Administrative Justice.
- Oppressions Under the Excise-laws.
- Prospects of Legal Reform.
- Judges’ Salaries.
- Court of Chancery.
- Masters In Chancery.
- Imprisonment For Debt.
- Progress of the Public Debt and Taxes.
- William the Third’s Reign, From 1688 to 1702. *
- Queen Anne’s Reign, From 1701 to 1714.
- George the First’s Reign, From 1714 to 1727.
- George the Second’s Reign, From 1727 to 1760.
- George the Third’s Reign, From 1760 to 1820.
- American War.
- Exposition of the Funding System.
- Plans For the Redemption of the Debt.
- Dead-weight Annuity Project.
- New Suggestions For Liquidating the Debt.
- Catastrophe of the Funding System.
- Taxation and Government Expenditure.
- General Principles of Taxation and Finance.
- Abuses In the Expenditure of Government.
- Workings of Taxation.
- East-india Company.
- Indian Wars and Territorial Acquisitions.
- Government and Patronage of India.
- Territorial Revenues of India.
- Commercial Intercourse With the Chinese.
- Commercial Profits of the Company.
- Renewal of the Charter of the East-india Company.
- Territorial Debt of India.
- Bank of England.
- Thoughts On a New Bank of England.
- Municipal Corporations, Companies, Guilds, and Fraternities.
- Origin of Corporations, Guilds, and Fraternities.
- Management and Revenues of the City Companies.
- Corporations of Cities and Towns.
- Abstract of the Receipts.
- Abstract of the Payments.
- Dr. Brady’s Interpretation of Communitatis.
- Places, Pensions, Sinecures, Compensations, Reversions, Half-pay, and Superannuations.
- Military and Naval Half-pay and Civil Superannuations.
- Sinecures, Reversions, and Pensions.
- Compensations and Retired Allowances.
- Salaries and Pensions Exceeding One Thousand Pounds.
- Reductions of the Whig Ministry.
- Alphabetic List of Places, Pensions, Sinecures, Grants, and Compensations.
- House of Commons, Past, Present, and to Come.
- I.—: Progress of the Constitution Up to the Reform Bill.
- II.: Adequacy of the Reform Bill to the Wants of the Nation.
- III.—: Practical Results of a Reformed House of Commons.
- Inns of Court and Chancery.
- Trinity College, Dublin. *
- Parliamentary Representation.
- Sums Expended Under the Head of Civil Contingencies In 1831.
- Dead Weight.
- Dividends Payable On the Public Debt.
- Colonial Statistics.
- House of Lords.
- Borough Lords and Their Representatives.
- Church Patronage of the Nobility,
- Commissioners of Sewers.
- Progress of Population.
- The ‘crisis.’
- Advertisement to the First Edition.
- Appendix to the Black Book.
- Chapter I.: General Principles and Practices of the Reform Ministry.
- Chapter II.: The Plough and the Loom.
- Chapter III.: The Church and Dissenters.
- Chapter IV.: Working of the Excise Laws.
- Chapter V.: Poor Laws’ Amendment Act.
- Chapter VI.: Catastrophe of the House of Lords.
- Chapter VII.: Character and Composition of the First Reform Parliament.
- Chapter VIII.: Dissolution and Character of the Reform Ministry.
- Chapter IX.: The Duke of Wellington and the Tories.
- I.—: Revenues of the English Church.
- II.—: The Church and the Dissenters.
- III.—: Parliamentary Papers.
- IV.—: Representation of England and Wales.
- V.—: Lists of Majorities and Minorities.
- VII.—: Placemen and Pensioners In the House of Commons.
- IX.—: Future Policy of the Tories.
- X.—: Whig Claims to National Confidence.
- XI.—: Militia, Yeomanry and Volunteers.
- XII.—: Proportion of Churchmen and Dissenters.
- XIII.—: Obituary and Corrections.
- List of the Members of the Anti-reform Government; With Their Characteristic Additions.
- I.—: New Cabinet Ministers.
- II.—: Not of the New Cabinet.
- III.—: Law Appointments.
- IV.—: Royal Household Appointments.