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A

COMPARATIVE VIEW

OF

THE INDUSTRIAL SITUATION

OF

GREAT BRITAIN,

FROM THE YEAR 1775 TO THE PRESENT TIME.

WITH

AN EXAMINATION

OF

THE CAUSES OF HER DISTRESS.

BY

ALEXANDER MUNDELL, Esq.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR

LONGMAN, REES, ORME, BROWN, GREEN, & LONGMAN,

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CONZRAL MATTERS CHIEFLY ADVERTED TO.

The main points (all prominent in our present situation) adverted to in the following pages are,

THE STATE OF OUR SHIPPING.

OF OUR EXPORTS.

OF OUR IMPORTS.
THE OPERATION OF OUR MONEY SYSTEM.

OF OUR CORN LAWS.

OF OUR POOR LAws. THE MODE OF RAISING OUR REVENUE. THE AMOUNT OF OUR NATIONAL DEBT.

It may

It appears from the investigation, the result of which is given in the following pages, that the opinions which are generally prevalent upon these subjects are altogether erroneous. seem, and doubtless it is, singular, that opinions should have been generally received upon matters of such paramount importance without examination. But the truth is, that, upon these subjects, as upon many others, impressions have been taken from persons whose interests were affected, and whose opinions were adopted, without reflecting that such persons were incompetent judges in their own case; of which, moreover, they took very partial and limited views, while every one shrunk from the investigation of facts with which those who were more immediately concerned were supposed to be conusant. Errors have thus multiplied; but it is consoling to find, that the sources of our prosperity remain entire, and that we have only to correct those errors, in order to advance in improvement with a rapidity and to an extent hitherto unexampled, even in this country.

August, 1832.

CONTENTS.

PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS.

Page

1 ib. ib. ib.

Increase of Shipping
Increase of Exports
Distress prevalent nevertheless
Chiefly in the Agricultural Districts
Causes — Restraints upon Industry rendered

progressively severe by a Rise in the ex

changeable Value of Money Investigation proposed

2 3

PART I.

INCREASE OF SHIPPING AND EXPORTS.

CHAP. I.

5 6

Increase of our Shipping, and of the Exports

of Home Produce and Manufactures
Table showing it
Facts relative to British Tonnage
Foreign Tonnage
Exports
Imports

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