The Parliamentary Register; Or, History of the Proceedings and Debates of the House of Commons Volume 4

The Parliamentary Register; Or, History of the Proceedings and Debates of the House of Commons Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1802 edition. Excerpt: ... happily enjoy, as the sirst commercial and trading nation in Europe; for the spirit and letter on which the whole of that law is founded, are, that no article or commodity shall be directly imported into the colonies from the place of their growth. Taking this in either light, as a mark of indulgence and favour intended to this paltry colony, which has cost this country more than the fee simple of it is worth; or taking it as a foundation for a treaty with the other colonies, I think such an invasion of the navigation act totally improper. But when we come to compute what the probable amount of such a revenue would come to, we must pause with astonishment to behold this country involving itself in such scenes of blood, expence, and ruin, in the pursuit and attainment of such an object. The imports into the colonies are computed to be between three and four millions annually. Now, taking it on the largest scale, we may presume, that the amount of the foreign commodities to be permitted to be imported, would be about an eighth of the whole imports, which, by computation, is found to be the case in the colony just mentioned, lake, then, the eight per cent, and you have the sum total of the revenue, which will be at or about forty-sive thousand pounds per annum, a sum which will no more than pay the expence of collecting it; and indeed, if not managed with greater ceconomy than the last, would not be sufsicient. If, then, our present warlike preparations, in which, to borrow a current ministerial phrase, every nerve and sinew of war and national ability is to be exerted, be to obtain just nothing; I can only fay, that it brings to my remembrance the conduct of a country gentleman, who made it a condition with his tenants to supply him with a certain...
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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236507134
  • 9781236507136