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Daily Courant (Newspaper) - June 13, 1730, London, Middlesex Saturday, June 13$ t73Q. A LETTER to a MEMBER of PARLIAMENT. SIR, � were in Expectatibn that cbe Parliament would have taken off the Duty on Soap and Candles; or at lead of the latter; our Hopes were grounded bn a Paragraph in his Ma. jefty's moft gracious 5>p ech, plainly (as we thought) pointing out thtfe Duties, as onoft grievous and burdcnfome �D the poor Manufacturer. The Duty on C? idles is a Tax even on the Labour of the in< uftrious Poor, who get little more for a Winter Evening's hard Labour than what is fu/ficient to pay for the Candle they work by. 'Tis true the Poor in the Country, the Far. mers particularly (if it is not improper to rank them among the Number of Poor) make fo little Uk of Candles, that they will receive fmalf Benefit by taking the Duty offj but how inconfiderable are they to the Multitude of Manufacturers In this Kingdom, who are forced to work many Hours by Candle-light, and who might reafonably expect an Abatement of 2 d. per lb. in the Price Of Candles, if the Duty weft tb beafe ? for tho* the Duty is but 1 d. per lb. it can't be fuppofed but that the Tallow Chandler will have a Re-compence for the ready Money he is forced to advance for the Payment of the Duty. For this reafon we thought we fllould have been eafed of the Tax on Candles j tut to our great Surprise and Concern find that the Duty on Salt is taken off, as being thought the greateft' Eaf� to the Subject. 'Tis very wonderful that you, Sir, who live among Manufacturers, fhould be of this Opinion, and value yburfelf as a Patriot* for having been zealous in taking off the Duty on Salt, preferable to that on Candles. In my Opinion, the Salt-Duty is one of the laft which ought to have been taken off; 'tis a very trifling Article in every Man's Houfe-Expences ; fo inconfiderable, that I dan* fay three fourths of the Nation did not know there was any Du- ty on it till now. . How far it bath been com? plying with his Majefty's Recommendation 1 fhall not take upon me to judge, any farther than to fay Sale would have been one of the. laft Things I fhould have thought, oh; and Candles the firrh But you feem to be of my; Opinion, and in Justification of yourfelf fay^-that you nick'd the Opportunity of taking off a large Tax on your Fellow-Subje 185,006 470,000 io,o&� 40,000 120,000 50,000 20,000 25,000 285,000 i 8 5,60S I have faid above, that this Duty ought to have been one of the laft taken off; I will now give you my Reafons. Firfi, Becaufe it is the eafieft borne of any Tax (and leaft of all by the Poor) that produces fo large a Sum to the Revenue ; private Families do not one with another ufe more than a Pound of Salt in a Week; and if you will take in what they eat in Butter, Cheefe, Bacon, &c. you will find that fup-f ofing there to be but 6,200,000 Souls in England, at 9 d. per Head, per Ann. it will more than pay this Duty, for that will raife 2 J2,5001. very little of which is paid by the Poor, who if they can buy Mear, are not fo-iicitous for, br repine at the, Expenee of Salty Secondly, Becaufe I think the moft regular and eligible Way of taking off Duties, is firft to difcharge the Debts for which they are mortgaged$ for fhould we proceed according to your Sdheme, the Sinking Fund would be exhaufted, and a large Debt entail'd on the Nation, without a Poffibility of paying it in any other Way than by a Spunge. To conclude ; if your Bufinefs fhould call, you, as mine has, to different Parts of the Kingdom, you will meet with very few who are pleafed with the Duty being taken off from Salt, or that think your �eai proceeded from a Love of your Country, but from fome other Motive. P. S." Since I wrote the above I have read the Daily Journal of this Day, and fhould be glad to fee the Author of the Letter to the People of England compute how mach ifrei fhould be benefited in our Navigation by raui king off the Duty on Salt, and how much?' Soap, Leather, Spirits, Earthen Ware^ But-] ter, Bacon, Fifh, and many other Thing* will fink in Price; I fear we (hall find no *" teration in any of thefe Articles, and, if what will you have left to fay ? I fho$j like wife be glad to know where and in wb~ Quantity Salt is retailed at 7 s. per BufiieL London, May i$t ifl*i
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