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A Comparative View of the Present Laws against the Illicit Exportation of Wool...
London: Stafford and Davenport, 1788. Quarto, half-title, title page, 8pp. text; half-title dust-stained, otherwise fine, uncut and unopened. An interesting document on the market for wool in Britain published coincidentally with the foundation of settlement in New South Wales. Wool became the first significant export of the newly established colony, and within a generation the Australian product eclipsed British wool thanks to the introduction of fine Spanish merino stock.Longstanding law prohibiting the export of British wool protected manufacturers and raised considerable revenue through a complex system of tariffs and charges. This publication discusses new amendments to these laws (then under consideration in parliament) with a view to protecting graziers and land-owners from wrongful prosecution in the courts. The issue of informers is of central importance, and reveals importance of paid information in an era lacking effective centralised law enforcement and customs regulation. No clear resolution is expressed in this publication regarding the 'Landed Interest' who duly concede the utility of informers 'it may be asked, How any Penal Laws can be expected to be executed without holding forth Rewards to Informers? And if they should be unprincipled, the depravity of Human Nature is to be lamented more than the Bill to be blamed.'Ultimately this conflict of interests was subsumed by the importation of wool from Australia (and later New Zealand) that provided the material for British textile manufacturing on a vast scale during the nineteenth-century.
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