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CHAP. IV.

BENEFIT.

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ferred to the dealer in foreign grain since that year. Let the natural employment in the cultivation of the soil, which the poor enjoyed previous to 1815, be also restored to them; and then the correction of the abuses of the Poor Laws, as it has been already put in practice in three different counties in England, will be as extensive as it will be certain. Finally, let industry cease to be restrained through any legislative restraints, and particularly through fiscal restraints, by a proper modification of our duties of customs; and lessening our duties of excise, as our revenue from customs increases; and then - but not till then— will the country take a rebound, and

proceed in a career of prosperity, even in this country before unexampled. Every thing is ripe for it, - capital, — intelligence, — skill, terprise, -industry, swelling even to overflowing, but pent up and diverted from their natural course by legislative interference.

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