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Tax. Before any use can be made of this observation, for the purpose for which it is urged, it must be shown what the persons so relieved from the Poor's Rates pay to the Assessed Taxes, and what proportion of them are . possessed of an Income above 60l. per annum. The argument is stated as if it proved a general inability to pay, in those who are to be charged. It applies, in fact, hardly to any but those who are exempted.

Failing in all means of proving that the measure now proposed presses directly on the least opulent part of Society, the Opposers of the Plan have tried their ingenuity in attempting to prove that it will ruin them in. directly. This, as they think, they prove by saying, that a large Tax, taken from Annual Income, must affect the Expenditure of the Individuals who pay it, and by diminishing consumption, reduce the demand for every article now supplied by those who subsist on their industry. Our first answer is, that if this were true, it is an argument not against this particular Plan, but against all Plans for raising a large proportion of the Supplies within the year. The question then will not be, whether the Sum can be raised without difficulty, or whether this is the best mode ; but whether it ought to be raised at all? In deciding this question, we only hope it will be recollected, that if we do not raise it ourselves for our own defence, the French (if they invade us) will pro. bably raise five times its amount as our immediate Ransom, and then leave their generous Friends here to raise ten or a hundred times more by Universal Plunder. Our next answer is, that there is not the smallest ground to suppose any diminution in the consumption or use of Articles of Production and Manufacture (by the sale of which Retail Dealers are supported) in any proportion to the

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amount of a Contribution like that now proposed. If that Contribution is drawn from the Purse of Individuals of different descriptions, it does not remain stagnant it is again issued for Public Services, to various persons; finds its way again into circulation, and maintains a demand and a consumption, perhaps very little less than that which it would have produced if the Tax had never existed. Perhaps the only way in which consumption is likely to be materially affected is, if too large a Sum is taken at once from any particular order, and especially if (under the pretence of relieving the Poor) the burden is disproportionably and unreasonably accumulated on the Rich,

WEEKLY EXAMINER.

LIES.

" The new Plan of Requisition strikes more fatally at Male Ser

"" vants than at any other description. By the peculiarity of our climate, our habits, and our spirit of ostentation, which has be«s come naturalized in this Island, almost every family of the “ middle order has a Man Servant; wherever that is the case, the " Requisition is to be tripled, so that A FAMILY will bave to pay “ FIFTEEN or TWENTY POUNDS for the mere rigbt of keeping a MALK

“ SERVANT.”-Morning Chronicle, and Star, Dec. 8. The charge would amount to only 41. 105.-Vide Kearsley,

" One of the principal Tax-gatherers of St. James's Parish waited

“ upon the Minister last Saturday, to state no less than sixty-five
“ levies of distress in that District, during the course of only
« one week. The honest fellow endeavoured, though vainly, to
“ ground his appeal to the feelings of Mr. Pitt.”- Morning Cbra-

niile, Saturday, Dec. 9.
Very circumstantial ! but a Lie nevertheless.

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* We were long stunned by the Ministry with the assertion, that

“ we were fighting for the preservation of Religion and Social « Order; and now, we are given to understand, that one of the priscipal objects of contest is a Fearber."'--Morn. Chron. Dec. 6.

This is a repetition of the pitiful Falsehood we noticed in our Second Number. Are the Party become Bankrupts in Invention as well as Truth, that they cannot vary their Attacks ? Surely it was of such the Poet wrote

~ Who shames a scribbler? break one cobweb through, “ He spins the slight, self-pleasing thread anew; “ Destroy his fib, or sophistry, in vain, “ The creature's at his dirty work again.”

We congratulate The Morning Chronicle, however, on its having discovered that Tea does not grow in the West Indies.

MISREPRESENTATIONS.

« YESTERDAY Lord DUNCAN, accompanied by the Marquis of SA

LISBURY, attended at the Admiralty to consult with Earl SPEN" cer and the Board, what number of Seamen are to attend the “ Royal Procession to St. Paul's. We understand that the Noble Admiral is not permitted to go to Scotland to see his Family until after this Frencbifed Farce."- Morn. Cbron. Dec. 9, 1797.

Depraved indeed must be that mind, to which His Majesty's Proclamation for a solemn Thanksgiving, and the object of that Proclamation, retrace the objects or the ceremonies of the Revolutionary Festivals of France.

Are we on the 19th inst. to prostrate ourselves before the Goddess of Reason? Are we to celebrate the Progress of Infidelity, or the Triumph of Philosophy and

Jacobinism, Jacobinism, over the Moral and Religious Creeds which have hitherto regulated the Civilized World ? Is it for the destruction of a Throne, for the murder of an innocent and virtuous King, or the massacre and proscription of our Fellow-Subjects, that we are to offer up our grateful Thanks to the Divine Providence? These and such like horrors, we know are the Farces in which ja. bins delight.

But is it a Farce, is it a Frenchified Farce, for a Christian Monarch and his happy Subjects, with unfeigned piety, and in laudable imitation, not of Republican Enemies, but of their own virtuous Ancestors, solemnly to return Thanks to the ALMIGHTY, for the Divine Interposition in the protection of these Realms against the perfidious and destructive designs of our Enemies. The language of His Majesty's Proclamation can only have made this impression on a heart completely Frenchified, viewing the most sacred Institutions of Re. ligion, Morality, and Government, as Farces invented to dupe and oppress the People. Such we admit is the real object of the Farces now acting in France; and if the Editor mcant his comparison to be understood in this point of view only, we should equally reprobate the idea as false and infamous with respect to this Country: but in that case, we must do justice to his candour, whatever his Brother Jacobins may think of his prudence, in thus betraying one of the great Secrets of the Fraternity.

" In a time of great national calamity, Queen ANNE gave up

16 100,000l. for the use of the Public. It is said this was afterwards " returned in another shape ; but be this as it may, the proposal er looked well. It had a conciliatory appearance; it showed that

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" she did not bold the Crown in defiance of the People." -Morning Cbro. nicle, Saturday, December 9, 1797.

Can the author of this Paragraph deny the obvious meaning of the foul insinuation by which it is concluded ? Supported by the virtues of His MAJESTY, by the loyalty, good sense, and affection of his Subjects, the Crown is held by the former, and cherished by the latter, as an essential part of the Constitution. Arrayed in defiance of that Constitution, stand on one side the French Army of England, the Morning Chronicle, and the whole host of English Jacobins; on the other, in its defence, the King, the Parliament (Seceders excepted) and the whole body of the People. That the former may not be mistaken, and the latter misrepresented, in the object of their defiance, we have drawn this linė, as an act of justice to both parties.

MISTAKE.

« By the last arrivals from India, a Letter has been received from " an Officer of Rank, containing the following important intele

ligence: We are greatly alarmed at the movements of Seu“ MAN Suaw, who is in great force, having no less than 96,000 “ horse. He made terrible havock and devastation in the Coun

tries he crossed. In the Delhi, they put men, women, and * children to the sword. Our army is on its march to cover the " Benares. Should we be defeated there, we dread the conseac quences; but our army, though not so numerous, has greatly " the advantage in point of discipline and arms. Much appre«« hension is entertained from the NABOB of LUCKNOW, who has * refused to pay the usual Revenue for the support of our Army, “ saying, he has no farther use for them. It is generally supposed " that TIPPO is at the bottom of all. Should that be the case, we . « are surrounded on all sides.''-Morn. Cbron, Nov. 27, 1797.

This intelligence appeared in most of the other Daily Papers on that day. It bears strong marks of a Jacobin origin; and is fortunately the very reverse of Truth.-

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