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A Proposal to Pay Off the Debt of the Nation

By Swift, Jonathan

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Book Id: WPLBN0000629829
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: A Proposal to Pay Off the Debt of the Nation  
Author: Swift, Jonathan
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Blackmask Online Collection
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Excerpt: THE Debts contracted some Years past, for the Service and Safety of the Nation, are grown so great, that under our present distressed Condition, by the Want of Trade, the great Remittances to pay Absentees, Regiments serving abroad, and many other Drains of Money, well enough known and felt; the Kingdom seems altogether unable to discharge them by the common Methods of Payment: And either a Pale or Land Tax, would be too odious to think of, especially the latter; because the Lands which have been let for these Ten or Dozen Years past, were raised so high, that the Owners can, at present, hardly receive any Rent at all. For, it is the usual Practice of an Irish Tenant, rather than want of Land, to offer more for a Farm than he knows he can be ever able to pay; and in that Case he grows desperate, and pays nothing at all. So that a Land Tax, upon a rackt Estate, would be a Burthen wholly insupportable.

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