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COUNTRY CATTLE AND MEAT MARKETS, &c.

Norwich Castle Meadow, July 15.--We had only the very small supply of two beasts fit for slaughter to this day's market, which sold at 8s. per stone of 14lbs. sinking offal; but the show of Store Stock was very large; Scots sold at 4s. to 4s. 3d. per stone when fat; Cows and Calves sell but slowly, and Homebreds, of all sorts, the same.

Horncastle, July 15.-Beef, 7s. to 7s. 6d. per stone of 14 lbs.; Mutton, 5d. to 6d.; Lamb, 6d. to 7d.; and Veal, 7d. to 8d. per lb.

Manchester, July 12.-The supply of Cattle to this day's market being rather small, occasioned higher prices to be demanded; but the butchers not feeling inclined to give more, caused very little business to be done in. the early part of the day; however, previous to the close, all were sold at advanced quotations. The trade was brisk for Sheep and Lambs, at a trifling improvement in value in the former; Calves were rather lower, and Pigs as last noted.

AVERAGE PRICE OF CORN, sold in the Maritime Counties of England and Wales, for the Week ended July 8, 1826.

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* 1 he London Average is always that of the Week preceding.

VOL. 59.-No.5.]

LONDON, SATURDAY, JULY 29, 1826. [Price 6d.

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"With respect to his (Mr. ADDINGTON's) tax upon the Funds, I disagree with Mr. PITT, who does not seem to think this tax necessary, " and who expresses his hopes, that Parliament will not overturn that "edifice which it has erected with so much pains. Alas! Mr. PITT well "knows, that this edifice must be his sepulchral monument, or that "there will not be a stone to tell where he lies. He, therefore, does not "look on the tax upon the Funds as necessary to the salvation of the "State; whereas, I regard the destruction of the Monarchy as certain, "unless the Funded Debt be annihilated; and this cannot, as far as I am "able to perceive, be conveniently and effectually done, except by a tax, " a direct and unequivocal tax, upon the Funds; or, in other words, a " deduction from the interest due to individuals from the capital Stock. "I hear a terrible outcry, excited by this opinion; but I despise this sort " of clamour and abuse. I am fully persuaded that my opinion is correct. "It is the result of long thinking upon the subject, and has now been "communicated to my readers, not from any factious or party motive; " but from a desire gradually to prepare them for an event, which, if it came upon the Country all at once, and totally unexpected, might be "productive of infinite mischief." - Register, Vol. IV. page 9, date 16th July, 1803.

"Be the miseries, however, arising from this source (a reduction of "interest) what they may, they certainly are inevitable; for, if the Debt "be not, somehow or other, annihilated, the people must be ruined and "enslaved, and then the annihilation of the Debt comes of course. "Horrid, therefore, as the sound of National Bankruptcy is to the ears of "the selfish and the foolish, it must be borne; `and their only alternative ❝is, bankruptcy and freedom, or bankruptcy and slavery."-Register, Vol. III. page 924, date 18th June, 1803.

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Printed and Published by WILLIAM COBBETT, No. 183, Fleet-street.

[ENTERED AT STATIONERS' HALL.]

SIR,

TO

MR. CANNING,

ON THE

Present State of Things.

Kensington, 26th July, 1826.

and, before this Register gets to the press, it is thought that that Council will have put forth something with a view of bettering the lot of the now suffering Nation. The public are full of speculation upon the subject: some expect an abolition of the restriction on the importation of corn; So, you are posed, as the old others expect an abrogation or women call it: you are in a quan- suspension of the importation of dary! You have had, your news- Manufactured Goods, particularly papers tell us (for they are all silks, and that thus, the famous the tools of you and the Stock-free-trade project will, like surjobbers); you have had, these li- plus puppies or kittens, be knockterary reptiles tell us, no less than ed on the head, before it has three Cabinet Councils within ten hardly begun to move its limbs; days; and, in order to avoid the others think that you have a prorisk of famine, during the long ject for enlivening trade and masiege, you had yesterday, they nufactures by suspending the law tell us, a Cabinet Dinner, at which you have just passed, reCombe Wood, that retreat, at lative to small notes; another set once of the Muses and of the Ministers! Oh! happy Combe public money in view, to relieve Wood! Thou shalt live in death- those distresses, which cannot be less song of CANNING's own in-relieved by charitable subscripditing! Happy Combe Wood, tions; and, finally, there is a part whose lofty trees are seen nod-of the public who believe, that, ding in adoration of the wisdom after all your promises and vows, that inhabits the Mansion! you will, as a dog returns to his Happy, thrice happy Combe vomit, return to the old dose of Wood: what wise nods of the Bank Restriction. head and cocks of the eye hast thou not beheld! But, Sir, in plain language, the newspapers tell us, that the King is to hold a Council to-morrow (Thursday); meanwhile, let me have a talk

imagine that you have grants of

What you will do, I defy any man to guess, until the result of your communications be commuIn the nicated to the public.

with you, Sir, on the subject of me accused of fickleness and INthe blunders, the mischiefs, com- CONSISTENCY, because I mitted by you and your col-praised BURDETT, for instance, leagues, during the last twenty- when he contended for Universal six years. The happiness or mi- Suffrage, and because I censured sery of a Nation, is, ninety-nine him when he joined Big O. in the times out of every hundred, to be project for disfranchising the traced to the wisdom, or the want forty shitling freeholders of Ireof wisdom, of its rulers. That land; you have, I dare say, this is the case, with regard to laughed at many proofs like this, this Nation, is perfectly evident of my "notorious inconsistency." to me. There is not an evil which But, Sir, there is one point; one the country now suffers; there is little point, as to which, the very not a danger, internal or external, devil himself would not have the to which it is exposed; there is, conscience to accuse me of inconin short, not the smallest particle sistency; namely, that the DEBT, of evil that we now complain of, the ever living and ever active that is not fairly to be ascribed, DEBT, must be wiped off with and clearly traced, to the folly of a sponge; or, that great part of our rulers, amongst which rulers it, at least, must be so wiped off; you have, ever since I can recol- or that, a terrible convulsion, if lect, always been one. not a destruction of the Monarchy, That you might have known must be the consequence. Upon better; that you might have avoid- this point, I have always held the ed doing the mischief that you same decided opinions; and, Sir, have brought upon the country; now, when almost every newsthat the dangers were pointed out paper begins familiarly to talk to you, long before they became about projects for reducing the great, as they are now; that you Interest of the Debt; when every have obstinacy as well as per-man in his senses appears to be verseness, to answer for, every convinced that something of this one must know that has been an attentive observer of events for the last twenty years. I dare say, that you have frequently laughed; that you have chuckled with delight, while you have heard

sort must speedily take place, it may not be amiss for me to show, how different the situation of the country would have been at this time, if my advice had prevailed.

Let me first request you to look

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at the mottos. Observe that those, the consequences of persevering mottos were written and publish- in a series of measures opposed ed a little more than twenty-three to my advice. This is the propoyears ago! Those mottos, when sition which I maintain. I mainyou consider their date, are well tain that this nation has been worthy of your attention; but, brought to its present state of ruin besides these, you will do well to and misery, in consequence of a look at Register, VOL. III. p. series of measures, contrary to 515, 918, 948 to 950.-VOL. IV. my advice; and that those meap. 88 to 91.-p. 154 to 158.- sures have been pursued for just p. 257 to 267. You may have three and twenty years, in direct much less instructive reading than opposition to advice which I have this. In these passages, all the been giving to you and your colhistory and mystery of the bubble leagues once during every month system are pretty clearly deve- at least, during the last twentyloped. Here the humbug of the three years. This, I say, is the Sinking Fund was exposed, long proposition which I maintain; and before the feelosofer, Doctor Ha- in proof of the truth of it, I refer milton, was thought of. There all to the above cited passages of the the great principles, relative to Register; and, generally to the public Debts and to the applica- whole of the Volumes III. and tion of sponges, were discussed. IV. to begin with. In short, the There all the causes of National Register is a regular chronoloembarrassment, ruin and misery, gical account of the means by arising from a depreciated Paper-which you and your colleagues money, were pointed out, long and have brought this country to ruin; long before BARING OF RICARDO and it is also a regular chronoloor MUCHETT or WESTERN or gical account of the pains that I Peter M. MACCULLOCH or Doctor have taken to prevent you from TOOKE or Saint HORNER or Doc-effecting that ruin; and it is, tor COPPLESTONE or the Edin- moreover, a régular chronological burgh Reviewers, or any of the tribe of political economical pamphleteers had been either thought of or dreamt of.

However, here we are at last. with the consequences before us;

account of all the acts of malignant and cowardly hostility employed against me by the two political factions; by the base Press; and by almost every wretch that has had the conceit to meddle with

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