John Murray published Robert Peel's 'Speech on the repeal of the Corn Laws' in 1846.
In the 19th century, politicians' speeches were often reprinted in newspapers, journals and books.
The Corn Laws, which protected British agriculture from competition, were eventually repealed by Peel, to help Ireland, which was being ravaged by the potato famine.
Long debates and arguments from many landowners and his Conservative colleagues meant that Peel needed the support of the Whigs and Radicals to get his repeal passed.
Once the Corn Laws were repealed, Peel resigned and never held political office again.
Highlights in the John Murray Archive