And bring the Riches of each Climate home;
With Northern Furrs we’re Clad, and Eastern Gold,
Yet know not India’s Heat, nor Russia’s Cold.
The most impressive –though perhaps not the greatest – gains off the back of empire were made by the middle classes. To the dread of the entrenched landed interest a new monied interest was appearing in England, blurring class distinctions. A commentator near the end of the century affirmed that: