Cobbett's weekly political register Volume 5

 
9781130635348: Cobbett's weekly political register Volume 5

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1804 Excerpt: ...to the precipice, upon the verge of which they not only are standing, but actually falling into? Will they have time to repair the errors which they have been told-of, and will any proceeding against Lord St. Vincent, or against other who are too insignificant to think upon, be any recompence for the danger and difficulties, into which this country will be plunged by their neglect? NugJtct which every step they have t.iken since Mr. Titt's motion proves? Are they not now contracting for the very vessels which he pointed out, and which tliey decried as useless.' Are they not endeavouring to do flyer)r thing which he stated, but in a way, which, at ihe same time that it point! out their acknowledgement of the utility of his plans, marks their imbecility in the execution of them.----J am, Sir, yours, &c. &c. Argon A'vV Naval Economy. S,i R,--Mr. Adding'op make a great boast ot the taviHgi in the naval department in the yoar J803 j and att-ributes it, in a great degree, to the economy of the AdmK»J(y. But, Sir, I will explain to you how the sur-' plus has been occasioned. In the first place, when the late Emperor of Russia ifrid an embargo oa our trade, it was found necessary to send to different parts of tfie world for the,article of hemp (the most Ckpetisive commodity used in the yards), which was supplied at an enormous expense.. When, the embargo w;is taken of, in order that we might not bs distressed agnin, the Navjr Board.deemec.1 it prudent to make immense contracts r and in 1801 and 1802, there, wag as much hemp received in the yards, as was adequate to 3 or 4 years consumption, the amount of it was nearly a million and a hait; therefore in 1SO3, a very small quantity was contracted for. In the next place the monies which were granted for t...

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