Travels Through France and Spain, in the Years 1770 and 1771; In Which Is Particularly Minuted, the Present State of Those Countries, Respecting the Agriculture, Population, Manufactures, Commerce, the Arts, and Useful Undertakings

Travels Through France and Spain, in the Years 1770 and 1771; In Which Is Particularly Minuted, the Present State of Those Countries, Respecting the Agriculture, Population, Manufactures, Commerce, the Arts, and Useful Undertakings

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1776 edition. Excerpt: ...set about the revival of it; and, notwithstanding the great want of money, which was selt through all the departments of the state, yet an annual sum was set apart and most religiously applied to this use. This sum, for three years, amounted to three hundred thousand pounds annually: fince that, it is said, they have increased to between four and. five hundred thousand: and yet a longer increase is now talked of. However, notwithstanding these exertions, the works of building and rcpairs have not. gone expecited, owing to what causelis by no means known; for, in the year 1769, the fleet amounted only to P 3 First' rates ' 8 Second rates 7 Third rates 5 Fourth rates, including those only which are adtually in or sit for service; for the common annual list is much more numerous. Upon the stocks there are, at Brest, Toulon, and Rochefort, above thirty sail of the line; xbutthe building then goes on very slowly, and-there are, in these ports, many ships under repairs, and others, which are entirely out of repair, but nothing done yet to them. There are also some ships building at Dunkirk, and other ports, which are small 5 and some more in Corfica, where the plenty of timber is very great. There is, farther, a contrafit executing in Sweden, which will not be concluded yet these five years. It is, upon the whole, generally concluded, that, in fix years time, if the government expends something more than the present arrangerncnt, -they will be able to equip seventy V 01.. IV. M sail sail os very fine line of battle ships. This, I am inclined to believe is true, but think, that the Miniflry will find it diflicult to spare the sums sus-ficient, suppofing the peace to last fix years longer. There is one circumscance which is favourable to them, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123680578X
  • 9781236805782