Lot 356: William Pitt the Younger

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RR Auction

2015-07-07 11:00:40

Lot 356: Manuscript document presented to Pitt, eight pages on five sheets, 8 x 13, 1791. Document with small cover sheet labeled, "State of the Navigation, Commerce, and Revenues of the British Empire, with remarks thereon. Presented by Mr. Irving to Mr. Pitt, anno, 1791." A lengthy report discussing the slave trade from Africa and charting trade to each state of the United States, in part: "This branch is divided into two distinct Heads namely first the direct Trade of G. Britain Secondly that of the Trade of the British Colonies and Islands which is not carried by a direct intercourse with the Mother Country…I have taken the liberty Sir to of troubling you with these remarks, upon the Rates or Estimates of 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…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 forebear 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." Repaired partial separations to folds, fragile overall toning, and substantial chipping to edges, otherwise very good condition. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456 Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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