In 1763, the British Government had empty coffers and decided to tax cider production. But in order to tax cider, it was necessary to know who produced it, and to know who produced it, it was necessary to enter the English house. Problem: the people did not like that their houses were searched without a court order. There were three years of riots and controversy. History has left a brilliant speech by William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham and future prime minister, in which he defended one of the structuring pillars of liberalism: respect for private property.