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MDCCCXXIX.

FRINTED BY W. LEWER, 147, STRAND

THE ORIENTAL HERALD.

No. 61.-JANUARY, 1829.-VOL. 20.

APPROACHING DISCUSSIONS ON THE EAST INDIA COMPANY'S CHARTER.

ON entering upon the Twentieth Volume of our labours in THE ORIENTAL HERALD, we cannot refrain from expressing the gratification we derive, from having lived to witness the beneficial influence, which the dissemination of the facts and arguments contained in this Work have already had, in preparing the public mind for a right decision of the important question soon to be discussed in Parliament, namely, 'Whether it is for the interests of the nation at large, that the most valuable branch of its commerce with the Eastern World should be vested, by a close Monopoly, in an insignificant number of individuals, to the exclusion of all the rest of their countrymen? and also, whether it is desirable that, in consequence of this Monopoly, Englishmen should be placed on a worse footing than foreigners of every other nation; and be debarred from trading with China, or settling in India, while all other men may do both freely, and amass fortunes in a commerce from which our embarrassed merchants and starving manufacturers are entirely excluded?' Let the question be proposed in what form it may, this is the sum and substance of it; and if a regard to the welfare of the many be suffered to take precedence of the interests of the few, there can be no doubt but that this question must be answered in the negative.

Much, however, will depend on the nature and force of the efforts that may be made by the friends of Free Trade on this occasion. Their supineness, or indifference, or parsimony, or timidity-or perhaps a mixture of all these operating on different individuals, and producing a disadvantageous whole-has hitherto occasioned feebleness to the advocates of the popular claims, and given strength to Oriental Herald, Vol. 20. B...

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