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THE

PEOPLE'S BLUE BOOK :

TAXATION AS IT IS,

AND AS IT OUGHT TO BE;

WITH

A PRACTICAL SCHEME OF TAXATION.

“The object of THE PEOPLE's Blue Book is, that every man and woman in the
kingdom may have in their own hands, the means of knowing what they are paying
to Government for the protection of their persons and property, and what they
ought to pay.

THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE IS THE HIGHEST Law.”

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In other respects little more than the name of this Work has been preserved in this Third Edition. Nearly the whole has been re-written.

It is some satisfaction to the Author to think that, he has 'cast his bread upon the waters, and that it has been found in the uttermost parts of the world. But this-like most worldly satisfactions—is mingled with disappointment.

His gift was intended by him for the poorer classes of his own countrymen, for whom he feels most concern. But they seem to have been the least careful to take it, and to care the least for it when they got it.

It seems to be less known in this country than in some of our most distant Colonies,-less known than in France and Belgium, and other parts of the Continent of Europe.

But still, there are many among the upper classes in our own country,—some in high position as Statesmen,--some of high reputation as Political Economists,

—and others eminent for their learning, who have directed their thoughtful minds to this small Volume with encouraging approval.

The Author, thus encouraged, again, for the third, and, probably, last time,

“Casts his bread upon the waters.” The following Return, received too late to be introduced in its proper place, is here added, to bring down the state of the Customs Duties to the present time..

CUSTOM HOUSE DUTIES. A Return of " Custom House DUTIES Repealed during the

Ten Years from 1852 to 1862, the produce of each of which, during the Year preceding its Repeal, exceeded £10,000; specifying the Receipt from each such Duty during the last Year of its Collection, distinguishing such as were repealed in accordance with the Provisions of the Treaty with France.”

Years.

Articles the Customs Duties on which were

wholly Repealed in the Ten Years from 1852 to 1861 inclusive, and the Net Receipt on

each of which exceeded €10,000 in the Year preceding that in which the Repeal took place.

Net Receipt of Duty in the Year

preceding the Repeal thereof.

1852. 1833 . . . 1854 to 1859 1860 . . .

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None . .
Seeds, Clover
None . . .
Butter
Cheese
Eggs ·
*Flowers, Artificial
*Leather Manufactures . .
*Musical Instruments, .
Nutmegs . . . .
Nuts, Small, and Walnuts.
*Oils, Chemical, Essential, or Perfumed .
Oranges and Lemons . .
Platting for Hats or Bonnets
Rice . . .
*Silk Manufactures

Tallow · · · · ·
*Watches
None . . .

Nil. 25,083

Nil. 104,321 49,395 24,721 19,138 73,719 12,276 13,026 14,329 11,498 35,656 14,385 25,060 307,244 74,942 16,242 Nil.

1861 ...

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* The Duties on the articles thus marked were repealed in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty with France.

Office of the Inspector General of Imports and Exports ? John A. Messenger. Custom House, London, 15 July, 1862. j

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