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peace, is likely to be confined to Ireland. Of beans, pease,
and rye, our growth is in general adequate, and our im-
ports insignificant: in regard to wheat, our inijiorts, for-
merly on su large a scale, are at ])resent suspended ; nor
are they likely to be renewed during peace, except on the
accidental occurrence of an indifferent season.

What appears to be the average growth of corg of all
kinds in Great Britain and Ireland? According to Mr.
Colquhoun, it seems in 1812 to have been, inchuling the
corn used as seed, al)out 4(), 000,000 of (|uarters, to which
may be added for increase in the perioil tliat has intervened
about 20 per cent., or 8,000,000 of (juarters. In reasoning
on years to come, with the prospect of a progressive in-
crease, we shall not greatly err in taking our growth at an
average of nearly 50,000,000 of (juarters, of corn of all
kinds. Then, as to import — now that we are in the enjoy-
ment of peace, and possess so ample a connnand of capital
and labour, we may calculate our average liemand ti)r
foreign corn at a very moderate amount. It nuist necessa-
rily vary greatly, according to the seasons ; but the aver-
age of a spries of years of peace will perhaps not exceed a
million of (juarters of grain of sill kinds, or 2 per cent, on
the total of our antuial growth.

"■' All undue protection to agriculture," says Mr.Ilicartio
in his pamphlet on. Agvicuiture, (p. 81.'^ " shoulil b



Online LibraryJoseph LoweThe present state of England in regard to agriculture, trade and finance; with a comparison of the prospects of England and France → online text (page 35 of 40)