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After a long discussion of the &auses of the scarcity, they were found to be of so complicated a nature, that it proved difficult to remove them. A bill was however brought in to prohibit the manufacture of starch |. wheat and other grain; to lower the duties on its importation, to prevent the distilling from it, and all obstructions to its free transportation through every part of the kingdom.

It appeared, in the mean time, from the information laid before the committee of inquiry into the high price of corn, that, with an exception to wheat, the harvest had been very productive: thus by mixing four of different grains good bread might be made; a measure the more indispensible, that from a variety of causes no sufficient supplies of corn could be expečied from abroad; a bounty of twenty shillings was however agreed to for every qharter imported from the Mediterranean, until the importation amounted to three hundred thousand; a bounty of fifteen shillings a quarter upon

that from America, till it amounted

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bers; and opposed by Mr. Burdon, Mr. Buxton, Mr. Vansittart, and

Mr. Pitt. The latter was of opi

nion, that in a matter of this kind the operation of general principles' ought to be attended to, preferably

to uncertain and precarious reme. dies. It was dangerous to interfere, by regulations, in the intercouse between individuals, engaged in the various businessess of society. Many

of the distresses complained of ori. ginated from the abuses that had crept into the execation of the laws relating to the poor, which required much amendment. They did not sufficiently discriminate between the unfortunate and the idle and dissi

pated. All application for relief

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