The Works of Edmund Burke Volume 2

The Works of Edmund Burke Volume 2

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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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...on which the report proceeded, did not go &r enough hack, to allow any sure and satisfactory average for a ground of solid calculation. But what was the event? When the next committee nte in 1791, they found, that, on an average of the last four years, their predecessors had fallen short in their estimate of the permanent taxes, hy more than three hundred and forty thousand pounds a year. Surely then if I can show, that in the produce of those same taxes, and more particularly of such as affect articles of luxurious use and consumption, the four years of the war have equalled those four years of peace, flourishing, as they were, heyond the most sanguine speculations, I may expect to hear no more of the distress occasioned hy the war. The additional hurthens which have heen laid on some of those same articles, might reasonahly claim some allowance to he made. Every new advance of the price to the consumer, la a new incentive to him to retrench the quantity of his consumption; and if, upon the whole, ho pays the same, his property computed hv the standard of what he voluntarily pays, muat remain the same. But I am willing to forego that fair advantage in the inquiry. I am willing that the receipts of the permanent taxes which existed hefore January, 1793, should he compared during the war, and during the period of peace which I have mentioned. I will go further. Complete accounts of the year 1791 were separately laid hefore your house. I am ready to stand hy a comparison of the produce of four years up to the heginning of the year 1792, with that of the war. Of the year immediately previous to hostilities, I have not heen ahle to ohtain any perfect documents; hut I have seen enough to satisfy me, that although a comparison, including that year, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 848g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236526929
  • 9781236526922