An estimate of the comparative strength of Britain during the present and four preceding reigns; and of the losses of her trade ... since the Revolution. To which is added an essay on population, by the lord chief justice Hale

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London, 1794 - 254 pages
 

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Includes a chapter on Britain's economic conditions during the American Revolution.

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Page xli - That not to know at large of things remote From use, obscure and subtle, but to know That which before us lies in daily life, Is the prime wisdom : what is more is fume, Or emptiness, or fond impertinence, And renders us in things that most concern Unpractised, unprepared, and still to seek.
Page 77 - As to this country, * there have been three terrible years dearth of corn, and every place strewed with beggars; but dearths are common in better climates, and our evils here lie much deeper. Imagine a nation, the two thirds of whose revenues are spent out of it, and who are not permitted to trade with the other third...
Page 113 - Before her dance; behind her crawl the Old! See thronging Millions to the Pagod run, And offer Country, Parent, Wife, or Son! Hear her black Trumpet thro' the Land proclaim, That "Not to be corrupted is the Shame.
Page 133 - I'm sped, If foes, they write, if friends, they read me dead. Seized and tied down to judge, how wretched I! Who can't be silent, and who will not lie: To laugh, were want of goodness and of grace, And to be grave, exceeds all power of face. I sit with sad civility, I read With honest anguish, and an aching head; And drop at last, but in unwilling ears, This saving counsel, — 'Keep your piece nine years.
Page cxxx - When ev'ry coxcomb perks them in my face? A. Good friend, forbear! you deal in dang'rous things. I'd never name queens, ministers, or kings; Keep close to ears, and those let asses prick; 'Tis nothing — P.
Page 46 - The activity and ardour which the civil commotions of the country had excited, began now to be turned to the arts of peace. The several manufactures and new productions of husbandry that were introduced from abroad, before the Revolution, not only formed a new epoch, but evince a vigorous application to the useful arts, in the intermediate period. The common highways were repaired and enlarged, and rivers were deepened for the purposes of water conveyance, while foreign trade was increased by opening...
Page xx - To do or not to do ; and reason why I do or not do this : the stars have none. They know not why they shine, more than this Taper, Nor how they work, nor what. I'll...
Page 20 - The latter, who composed a very numerous class, equally formed an object of foreign trade for ages after the arrival of the conqueror, who only prohibited the sale of them to infidels. But the slaves had happily departed from the land before the reign of Henry III.
Page liii - The whole number of country banks in England was unknown; their capitals, and characters, were unknown. Their imprudence only was known, which had already ftiaken their own credit.
Page 132 - The commencement of this pernicious practice deserves to be noted ; a practice the more likely to become pernicious, the more a nation advances in opulence and credit. The ruinous effects of it are now become apparent, and threaten the very existence of the nation.

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