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in the year 1704, and as it stood in the
From five hundred and odd thousand, it has grown to fix millions. It has encreased no less than twelve fold. This # the state of the Colony trade, as compared with itself at these two periods, within this century;-and this is matter for meditation. But this is not all. Examine my second account. See how the export trade to the Colonies alone in 1772 flood in the other point of view, that is, as compared to the whole trade of England in 1704.
The whole export trade of England, *::::: 6,509,000 that to the Colonies in 1704
Export to the Colonies
alone, in 1772, 6,024,000
... Difference, 485,000 The trade with America alone is now within less than soo,000l. of being equal to what this great commercial nation, England, carried on in the beginning of this century with the whole world ! If I had taken the largest year of those on your table, it would rather have czceeded. But, it will be said, is not this American trade an unnatural protuberance, that has drawn the juices from the rest of the body ? The reverse. It is the very food that has noulished every other part into its present magnitude. Our general trade has been greatly augmented; and augmented more or less in almost every Part to which it ever extended; but