Twelve letters on the impediments which obstruct the trade & commerce of the city and port of Bristol [by] Cosmo


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Pàgina 53 - Romans, countrymen, and lovers! hear me for my cause ; and be silent that you may hear : believe me for mine honour; and have respect to mine honour, that you may believe: censure me in your wisdom; and awake your senses that you may the better judge. If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar's, to him I say, that Brutus' love to Caesar was no less than his.
Pàgina 43 - The natural effort of every individual to better his own condition, when suffered to exert itself with freedom and security, is so powerful a principle, that it is alone, and without any assistance, not only capable of carrying on the society to wealth and prosperity, but of surmounting a hundred impertinent obstructions with which the folly of human laws too often encumbers its operations...
Pàgina 85 - ... let me exhort and conjure you never to suffer an invasion of your political constitution, however minute the instance may appear, to pass by, without a determined, persevering resistance. One precedent creates another. They soon accumulate, and constitute law. What yesterday was fact, to,day is doctrine. Examples are supposed to justify the most dangerous measures, and where they do not suit exactly, the defect is supplied by analogy.
Pàgina 44 - It is indeed one sign of a liberal and benevolent mind to incline to it with some sort of partial propensity. He feels no ennobling principle in his own heart, who wishes to level all the artificial institutions which have been adopted for giving a body to opinion, and permanence to fugitive esteem. It is a sour, malignant, envious disposition, without taste for the reality, or for any image or representation of virtue, that sees with joy the unmerited fall of what had long flourished in splendour...
Pàgina 98 - To put a stop to this clandestine importation, a bill was introduced into Parliament in 1745, in pursuance of the recommendation of a Committee of the House of Commons, and passed into a law, by which the excise duty of 4s. was reduced to Is., and 25 per cent, ad valorem. This measure was signally successful. In 1746, the year immediately subsequent to the reduction, the sales of tea for home consumption amounted to above TWO MILLIONS of pounds weight, and the revenue was increased to 243,3091.
Pàgina 4 - Without recurring to the splendid examples of antiquity, it may be sufficient to advert to the effect produced by the Free States in Italy, and the Hanse Towns in Germany, in improving the character of the age. Under the influence of commerce the barren islands of Venice, and the unhealthy swamps of Holland, became not only the seats of opulence and splendor, but the abodes of literature, of science and the fine arts ; and vied with each other not less in the number and celebrity of eminent men and...
Pàgina 25 - For no subject of England can be constrained to pay any aids or taxes) even for the defence of the realm or the support of government, but such as are imposed by his own consent, or that of his representatives in parliament.
Pàgina 38 - Pleasures are few, and fewer we enjoy ; Pleasure, like quicksilver, is bright, and coy; We strive to grasp it with our utmost skill, Still it eludes us, and it glitters still : If seiz'd at last, compute your mighty gains ; What is it, but rank poison in your veins...
Pàgina 4 - ... are the most numerous and the most extensive. The direct consequence of this, is not only an increase of wealth to those countries where commerce is carried on to its proper extent, but an improvement in the intellectual character and a superior degree of civilization in those by whom its operations are conducted. Accordingly we find, that in every nation where commerce has been cultivated upon great and enlightened principles, a considerable proficiency has always been made in liberal studies...
Pàgina 47 - Mains nsus abolcndus est" is an established maxim of the law. To make a particular custom good, the following are necessary requisites : 1. That it have been used so long, that the memory of man runneth not to the contrary.

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