IN the early part of the year, war and the preparation for war shut out everything else from public consideration. A recurrence of the King's malady added to the general gloom. Hansard is filled with endless debates on the volunteers and militia, the policy as to the regular army, and the "mismanagement of the navy."
In the Budget of 30th April,1 Addington asked for a total Supply of £41,000,000; £4,711,000 to be raised on account of Ireland, leaving £36,283,000 on account of Great Britain. The chief items in the joint charges were:
|Vote of Credit||2,500,000|
|Miscellaneous, England and Ireland||883,000|
|Irish permanent grants||400,000|
As regards Ways and Means, the yield of the war taxes (customs, excise, and property tax) estimated at (customs, excise, and property tax) estimated at £14,440,000, he proposed to "invigorate by the addition of a million," to be got by another -- the fifth -- addition to the duty on wines (£11 18/6 per tun on French, and £7 19/- on other wines),2 and by another____________________