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    [William Pitt] Report to William Pitt discussing, in part, the slave trade from Africa. Seven and one-quarter pages, 8" x 13", n.p., 1791. Many of the fold separations to the document have been repaired; toning and minor soiling exist throughout. The document is docketed on the final page, "Presented by Mr. Irving to Mr. Pitt," which most likely refers to William Pitt. The report is headed on page one, "Commercial Branch." Page three is headed, "Revenue Branch." Pages six and seven contain tables of shipping and manufacturing amounts. The document reads in part:

    "This branch is divided into two distinct Heads namely first the direct Trade of G. Britain Secondly That part of the Trade of the British Colonies and Islands which is not carried on by a direct intercourse with the Mother Country . . . an extensive view of some of the most Important objects of National concern. . . . I have taken the liberty Sir of troubling you with these remarks, upon the Rates or Estimates in this Office, in order to show that the difference between the value of Imports and Exports is very little to be depended upon, in striking the Balance of Trade, and consequently the Arguments held both in and out of Parliament, and in the voluminous writing of various Authors, upon the subject of commercial Balances, chiefly founded upon the Accounts of the Inspector Generals office. . . . In striking the Balance between this Country & the British West Indies, there are several circumstances to be taken into consideration. To the direct Exports from hence, the value of the Goods exported to Africa ought to be added, because the Slaves purchased with those Goods on the Coast of Guinea are taken off by the West Indies. . . . I forbear making any observation upon our Trade with the States of America. . . . The following account will show the Effect which the restrictions they have put upon our shipping have already had on our carrying Trade to that Country. . . . Prior to the Revolution, the Charges of Collecting the Revenues in France amounted to £... 1...17 percent."


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