2 NOVEMBER 1872, Page 3

Sir Thomas Acland has made a very excellent, though, as

we have elsewhere remarked, rather undecided, speech to the Broad. elist Agricultural Association. He evidently wishes to concede a -considerable measure of tenant-right, though he prefers freedom of contract to Parliamentary legislation, and to give up the pre- servation of ground game, a point upon which we think opinion even among squires is becoming unanimous. He added, however, the curious remark that nobody should let his shootings ; that only the landlord, his friends, and the tenants should shoot over the farms, which strikes us as a bit of sentimental feudalism. He appeared also—though on this point he was exceedingly cautious —willing to support any proposal for making land more readily saleable, but did not define how far he would go. As Sir Thomas is a representative man, however, his willingness even to hear proposals from that aide implies much.