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HUSKISSON, William. Shipping interest. Speech of the Right Hon. W. Huskisson in the house of commons, Monday, the 7th of May, 1827, on General Gascoyne's motion...

London. Printed for J. Hatchard & Son, 1827. First edition.
8vo. 93pp, [1]. Handsomely bound in late nineteenth century navy half-morocco, marbled boards, lettered in gilt. Very slightly rubbed to extremities. A trifle dust-soiled, small ink stamp of the Webster Collection to verso of final leaf, overall a fine copy.
An address delivered by Member of Parliament William Huskisson (1770-1830) on the appointment of a select committee to inquire into the distressed state of British commercial shipping. An appendix to the text of the speech provides tables detailing an account of the number of vessels in use and the amount of their tonnage; the values of goods imported and exported throughout Britain and her colonies, including News South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and the West Indies; and the returns from commerce conducted with the Prussian states. Huskisson, considered in his day to be the best practical man of business in England, achieved great popularity within both political and social circles. His ascendancy would however be cut short whilst attending the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the world's first line to rely exclusively upon steam engines, when he was struck by Stephenson's Rocket and mortally injured.
£ 150.00 Antiquates Ref: 14200