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jesty for the same by any act or acts of parliament heretofore made in this kingdom." ;

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this committee, that the following duties shall be paid for and upon all other wines imported into this kingdom, during the time aforesaid : If filled and imported by natives 28!. 95. 1ozán. if filled and imported by strangers 30!. 3° 274.1. if unnilled, and imported by natives 261. 35. 10,8 d. if unfilled and imported by strangers 277. 125. 10. 2: by the tun, for every tun thereof, and so in proportion for any greater or less quantity ; the faid duties to be paid down in ready money' net, without any difcount or allowance, and to be in lieu and full fatisfaction of all custom, excise or other duties payable to his Majesty for the faine' by any act or acts of parliament heretofore •made in this kingdom,

Refolved, That it is the opinion of this committee, that boun-cies ought to be given on all plain Irish linens, and on all Irish linens and Irish callicoes and cottons, and cottons mixed with linens, printed, painted, itained or dyed in this kingdoni, being the breadth of twenty-five inches or more, and not exceed-i ing, when plain and unpainted, unstained, unprinted or undy. ed, the value of 1): 7žu. per yard.; and also on Irish diapers and huckabacks, theetings, and other linens above yard wide, and not exceeding is. 7žd. the square yard in value, which shall be exported from this kingdom to Africa, America, the Weft Indies, Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, or Minorca, between the 25th day of December, 1783, and the 25th day of March, 1785, inclufive, after the rates following, that is to say, a bounty of one half-penny per yard for all under the value as aforetaid of 54. the yard; and a bounty of id. per yard for all of the value of 54. and under 6it. the yard ; and a bounty of ığd. per yard for all of the value of file and under the value of is. 7žu. the yard; and a bounty of one halfpenny per yard for all chequed and striped linen, not exceeding iso mu. nor under 7d. per yard in' value; and a bounty of iź. for, every square yard of diapers, huckabacks, sheetings, and other linens, upwards of a yard in breadth, not excedding is. r, a square yard in value ; and a bounty of 621. for every three 'ells of Irish made fail cloth or canvas fit for or made into fails, which shall be exported by way of merchandize to any place except Great Britain, dus ring the time aforelaid, and to in proportion for any greater or lets quantities; the value of all such linen, if painted, stained, i camped or dyed, or of such callicoes and cottons mixed with: linen, whereupon they are to be respectively intitled to the bounties aforeluid, to be deemed their value when in a plain stute, and exclusive of such painting, ítaining, stamping, or dying

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this committee, that in order to encourage the growth of flax-seed in this kingdom, it, will be expedient to discontinue all bounties on the import of foreign feed, and to give bounties to encourage the cultivation of it at home. • Resolved, That it is the opinion of this committee, that there shall be raised, levied, collected and paid to his Majesty, his heirs and successors, during the time aforesaid, an additional impost or duty, after the rate of 21. 10s. per cent. on the produce or amount of the duties payable on all teas imported, and on all wines imported, except wines of the growth of Portugal or the Madeiras ; and an additional duty or impost, after the rate of sl. per cent. on the produce and amount of the customs inwards and import excise, which shall be due and payable to his Majesty, his heirs and successors, during the term afore: faid, and which shall be collected in this kingdom for and upon any goods and merchandizes imported into the same, except up- : on wines, ceas, tobacco, hops, sugars, and the several goods or merchandizes of the product or manufacture of the British Colonies in America or the West Indies, or the British Settlements on the coast of Africa, whereon any duties are imposed or altered this session of parliament; the said additional impoft or duty to be paid upon their amount afrer the usual discount and allowances have been made therefrom.

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this committee, that towards raising the supply granted to his Majesty for the encouragement of English protestant schools in this kingdom, a tax be laid on all hawkers, pedlars, petty chapmen, or any other trading persons going from town to town, or to other mens houses, and travelling either on foot or with horse, or otherwise carrying to sell or exposing to fale any goods, wares or merchandizes, except such persons as shall deal only in selling acts of parliament, forms of prayer, proclamations, gazettes, almanacks or other printed papers, or fish, fruit or victuals, or the real workers or makers of any goods or wares within this kingdom, who shall deal only in telling fuch goods and wares, excepting also tinkers, coopers, glaziers, plumbers, harness-menders, and perfons usually trading in mending kettles, tubs, household goods or harness.

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this committee, that the said tax laid upon all hawkers, pedlars, petty chapmen, and other trading persons, be jos. on every such hawker, pedlar, petty chapman or other trading perfon ; and also that the further lum of 105. be laid on every hawker, pedlar, petty chapman, and other trading person travelling with a horse, als, mule or other beast bearing or drawing burthen, for each horse, ass, mule, or other beast bearing or drawing burthen, he or she shall to

travel with, over and above the fird-thentioned tax of 1os. from the 24th day of March, 1984, to the 25th day of March, 1985, inclusive. " ? · Refolved, That all duties of customs inwards, 'import' excise, and all other duties whatsoever payable on the import of any goods, wares and merchandizes, during the time aforesaid, shall be paid down net in ready money, without any discount or allowance for prompt payment. 'n

Resolved, That for and upon all goods, wares and mers' Chandizes which shall be imported into this kingdom during the time aforesaid, except sugars, by any person being a retailer or consumer, there ihall be paid in'ready money ner, without discount or allowance for prompt payment, an additional duty after the rate of iol, per centum on the duties payable ther on respectively, over and above the full amount of such duties.

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this committee, tliat an additional duty be laid on all steel and iron wire which shall be imported into this kingdom during the time aforesaid, after the rate of 21, 1os. for every hundred weight thereof, and so in proportion for any greater or less quantity.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in one or more bill or bills, pursuant to the said refolutions and the resolutions of the committee of supply; and that the Right Honourable John Foster, the Right Honourable Mr. Attorney General, Ir. Prime Serjeant, Mr. Solicitor General, George Ponsonby, Esq; and Mr. Mafon, do prepare and bring in the same.

A petition of the journeymen hofiers of the county and city of Dublin was presented to the House and read, setting forth their deplorable situation, arising from enomous importations, together with the frequent want of that part of the peritioners raw material employed in worsted hosiery, and praying that the Houte would grant petitioners' relief, by passing a law for protecting duties to support their trade.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee of the whole House, appointed to consider further of ways and means for raising the supply granted to his Mayenye ..

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. Mr. 'Burgh, Accountant General, presented to the House, portuant to their order, an account of the quantum of money paid in the year, etiding Lady-day, 1783, on exchequer acquittances, bi the several collectors of his Majesty's revenue, diftinguishing each collection.'

The title whereof was read, and the account ordered to lie. on the table for the perusal of the members. Call

The Houfe, according to order, resolved itself into a committee of the whole Houfe, to consider further of ways and means for raising the supply granted to his Majesty ; and afrer some tiine spent therein Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and the Right Hon. John Foster reported from the committee that they had come to several resolucions in the matter to them referred, which he was directed to report when the House will please to receive the same, and that he was also directed to move the House for leave to fit again.

Ordered, That the report be received to-morrow morn


Resolved, That this House will, on Tuesday morning next, resolve itfelf into a committee of the whole House, to consider further of ways and means for raising the supply granted to his Majesty

Mr. Attorney General said, that when England imparted to this nation an equal enjoyment of her plantation trade, it was on condition that we should equalize the duties on all plantation goods imported into Ireland, to the rate of the duty laid upon the same goods when imported into England. That agreeable to this covenant, the House in the last feflion had gone into a close investigation of the subject, and had turned their attention chiefly to sugar, the principal produce of the West India Isands; that as to the Muscovado sugars, the rates were easily settled ; and that after long enquiry it had appeared, that 12 s. id. on refined sugars, was the just equalizing duty between England and Ireland ; by which the refiners of both countries might work to equal advantage. That consonant to this opinion, the House transmitted to England a bill for equalizing the duties, laying 125 id. on every hundred of British refined imported here, but that it had been returned altered to 95. 4d. that his opinion was, that gs. 4d. was not sufficient to protect the refineries of Ireland, and he would now move to increase that sum to 125. id.

Mr, David Latouche said, that though he did by no means think 125. id. a true equalization, yet as administration had conceded something by restoring the duty first agreed to by the House, he would for the present reft content, in order to try its operation on the refinery, which if againft the next sessions it should appear an ineffeétual duty, he was resolved himself then to move a further one. :

Mr. Fitzgibbon-I never was more atentive in my life to any fubject, than I was lạft feifion to the subject now before us, and I do affert, and the evidence will warrant that assertion, that every witnets examined by the House, established this fact; that un:

der the former duty of gs. 4d. the Irish refiner had a decided superiority. I consider the refiners-of Ireland as a national object, only so far as they encourage a direct trade between this country and the plantations, otherwise they are no national object at all ; and my view was, by the duty imposed, to drive our merchants into a direct trade with the idlands of the West Indies, for if we are to continue in the old slovenly circuitous way, our refineries, instead of being an advantage to the trade of this country, will be of, but little service to it.

Mr. Hartley said, we should follow the example of England in laying duties, amounting almost to a prohibition, on foreign manufactures. When we had permission to trade to the West India Ilands, there was a duty of 5s. 64. carried for an equalizing duty; this was found to be too small, and on the question being re-considered, it was found that 125. id. was only adequate to protect the Irish refinery ; but on this going to England, the English refiners had it referred to the lords of trade, who reduced it to gs. and 2źd. and this was adopted. The refiners of Britain could have but two motives for reducing our protection from 125. id. to gs. 4d. either an insidious intention to destroy our refineries, or a monopolizing with to poflefs our market.

The Irish refiners proved that it would take 3 cwt. of raw to make one cwt. of refined; but this pofition you over-ruled. However, England herself, not long ago, shewed you your error ; for in laying on additional duties, the adopted the proportion of three to one. He acknowledged that the plantation trade was a gift, and that much gratitude would have been due, was it fairly imparted ; but upon receiving this gift, we had been induced to restrain ourlelves from trading with the sugar colonies of every state but Britain—a restraint under which we now feverely fuffered, for had we it now in our power to offer Portugal to receive fugars from Brazil(which could furnish on more advantageous terms than any plantation of Britain) we might settle our trade with the Portuguese on a very respectable footing.

Mr. Beresforu faid, he rose not to oppose the motion, but to explain the reasons of his former conduct, and the principles on which he had then acted, and from which he had not departed. He said, that the direct importation had ever been his objed, and the point to which his reasoning went; consonant to which the true equalizing duty was to make our duty upon British refined fugars equal to the British drawback; he had therefore originally aflerted that 35. 4d. was the true equalizing duty; he declared so still, and that every thing above 35. 4d. was a favour.

He said, he would not enter at large into the subject; but as much evil had been prophesied, and many melancholy predictions made when the duty of 9.7 40. had been laid on, he would just

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