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An Account of the Total Number of Persons to wliom half-a-year's Dividend on 3

Cent. Consols, 3 y Cent, Reduced, 3} V Cents., 4 4 Cents., Long Annuities, and New 4 4 Cents. were paid on the 10th, of October 1822, and the 5th. of Jan. 1823, specifying the Number respectively of those whose Dividends did not exceed the rate of £ 10., £ 20., £ 100,, £ 200., £ 400., £ 600., £ 1000., [2000., £ 4000., and of those whose Dividends exceeded £ 4000. Annum.

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24T Long New1 Total Cent. Ct. Re

| Cent. 1
An-

No. of
Consol. duced.

Cents.
Consol. nuities. Cents.

Persons Not exceeding →

101. H Ann, 28,811 12,011 233 9,981 8,360 | 31,359 ! 90,755 201. Do. 12,959 4,998 166

5,174 1

3,639 | 14,629 41,295 1001. Do. 32,297 12,133 447 12,502 7,731 34,472 99,582 2001. Do. 9,402 3,528 205 3,593 1,644 7,677 26,049 1 4001. 6,322

173 2,021 825 3,903 15,459 600l.

2,270 804 60 608 254 1,145 5,141 10001. Do. 1,459 512 71

157 644 3,243 20001 Do. 855 300

181 58 280 1,732 40001. Do. 264 105

35 · 121 48 487 Exceeding £ 4000. . 1091 44

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24 | 215 Total No. of Persons. 94,748 36,650 1,450 34,512 22,417 94,181 283,958

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** The above Statement is to a certain extent very interesting, although very incomplete; to have

been more complete the total sum divided among each respective Class of Annuitants should have been stated, and further the larger holders of Stock have it divided amongst several, if not in euch denomination of Stock. The total sum divided among the 283,958 stated above, was $25,772,296

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And the annexed is a Statement of all the
other Denominations of Stock unredeemed
as they stood on the 5th of January 1823.
which made up the Aggreg. of what is term zo
ed the NATIONAL DEBT.” on that date.

The following is a Statement of the several Denominations of Stock, and of the Divi.

dends thereon amounting to £25,772,296 divided amongst the 283,958 Persons according to the preceding Statement. Unredeemed

Capitals, Dividends. 3 Cent. Consolidated Annuities..... ...

£ 365,775,886 | £ 10,973,276 3 Cent. Reduced

Do. .... .... .... 133,411,112 *4,002,333 3} ¥ Cents.

16,098,7412 563,455 4 P Cent. Consolidated Do. ....

74,843,861 *2,993,754 Long Annuities, ( terminable in 1860.) .... ...:

*1,339,436 New 4 4 Cents. .... .......:

147,001,068 5,880,042 Total Sum held by the 283,938 persons as stated above £ 737,130,668 £ 25,772,296 South Sea Annuities 3 y Cent. ....

12,192,584

364,777 Bank Do. Do. .... ....

*470,455 | Irish Do. Various. .....

25,789,2931

978,531 Imperial Do. 3 f Cent. ....

4,723,832 141,715 5 Cents. 1797 & 1802. ....

1,008,608 50,450 Life Annuities payable at the Exchequer. Those noted with

28,944

a * are payable | Irish Do. payable in England.

35,461

half-yearlyon the Do. Do. Do. in Ireland .... 5th. of Ap.d: 10th.

7,127 Life Annuities 48 Geo. III........ of Oct. the others 450.659

on the 5th Charged by the Bank of Englnd for Manag

of

1 2 84,877

Jan.& 5th. of Jul.
Total FUNDED.

796,530,145 | 28,585,27%
Unfunded, Exchequer Bills outstanding on the ?
5. of Jan. 1823. at an Int. of 2d.4 1007. ¥day*

42,209,505 Int.1,283,867 Total FUNDED & UNFUNDED. £ 838,829,656 £ 29,869,139

In addition to the above large aggregate amount of fixed Money Incomes abstracted from the hard earned pittances of the productive and labouriag Classes, there is a further amount of £5,315,692 of Life Annuities under the head of Military & Naval &c. half-pay and Pensions; which, by an Act of the Session of Parliament 1823. was converted into a fixed Annuity of £2,800'000 40 Annum for 45 Years, espiring in 1867: there are Pensions, also to he amount of about £ 400,000 H Annum, in England and a similar amount in Ireland & Scotland, not included in the beforementioned amount: but the greatest oppression of all, because unnecessary and uncalled for, either for the interest or for the honour of the State, is, that of Taxing the labor of the People of England £ 5,000,000 Y Ann. to make forced purchases of 3 % Cent. Stock at the rate of about 25 Oz. of Gold, for the same amount of Stock for which only 10 Oz. were received in 1813 & 1815, 91

STATEMENT shiewing the ANNUAL VARIATION in the STATÉ and CONDITION of

GREAT BRITAIN, as regards her COMMERCE, MANUFACTURES, TAXATION, ånd PAROCHIAL ASSESSMENTS, on an Average of each five Years, since the general Peace in 1783.

COLONIAL& FOREIGN British Produce and

PRODUCE from and to Manufactures EXPORTED
all parts of the World
exe pt Ireland.; | At Official | At Delare
Value or Real

Parochial YEARS. Imported | Reexported. or Quantity Valide. TAXES. Assesments. - -- ]- £--1-f

f -

-t1782 | 9,714,000 | NoReturn í 9,919,000 ; There was no i 17,000,000 2,000,000 1784 - 88 / 16,633,910 | 4,584,139 | 11,989,172 (authentic re- | 18,000,000 2,167,748

turn of real 9- 93 19,070,282 | 5,703,102 | 15,961,865

Nu authentic Value prior

accounts for 93 7 21,696,756 8,203,209 16,592,222) to 1798. 19,601,738 S these periods

8 -1803 i 29,578,490 | 11,631,550 | 23,840,865 | 40,322,381 ) 33,670,195 5,300,000 1804 - 9 | 30,100,807 | 10,340,564 27,231,957 43,594,050 55,888,192 6,500,000

10 - 15 | 32,181,483 | 15,181,555 | 32,867,738 44,471,855 67,939,000 8,500,000 16 - 21 30,501,500 | 10,925,516 | 37,818,325 / 37,865,836 | 55,400,088 8,545,672

1822 | 29,401,807 9,211,928 | 43,558,490 36,176,897 | 54,974,243 | 7,761,441

1823 | 34,544,246 8,588,966 43,144,466 | 34,691,124 | 52,948,542 6,898,153 The above Statement exhibits a considerable diminution in the Money Amount of both Taxes and Purochial Assessments, but, resolving itself, as all TAXATION does, into labour, and the products of labour the Taxation of 1823, both State and Parochial, will, on a fair investigation be seen to be greater than that of any Year during the WAR. The Accounts of Parochial Assesments are made up to Easter in each Year. In the above Statement the Accounts end at Easter in the Year affixed, but in the Statement below

at Easter in the following Year. COMPARATIVE VIEW of the INCREASE and Extent of PAUPERISM and CRIME in

ENGLAND & WALES, at different periods since 1748 ; and Statement shewing the Tutal Amount of Parish Assessments, and the Proportion thereof expended for the Relief of PAUPERS .and the EQUIVALENT of that Amount in Quarters of Wheat, according to thie Average Price of Wheat in each Year; The No. of Committals for CRIME in England & Wales; The total Amount of TAXES in GREAT BRITAIN, and of British PRODUCE and MANUFACTURES Exported therefrom in each Year since 1811.

Total
Amount of Expended

Purish for Relief
YBARS. Assesment of Paupers

TAXES.
17491 730,135 689,971
761,720,316 1,521,732

11,000,000
84 | 2,167,748 | 1,912,241

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18,000,000 1803 5,348,204 4,077,891 56/5d | 1,443,101

38,511,812 | 22,252,102 12 | 8,640,842 | 6,656,105 12515 1,061,438 6,576 | 64,752,025 | 31,248,362 138,388,974 6,294,584 108/9 11.197.625 7,164 | 68,302,859 | 32.000,000 14 7,457,676 5,418,845 73/3 | 1,484,615 6,390 70,240,312 | 33,299,589 156,937,425 5,724,506 64/4 1 1,779,639 7,818 | 71,203,141 | 41,712,002

168,128,4186,918,217 75/10 1,824,584 9,091 | 62,426,506 | 34,774,520 7 17 9,320,440 7,890,148

| 1,665,467 | 13,932 52,135,739 | 39,235,397 188,932,185 7,531,650 84/1 | 1,791,472 | 13,567 | 53,937,318 | 41,963,527 Ines 19 | 8,719,655 7,329,594

730 | 2,008,408 | 14,254 53,238,914 | 32,923,575 1820 8,411,893 6,958,445 6517 | 2,122,016 | 13,710 55,132,077 | 39,818,036

17,761,441 | 6,358,703 566 2,230,868 13,115 | 55,530,072 | 40,194,893 26,898,153 5,773,096 4313 2,669,762

54,974,143 | 43,558,490

52,948,542 | 43,144,466 In further illustration of the fact, of the burthen of TAXATION having increased, notwithstanding

the diminution in the MONEY AMOUNT, and of all Taxation, however indirect and insidious it's operation, and however remote its effect may be. ultimately resolving itself into LABOUR and the products of Labour, the DEPRECIATION in the Value of British Produce and Manufactures EXPORTED, will be seen to present itself in strong confirmation of the fact, it will be seen, that since 1803, whilst the QUANTITY annually Erported has nearly doubled, the Value is upwards of $ 4,000,000 V Annum less, and the aggregate Depreciation in 1823, comparing the Value with the Ave. rage-Value of the six Years 1798-1803, upuards of £ 37,000,000. And in the Summary of a Report of a SELECT COMMITTEE of ARTIZANS, appointed in 1923 “to enquire into the causes which have

led to the ertensive depreciation or reduction in the remuneration for labour, and the CALAMITOUS * DISTRESS conseqeunt thereupon," it is shewn, that as TAXATION progressively increased, the remu. neration for LABOUR as progressively decreased, and that the aggregate increase of Taxation, corresponds exactly with the aggregate decrease in the Remuneration for Labour, and proves to DEMONSTRATION, that not only direct Taxation, but that all subsistence, and all Income acquired by any other means than productive occtipation, resolve themselves into an abstraction from the fair reward due to productive labour. Estimating therefore the pressure of Taxation either by its Amount in GOLD, which in 1819, after an interval of one and Twenty Years, without any Standard at all, u'as again made the Standard of Value for all commodity, or by Commodities themselves, the pressure of TAX ATION in 1873 will prove greater than that of 1315, which was the maximum of Money Amount

Average

Price of
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CRIME.

Quantity of
British Produce
& Manufactures
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Charges of Collection

STATEMENT of the Chargcs of Collection on, and other Payments out of the PUBLIC INCOXR of GKEAT BRITAIN, in its Progress to the EXCHEQUER, in the Year 1823; shewing the proportion of Charge on, and Payments out of each respective department, or source of INCOME, and also the

several Itens of Charge, and of Payments. Heads of INCOME. | Customs | Excise. Stamps A. Tax | P. Offi. C.Lds. | all oth.! TOTAH.

Items of Charge.

Salaries&Allowan. | 476,544 777,379 48,671 | 90,017 | 167,381 33,1191 8,322 1,599,238 6 Centage ....

63,917 | 170,361

5,017 1,5661 240,862 Day Pay ...... 330,709 19,451

5,922

256,173 Special Services 18,894 31,492 4,133 11,69! 7,353

770 74,340 Tradesmen's Bills 132,045 34,286 4,197 1 797 16,681 4,545 162, 152,991 Rent, & Taxes 8,507 12,443 657 107 4,503

204 | 26,423 LAW CHARGES 27,229 31,160 4,334 18,768 3,973

3,026 78,500 Stationary &c. 33,481 40,688 12,899 19,289! 7,747

353 114,455 Superannuations 96,346 67,899 5,039 7,299 9,992

160 187,204 Compensations

33,014 4,381 199 12,014! 5,125 1,403 239 56,375 Incidents ....... 52,760 86,333 15,483 5,2491 3,051

213

103,090 Conveyance of Mails, Packets, Transit Postage, & Ship Let. | 267,645

267,645

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TOTAL. | 1,109,530 102,612 159,520 | 331,516 | 473,456 44,553 15,825 2,227,012 Quarantine and 1 251,132192,141 | Warehouseing Establishment

443,273 8 Bounties for Pro- 331,157 | 92,739 | inoting Fisheries, Linen Manufactures &c.

423,896 Payments in Sup 85,013 | 137,996 | port of the Civil Government of SCOTLAND 223,609 Expences incurred in securing His Majesty's Woods, Forests & Lands 219,028 2,000 221,028 Sums paid or advanced to Commissioners of Roads 5,367 5,946

11.313 Expence of Irish Packet Establishment

127,219

27,219 | Augmentation of Stipends to Scot's Clergy

9,639

9,639 Militia and Deserters' Warrants

22,228

22,228 PENSIONS

14,000
13,700

27,700
Total of other
PAYMENTS
667,901 436,876

37,816 46,864 219,029 2,591 1,411,076 IRE ? Ch. of Collec 458,249 235,014 39,014 40,232 95,661

868,170 LAND | oth Payments 160,921 65,414

226,334 TOTAL United Kingdom. / 2,396,601 | 1,839,916 198,534 | 409,564 | 615 981 | 223,981 | 18,426 / 5,742,293

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COMPARATIVE Statement of the Nett. Produce of the REVENUE of GREAT BRITAIN in the Years

1923 and 1824, shewing also the Gross Receipt of each article assessed under the EXCISE in 1323, and the increase noted by +, or decrease noted by -, of each article

Gr. Rec. Nett. Proceeds 1+ Increase EXCISE,

TOTAL Nett. REVENUE 1823. 1823. 1824. Decrcase

1823.

1824.

-- - --Auctions

236,650 221,9501 680,642 + 58,692 Customs.... 10,406,430 10,239,739

3,333,333 2,919,575 3,019,895 + 12,320 Excise ...... 23,956,458 25,113,287 Malt

3,508,734 2,990,728 3,435,769 + 445,041 Stamps ...... 6,362,620 6,753,096 Hops ) ...... 35,835 47,240 72,593 + 25,353 L.& Assesd Tax 6,188,877 1 4.922.070

... British 2,833,038 2,723,615 | 2,276,473 + 251,858 Post Office .... 1,387,000 1,444,000 Spuits Foreig. 2,699,127 2,362,709 | 2,672,761 + 310,052 Hawkers &c, 53,880 57,716 Bricks and s'iles 407,239 390,632 467,724 1+ 77,092 Incidents .... 106,313 106,833 Candles .......... 443,051 379,676 392,929 + 13,253 Imprests ...... 250,247 176,022 Cocos & Coffee .... 426,137 419,073 406,842 12,236 Austria .... 766,667 1,733,333 Cyder & Perry .... 48,719 45,751 40,320 5,426 Class ........... 962,710 474,424 537,625 62,951 TOTALS £ 49,478,401 | 50,546,092 Hides & Skins

376,435 326,277 357,252 30,975 Licences ......

785 209 744,953 656,280 88,683 These Statements with the exception Paper ........

616,391 547,027 605,179 + 58,152 of the Column of Gross Receipt of Pepper.......

153,389 147,921 159,287 + 11,366 the Ercise, ure termed the Exchequer Printed Calicoes 1,811,919 560,511

599,513 + 38,002 Account, and are the same order of 389,420 446,489 192,416 247,083 accounts which appear in the NewsSoap .......... | 1,282,231 1,175,566 1'097,770

7,796

papers quarterly; whilst all the preStarch.........

79,091 65,728 61.447 4,281 ceding Statements relating to FiStone Bottles .... 3,298 3,088 3,101

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nance have been compiled from what Sweets ..........

12,104 11,922 10,124 - 1,798 are termed the Treasury Accounts. Tea...... ..... 3,410,408 3,373,587 3,382,435 + 8,848 The Exchequer Account it will be Tobacco and Snuff 2,586,500 2,463,640 2,584,829 + 121,199 seen does not include the £5,742,293 Vinegar ........

48,243 47,765 47,798 2,967 stated above, nor £ 4,241,997 which Wine vide Custms. 1,120,950 1,041,394 1,043,286 + 1,812 appears in the Treasury Accounts W ire ............ 9,134 7,906 7,917 + 11 for the Year 1823, as repaid for

Drawbacks, Bounties of the nature TOTALS. 27,568,027 | 23,956,458 25,113,287'+1,15682,5 of Drawbacks, Allowances, &c. &c.

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** In further Illustration of the FINANCE ACCOUNTS of the Government of GREAT BRITAIN. it may be observed generally, that "if Suspicion itself had dictated the plan" it could not possibly have been more calculated to confuse and deceive than the plan which they at present pursue, as will be manifest from the following elucidation of some of the details. The Exchequer Account, let it be kept in mind, is the one published quarterly, and copied by every Neurspaper and other periodical publication in the Kingdom, and let the actual result be what it may, inferences indicative of the unbounded prosperity, of the Country are uniformly proclaimed. On the other hand the Treasury Accounts, which more fully afford the means of detecting any fallacy or misrepresenta tion, are made up to the 5th. of Jany, in each Year, but not published till the Months of June, July. or August; last year they were not delivered until after Parliament was prorogued, and when they do appear, they are in a form so diffuse and varied from those of the Exchequer, that much severe application is required to detect and elucidate the fallacies and impositions which they con. tain.

· A VINDICATION

THE DRAMA, THE STAGE, AND PUBLIC MORALS,

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· Who art thou that judgest another?

: The General Epistle of James. Chap, iv. ver. 12. PLAGIARY. A Thief in Literature; one who steals the thoughts or writings of • another.

Johnson's English Dictionary. But steal not word for word, nor thought for thought, For you'll be teaz'd to death, if you are caught !.

Bramston's Årt of Politics. Dodsley's Collection.

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PREFACE.

The author of the following pages sincerely asserts that it is with great reluctance he intrudes on the public. He has done so, impelled by a sense of duty. The subject is of no mean importance-the influence of a popular amusement on PUBLIC Mo.

RALS.

The literary history of the drama and the stage records various periodical controversies on the effects of dramatic representations and reading: it is not therefore probable that Mr. James has written any thing novel or particularly worthy publication : by parity of reasoning this remark would apply to these observations and com. ments on him ; but there are local reasons which justify the publication of these pages.

First, a gross insult has been committed in Mr. James's publications on sixty-four of the principal inhabitants of Birmingham, the projectors and proprietors of the present Birmingham theatre --a public companiy of individuals the most respectable and influential members of the several political and religious classes of the town and neighborhood. The author feels himself called on in their behalf to justify their liberal and disinterested re-establishment of the theatre, after its destruction by fire in 1820 ; and when it is known that he is not a proprietor of the Birmingham. theatre, and had never entered the doors of that theatre when this publication was commenced, he will not be considered as a partial or interested defender.

Secondly, as Mr. James is a preacher possessing local popularity, and exercising considerable influence, it is desirable that his admirers should form a just estimate of his talent, judgment, and writings; they will have an opportunity of doing so in the perusal of these sheets. It has been reported that Mr. James considers he has hitherto enjoyed a triumphant argument, and that the flood of

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