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An Account of the Public FUNDED DEBT of Great BRITAIN, as the same stood on the 1st of February, 1817.

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Total Debe of Great Brit. €45,686,800 21,037,684 13 114354,763,461 34*34,527,696 18 10 68,981,344 : 1132,678,067 9 71,063,798 o 8

.... Ireland, pay-
while in Great Britain

43,087,615 00 52,768,750 O 5,954,375 od 2,222,000
Loans to the Emperor
of Germany, payable in

7,502,633 6 8
Ditto to Prince Regent
of Portugal, mayable in Do.

15,686,800 21,037,684 13 110404,353,719 y 186,191,969 6 7 74,935,719 : 2|134,900,057 9 71,063,798 8
In the Names of the Commis.
for the Reduct. of the Debt.

6,692,000 0 o 18,370,161 711 36,8;2,915 10 16,313 17 17-708 11 71 5,294 15

15,686.338 914,345,684 13 110385,983,558 1 149,3 59,053 16 Ś 74,919,405 5 134,882,348 18 0 1,058,503 5 6 Transferred to the Commia by

purchases of lam pertaant to Act Geo j. € 141.


1.174.079 Taal

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ANNUAL Awit for the Chege of

peale ta the Com

of (Red Clawn.)

CAPITALS INTEREST. fur Terms of Year Managerut ons by Sundry Acte ANNUAL

of Parlament

Total Debt of Grat Britain.........6 726,738,842 7 67 25,166,815 16 461,303,250 14 51 245,350 14 1 10,545,190 6 + |37,260,607 11 st
.... Ireland. payable in Great

103,032,750 O o 3,194,966 5 o 129,583 6 8 28,826 9 98 1,039,584 19 9 45392,961 34
Lans to the Emperor of Germany,
payable in Ditto..

7,502,633 6 8

225,079 00 230,000 0 0 3,852 10 6 36,693 00 495,624 10 6 Ditto to Prince Regent of Portugal payable in Ditto.. 893,52279 26,865 13 st

159 7 10
30,000 0

57,025 13
838,169,748 1114 28,613,726 14 971,662,834 1 1 278,189 2 3 11,631,468 6 3142,206,118 4 st
In the Names of the Commissioners for the
Redaction of the Debt....
61,954,855 12 11,859,268 17 45 509 14 4

1,859,778 11 81
1776,214,892 9 of 26,754,457 17 #1,662,324 6 9 278,189 2 3 13,511,246 17 18 |42,206,218 4 st
Transferred to the Commissioners by pur-

chases of Life Annuities, persuant to
Act 48 Gen. 3, cap. 14: ..
3,449,955 00 103.498 130 4,420 00

107,918 13 0
TOTAL CHARGE for Dant, payable
in Great Britain

6772,764,937 9 of 1|26,650,959 4551,657,9046 941278,189 2 3 13,619,165 10 113||42,206,218
Add Annuities payable at the Exchequer,

Uncluined for three years, at sth Jan.

28,838 70

13,648,003 17 113 Dedoct Life Annuities payable at the Bank of England...

225,254 13 0 Amount applicable to the Reduction of the Debt payable in Great Britain...

13,422,749 4 11 EXCHEQUER, 18th of March, 1817.




An Account of the UNFUNDED Debt and DEMANDS OUTSTANDING on the 5th Day of Junuary, 1817.

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The Select Committee of the House enlightened men bare practically

of commons appointed to consider failed. of the Poor Luws, and 19 report In bringing under the view of trest Otserrations thereupon from the House the whole of this systime to time to the House, hare, tein of laws, they feel it ui necesfarsuant to the Order oj the sary to refer miputely to the staHure, considered the same uc tutes which passed antecedent to corda'y, and agreed to the fole the reign of Queen Elizabeth It busz Report.

may be sufficient in state, that

they were generally directed to the Vier Committee have forborne relief of the impotent poor, by the to avail themselves of the permis. contributions of the church and Sysna to report their observations the alms of the charitable, and to from time to time to the House, the suppression of vagrancy and frm the persuasion that they could idleness; for while permission to Dove do justice to o extensive and solicit support from private benelatricate a subject, by presenting volence was given to those who i un det:eed parts before they had were disabled by nge or infirmity, ther t.eans of taking a deliberate it became probably extremely dif*** of the whole; and not seeing ficult to repress the same practice It probable that they could recom- in others, who “ as long as they trenul any such alteration of the might live by begging, did refuse 11.11.17 laws as would atford inn- to labour, giving themselves to medi!e relief in those cases of idleness and rice." Enactments kvere and urgent pressure, which the most harsh were therefore can searcely be deemed to have provided against "strung beggars, ar an out of the ordinary ope- per-ons whole and mighty in Taun of this system, they could bolly;" and the relentless rigirur but feel themselves justified in of- of these laws, which was consumfor any sugestions hastily to muted in the first year of Edward te Hosse on questions of acknow. 11. visited the offence of vagrancy

und deshe uliv, enhanced in a with the barbarous penalties of slaserie by the cruumstances very, mutilatio:18, and death. And Rietnes, and on which they although these reveriiic acresome€3":foozt but recollect, that the re- what relaxed, even before the exp.tL'alcburts of the inost able and ration of that short reign, yet they

did not wholly give way to a milder trade of life to get their living by; systein till the beginning of the and also to raise by taxation, &c. last cer.tury.

“ a convenient stock of far, ác. The impotent poor, on the other to set the poor on work;" and alsı» hand, were permitted to beg within competent sums of money for and certain districts, and no means of wwaris the necessary relief of exhortation were spared to excite the lame, impotent, old, blind. the people " to be liberal, and and such other among them, being bountifully to extend their good poor and not able to work." and claritable alms towards the This new and important princomfort and relief of the poor, ciple of compulsory provision for inpotent, decrepit, indigent, and the impotent, and for setting to neely people." Subsequent sta work the able, originated, without tutes in the reign of Edw. VI. doubt, in motives of the purest were directed to the same object, humanity, and was directed to be till at length by the 5th Eliz. c. 3, equitable purpose of preventing upon the exhortation of the priest, this burthen falling exclusively bishop, and justiees in sessions, upon the charitable. But such a having been directed in vain to compulsory contribution for the those who were unwilling to con- indigent, from the funds originally tribute, the justices, after repeated accumulated from the lub ur and almonition, were empowered with industry of others, could not fail the churchwardents to assess such in process of time, with the inpersons according to their discre- crense of population which it was tion for a weekly contribution. calculated to foster, to produce Thus gradually was established a the unfortunate effect of abating general and compulsory provision those exertions on the part of the for the maintenance of the im- labouring classes, on which, acpotent poor ; it was niodified and cording to the nature of things, extended by various successive the happiness and welfare of nianenactments, and at lengti ma- hind has been made to rest. By tured and consolidated by the sta- diminishing this natural impulse tute of the 43d of the same reign, by which men are instigated to which continues to this day the industry and good conduct, by fundamental and operative law superseding the necessity of proon this important subject.

viding in the season of health and This statute enacts, that “the rigour for the wants of sickness churchwardens and overseers' and old age, and by making po shall the order froin tine to verty and misery the conditore time (with the consent of tho or on which relief is to be obtainel, more justices) fur setting to work your Committee cannot but fear, the children of all such a huse pile from a reference to the increase i rents shall not be thought able to numbers of the poor, and inc.casad heep and maintain their children, and increasing amount of the and a'so for setting to work all sums raised for their relief, that such persons, married or unmai. chis system is perpetually encueiriel, having no means to maintain raging and increasing the aummat them, ani use no or:'inary or daily of misery it was designed to me.


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