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Complaint about duties on sugar refining in 1691
(Catalogue ref: CO 5/1 f64,67,68)
Source1a

THE INTEREST OF THE NATION
AS IT RESPECTS ALL THE SUGAR-PLANTATIONS ABROAD
And Refining of Sugars at Home, Truly Stated; And Humbly offered to the
Honerable House of Commons.
London: Printed by B. Motte, 1691. ......

Source 1b

It's evident from what hath been said, that the Interest of the Nation in all its parts, the Plantations in general and the Refiners, is interwoven and one Interest; and that the small Interest of Claying of Sugars in but a small part, as yet, of but one Sugar-Island, viz. Barbadoes, is destructive to all; and the Benefits that arise from it are so far from being publick, that it only makes a few Men very rich, and all the other Planters very poor; like a Wen that grows out of this Political Body or Interest, that draws all the Nutriment to it self, to the languishing of the whole body.

Source 1c

.. without Relief many must be ruin'd; and although Subjects in, and in a sense may be said to be Children of, the Kingdom; have their Bread given to Strangers.

And this introduces a few Words, with respect to them, viz. Holland, Flanders and Hamborough, to which places our Brown Sugars are conveyed to be Refined; which being the Product of our own Plantations, as Wooll is of our own Nation, might be wrought all of it at home, to the great Advantage of the Kingdom and Revenue. And it's observable that formerly before we were so kind as to send them our Brown Sugars, at least in such Quantities as now we do, they used to buy our Molosses; Holland and Flanders being the chief Markets for that Commodity: But now they have gotten our Meat, they will have none of our Porrage, and at any time when Molosses is low here, they lay a high Duty to keep it out from coming there; great Quantities of Loafe-Sugar likewise was used to be exported to Flanders, but when they found means to have our Brown Sugar there was a Duty of 2d. per pound laid upon it, and so kept out; so that what little Care soever hath been used to preserve this Trade in England, these Instances shew the regard others have for it; and the Hollanders cannot but be reckoned good Judges in the Interest of Trade:
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