Excerpt from The Debates and Proceedings of the House of Commons, Vol. 1: During the Fourth Session of the Sixteenth Parliament of Great Britain At home, my subjects experience the growing blessings of peace in the extension of trade, the improvement of the revenue, and the increase of the public credit of the nation. For the farther advancement of those important objects, I rely on the continuance of that zeal and industry which you manifested in the last Session of Parliament. The Resolutions which you laid before me, as the basis of an adjustment of the commercial intercourse between Great-Britain and Ireland, have been by my directions communicated to the Parliament of that kingdom; but effectual step has hitherto been taken thereupon, which can enable you to make any further progress in this salutary work. Gentlemen of the House of Commons, I have ordered the estimates for the present year to be laid before you: it is my earnest wish to enforce comy in every department; and you will, I am persuaded, be equally ready to make such provision as may be necessary for the public service, and particularly for maintaining our naval strength on the most secure and respectable footing. - Above all, let me recommend to you the establishment of a fixed plan for the reduction of the national debt. The flourishing state of the revenue will, I trust, enable you to effect this important measure with little addition to the public burdens. My Lords and Gentlemen, The vigour and resources of the country, so fully manifested in its present situation, will encourage you in continuing to give your utmost attention to every object of national concern; particularly to the consideration of such measures as may be necessary in order to give farther security to the revenue, and to promote and extend as far as possible, the trade and general industry of my subjects. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.