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ciently appreciated. With respect to the sudden occasion demand it. To principles future course of our financial regula. | almost obsolete he was anxious that we tions, one great principle was, that we should return. The dictatorship, with ought as much as possible to make our which the Administration bad for so many income and our' expenditure commensu- years been properly invested, ought to rate; and he really thought, although it cease with the necessity by which it was was alarming to find the conjectural esti- required. Until he heard these doctrines mate of our peace establishment rated so acquiesced in, he must wirbhold his assent high as 19 millions, great savings might be to all motions like the present. made out of that sum. On the present Mr. Whitbread expressed his' admiration vloe, however, all jealousy seemed to him of the sentiments of the hon. gentleman 10 be superfluous. It would not tie the who had just spoken. The original and House down lo any new system of taxation, wholesome practice of the constitution or to any irrevocable amount of the peace was, that the ministers of the Crown should establishment. Before he sat down he first state 10 Parliament the whole of the must, however, warn his right hon. friend supplies which were requisite, and then and the House from being so misled as to obtain the ways and means of providing expect that ibe proposed taxes would be for those supplies. Of late years, howpermanently as productive as they might ever, the budget had been brought forward be in the first instance. With respect to by piecemeal (a system which originated, those of excise, such as the tax on wine, with Mr. Perceval), so that the House ibey would according to repeated expe- never could have the whole system under rience occasion frauds on the revenue, review at one time. He admitted that and a diminisbed consumption; and as to circumstances might embarrass the right the assessed taxes, it would, after a twelve. hon. gentleman as to his exact estimate of month, be in the power of any master of a the peace establishment; but an easy family to reduce them in bis own case, and remedy was, to delay further proceedings the general result would unquestionably at present at least to postpone them until be a considerable diminution of their pro. the expected explanations of the noble duce. This system of taxation, therefore, lord, by throwing a light on the determin could not be considered, as he considered nations of Congress, should give the House the property-tax, a sound, solid, and per. an opportunity of judging of the probable manent system of taxation.
: results of its deliberations. He confessed Mr. Douglas objected to the confusion he was not surprised at the eulogium arising from the transfer of the ways and which he had heard from the right hon. means of one year to the supply of an- gentleman, and from an hon. gentleman oiber. He recommended to the right on the floor (Mr. Bankes), on the property mon. gentleman to postpone any further tax. Like all deceased personages, its proceeding on this subject until after vices had vanished from memory, and only Wednesday, as the explanations, which its virtues remained. People were gene. would then be given by a noble lord, rally favourable to the dead; but it should would probably affect it materially. Cer- be remembered that that tax was objeccainly, if there was a time in which this tionable- not because it was a tax on country had a right to expect tbat she property--but because it was impossible should be secured from being again enoto divest its mode of collection from par. gaged in continental warfare, it was the tiality and oppression intolerable in a free present; and we had an undoubted right constitution. It should also be rememto find that our representative at the Con- bered that the property tax was not absogress had so secured her. He had old lutely dead it only slept. The right bon, prejudices enough left to entertain a gentleman bad wedded it to war. It would horror at the thought of England's de. be up again if we were again involved generating wholly into a militas y country. in hostilities. And here he could not reErery approach to such a state shook the frain from noticing the hint which had foundations of our national character. fallen froin a noble lord and from the hon. He earnestly wished that the recollections genıleman on the floor. It was evident of the war 'might be obliterated with the that in estimating the peace establishment war itself, and that from a nation of soldiers at nineteen millions, a troubled state of we might become a nation of citizens, things was contemplated, and perhaps the trusting to our energy and patriotism for recurrence of bloody wars arising out of defence against an enemy, should any the proceedings of the Congress. But
the singular event of which we had very sion irretrievable ruin to our manufactures, recently beard, might lead to a civil war and must compel the emigration of our in France. · In such a case, he protested manufacturers. He knew the right hon. against the interference of this country in gentleman would contend that it was in any way. I take this early opportunity, the nature of taxation to be thrown on concluded Mr. Whitbread, to declare, as a the consumer. But that remark would hint has been given on the subject, that I be inapplicable in the present instance, enter my solemn protest against any in. With respect to the foreign trade in partiterference on the part of this country in cular, it was impossible. the internal affairs of France.
Sir John Newport said, that his objection Mr. Philips was proceeding to make to the Speaker's leaving the chair was, some observations on the partial and op- that it went to perpetuate a system of pressive nature of the proposed taxes, voting the supplies of the year by piecewhen
meal, and not giving sufficient informaThe Chancellor of the Exchequer observed, tion to the House, contrary to the old and that with respect to one of those taxes, to constitutional practice. The taxes might which the objections of the hon. gentle be good or bad relatively; and that was men were probably the most strong (the the reason why they ought to be informed tax on windows), he intended to reserve it of the situation of the country. The for further consideration, and for a revision whole demand, and every article of it, of the schedule.
should be known before the supplies were Mr. Philips then adverted to the pro- voted. In time of war it migbi be ditfe. posed duty on cotton, and remarked on rent; but in peace, they should return to ihe inconsistency of the right hou, gentle- that wholesome principle. man, who no longer ago than last session The Chancellor of the Exchequer observed, bad declared, that in the event of peace it that one of the resolutions was to conwould be impossible for our manufacturers tinue all the war duties of excise, “ with to go on without a drawback, and who the exception of that on cotton imported now imposed a duty of 5d. a pound on in British shipping.” The wbole extent cotton wool imported in foreign vessels, of his offending, therefore, was, that he and one penny a pound on cotton wool did not propose to take off the duty on imported in Brilish vessels! From any cotton imported in foreign shipping; the advantage proposed by this inequality, a difference of expense on wbich to the countervailing duty on the part of the manufacturer would not be above a half. Americans would no doubt deprive us. penny a pound. To France the measure would be highly Mr. Philips repeated the statement of beneficial. In all the arrangements on its being a duty of 5d. a pound. this subject the interest of France seemed The Chancellor of the Exchequer said, to be consulted, rather than those of this that that was not the tax then under concountry. The right hon. gentleman's sideration. predictions on this subject with respect to Mr. Finlay declared, that he considered France, had been completely falsified. the right hon. gentleman as the most forNo duty had been imposed in that coun- midable antagonist that the manufacturing try on the importation of cotton; and the interest of the country had ever met with. greatest protection was there afforded to The proposed system was so ruinous, that the colton manufacture, at the very mo- he would give it the most delermined op. ment that the right hon. gentleman was position in every instance. By it the devising every possible means to bring property tax would not merely be conpurs to ruin. The passing of the Corn tinued on the manufacturer it would be Bill in that, House had already occasioned more than doubled. A manufacturer a serious alarm in the manufacturing dis- | would now have to pay near 3,000l. a tricts of the country. Was it desirable at year, who had probably never been liable such a moment to propose measures the to a property tax of more than 1,0001. tendency of which was to increase dis. As to the difference between the duty on satisfaction? The hon. gentleman here cotton imported in British shipping and read extracts from a letter which he had cotton imported in foreign shipping, a received from a very intelligent indivi.countervailing duty on the part of the dual, resident in the manufacturing dis- American government would soon equatricis, in which it was declared that the lize it.. measures about to be pursued would occa- Mr. W. Fisgerald said, that the only
duty on cotton in Ireland was a permanent would be allowed to take precedence of
| the orders of the day. Mr. Elliot said, that in opposing the Mr. Horner asked the Chancellor of the Inotion, he gave a vote which he was Exchequer when a copy of the treaty obliged to give, from the utter want of in- concluded with America would be laid formation to satisfy the House of the ne. before the House, and whether it was incessity of the taxes they were about to tended to accompany it with copies of vote.
the correspondence which took place in The House then divided : For the mo the course of the negociation at Ghent ? tion, 95; Against it, 24; Majority 71. The Chancellor of the Exchequer replied,
The House tben resolved itself into the that the treaty would, no doubt, be laid committee.
before the House ; but that he was not
aware of any intention to present the HOUSE OF COMMONS.
papers alluded to by the hon. and learned
gentleman, respecting the conduct of the Tuesday, March 14.
negociations at Ghent. Duty on Cotton.) Mr. Finlay presented a petition from the cotton-spinners and manufacturers of Glasgow, praying
HOUSE OF LORDS. for a repeal of the duty on cotton, and
Wednesday, March 15. stating that the drawback on cotton ex TAX ON WINDOWS OF MANUFACTORIES. ported would be quite ineffectual. The The Marquis of Lansdowne slated, that hon, member, in presenting the petition, there was a subject to which he was demade some observations on the impolicy sirous of calling their lordships attention of the duty proposed to be laid on cotton without delay, with respect to which imported in foreign ships. The effect of many petitions would have been prethis, he observed, would be to make a sented, if the forms of the House had depôt of cotton wool in Holland or France. permitted it; he alluded to the tax which, American ships would be employed to from the votes on their table, they knew bring the cotton from America to the con- 10 be in contemplation in the other House, tinent, and British ships would be em on the windows of warehouses and manuployed merely as lighters to transport it factories. With the strong opinion which across the Channel. The American go- he entertained of the injustice, impolicy, vernment would not be so neglectful as to and inhumanity of this tax, he could not fail to impose some countervailing duty suffer the matter to pass without taking on the exportation of cotton wool from the earliest opportunity of calling the that country, in British ships, so that, particular attention of their lordships to without benefiting either our navigation the subject. He was convinced that no or our révenue, the duty would only tend modification that could be devised by the to excite jealousy between the two coun. noble earl opposite and the Chancellor of tries. The progress of the cotton manu- the Exchequer, could render this a mode factories in France, Prussia, Saxony, and of taxation which ought to be resorted to. other continental countries, was such as to Without, however, entering now at length threaten an ascendancy in those articles, into the subject, he should merely oband to render it doubly impolitic lo throw serve, that it was impolitic, as light and any additional burthens upon our manu. air might be considered as part of the facturers. It was his intention to move on raw material in such manufactories, that some future day for a select committee to the tax was most unjust, because it had no inquire into the state of the cotton manu. connexion with the opulence of those on factories, and to report their opinions whom it was principally to fall; and that thereon.
it was inhuman, because of the injurious Ordered to lie on the table.
effect which it must have on the health of Mr. Whitbread' said, that in consequence those employed in the manufactories. It of a communication from the noble vis. was well known that at best the crowding count, Secretary for Foreign Affairs, who together so large a body of persons as was indisposed, be should defer his motion were necessary in many manufactories, respecting our foreign relations, which was far from being favourable to health; stond for to-morrow, to Monday; and he but the evil would be increased tenfold if hoped that, as he had stated the reason for the regulations on this subject, proposed in his postponement, his motion on that day the Commons, were to pass into a law. He hoped the noble earl and the Chan | subject, the first view of it which precellor of the Exchequer would reconsider senied itself was this—what was the silua. that part of their system of taxation, and lion of the country for which their lordfeel it consistent with their duty and incli. ships were now called upon to legislate ?. nation to abandon this interference with The country was to be regarded, both as the light and air in these manufacturies. a great agricultural and a great commera Being himself connected with a manufac- cial country; and its power and opulence turing county, he could speak on this were founded upon and derived from, not point with the greater confidence. To one, but both of these sources. This the remainder of the taxes, in as far as ought to be carefully kept in mind, in they affected those articles which people considering the nature and consequences would have an option whether to use or not, of the measure which he now proposed to he saw no objection. He might have some their lordships for adoption. He said that doubt as to their productiveness : but he it was carefully lo he kept in mind, behad no 'objection to them in any other cause it would show that we ought not to point of view : but to this tax on the win- | be too much influenced by any line of dows of warehouses and manufactories, he policy, with respect to this subject, which was decidedly adverse, and he could not had been adopted by countries whose help stating, at this early opportunity, situation and circumstances were male. that in case the measure came to that rially different from those of the country House, it would meet with his decided for which their lordships were now to opposition.
legislate. The policy of importation had,
as he was well aware, been adopted by Corn Bill.) The Earl of Liverpool, in many small republics, ancient and mo. rising to move the second reading of this dern-small republics, such as Holland, Bill, which proposed to legislate on a sub. Genoa, Venice, and others that might be ject so delicate in its nature, and so deeply mentioned. These had looked to foreign interesting and important to all classes of countries for their supplies of grain; and, the community, said, he was desirous of as far as they were concerned, that policy having it understood, that the opinion might be perfectly sound and proper. which he had formed respecting it, was But what was their situations and what not one hastily taken up, but the result of were the circumstances in which they long, anxious, and unbiassed considera. were placed? They had risen by their tion. He had been for the last three commercial pursuits to a rank and npuyears revolving the subject in his mind, lence far beyond the proportion of their and looking at it in every possible light, territorial extent or population. Their and in all its bearings and consequences; condition was such, that they could not he had read, with all the attention in his bave done so by the encouragement of power, all the evidence which had been agriculture. Their territory was too given on the question, and all the publica. limited to admit of the successful adoptions which had been given to the world, tion of any such policy. Even their pomany of them of great value, on both pulation was far beyond what could be sides; and he had done so certainly without supported by the produce of their lands; any particular bias on his mind, either and the extent of their population, as well one way or the other. There were sub as their worth, power, and rank among jects on which perhaps any mind must nations, depended upon circumstances be under some degree of bias, in favour of which rendered a large foreign supply one view of the subject rather than an- indispensably necessary. It was imposother; but if there ever was a question on sible for them to feed their population which his mind was totally destitute of all | without these supplies from abroad; and, prejudice, completely free from any undue therefore, a policy which should have for bias towards one particular view of it ils object the raising at home as much rather than another, this was that question. grain as should be sufficient for the con. He begged pardon of the House for thus sumption of their own population, was totaking up its time on a point which might tally out of the question. That popula. be considered as personal to bimself; but tion, though very large in proportion to
ch was the staie of his mind with re- their extent of ierritory, was but small spect to the question now under their when compared with that of the more lordships consideration.
considerable nations ; and a policy which In a:tending, then, to this important might be extremely filting to be adopted by a state whose population did not ex. | nation in particular could with safety rely ceed a million or two millions, might be upon such a line of policy. Then it such most unfit and improper for a nation whose a system could not be pursued, when con. population consisted of 10, 15, or 20 sidered in connection with the regulations millions. A nation of the latter descrip-adopted by the several nations of the world, tion could not suffer itself to be dependent ought the principle to be acted upon by on foreign supplies for the necessaries of any individual nation's having regard to life, without the most palpable impolicy the different descriptions of industry preand the greatest danger. In the case of sented within its own limits ? That was a a nation whose wealth and power were more doubtful question. But this at least founded partly on agricultural industry, he took to be clear, that no nation could and partly on commercial industry, the so far act upon it without exceptions. He obvious policy was to encourage both in admitted that these exceptions ought to be a due proportion, and not to sacrifice the as few as possible, that the legislative reguone to the other. The policy, then, of lations ought to be as limited as the situation sucb a country as this was clearly-that and circumstances of the nation could allow. both should be encouraged. His decided But still exceptions there must be; and opinion was, that the commercial interests with respect to the system adopted by this of the country ought not to be sacrificed country, he had only to request their to the agriculiural; but with all due re- lordships to look at the statute books, and gard to the commercial interest,—and he see how numerous these exceptions were. had been educated in a school where he | The Legislature had been in the constant had been taught highly to value the com- habit of interfering, and the plan had mercial interest,- he must also say, that grown up and extended through so many the agricultural interest ought not to be ramifications, that it often became absosacrificed to the commercial. The ob- lutely necessary to afford protection to one vious policy was, to pay attention to both species of industry in order to prevent its in a due proportion. While he said this, falling a sacrifice to those descriptions of however, he wished carefully to guard industry which otherwise would be more against its being supposed that these in favoured. Many of these enactments terests were at all distinct from each other. might not have been deemed proper at a On the contrary, be trusted he should be more advanced period; and if their lord. enabled before he sat down to show to de- ships were now to begin on a new system, monstration that they were the same. the course of legislation would in all pro
The general principle, supposing all bability be materially different; but these nations, or at least the most considerable statutes had long been acted upon, and nations, to act upon it, was, that in these the condition of the country had in a great cases the Legislature ought not to interfere, measure adapted itself to the system. but leave every thing to find its own level. | Whatever might be their opinion of these In such a state of the world, it was per measures, if they had been for the first fectly clear that every nation ought to be lime proposed, they must now take them left to prosecute without interference that as they stood, and legislate with a proper particular species of industry for which, regard to the existing system, considered by its nature and condition, it was in all in all its bearings and relations. The respects best adapted. Each nation could nature and object of that system evidently then purchase wbatever commodities it had been to bolster up particular descripmight require, from those quarters where tions of industry by a variety of protecting they could be raised and brought home at regulations. What was the state of their the cheapest rate, and of the best quality. legislation with respect to their woollens, If that system were to be adopted by all the their cottons, their silks, their potteries, considerable nations of the world, there and a variety of other manufactures that could be no doubt but that it was the mighl be mentioned ? All these had been system which all must consider as the encouraged by high protecting duties, most proper and desirable. But, unfor. | which in some cases amounted almost to tunately, the period was not yet arrived a prohibition, so that foreign commoditieg when nations would have the wisdom to of the same description were almost en. act upon any such system. It was unne- tirely excluded from the home market. cessary for him to tell their lordships, that while such had been the encouragement the actual state of the world was very afforded to these branches of industry, different from what it must be before any | their lordships would consider what would (VOL. XXX.)