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CHAPTER III, On the consequences and effects of the selection of subjects of taxation on the social condition and welfare of the people of the United Kingdom; will be published in a few days, and the rest of the work as soon thereafter as practicable.
The eager haste shown to press forward and .
pass into law the measures now under discussion in the House of Commons, and in agitation
among the public of all ranks and degrees uni
versally, has induced the writer of the following pages to publish them, before completion of the intended work, of which they are the beginning —under the impression (unfounded, perhaps) that the facts stated may influence reflection upon those measures; which, in the opinion of the Prime Minister of the day, will, if adopted by the Legislature, have such important and beneficial effects—and which, in the opinion of many sensible persons, will or may alter, for much better or for much worse, the social condition of very numerous and very important classes of the people of the United Kingdom.
London, February 16, 1846.
THERE probably exists a principle, upon which
public expenditure. B