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MONTHLY REPORT OF THE STATE OF COMMERCE. London, Feb. 20, 1808.
Nour last report, we gave the particulars of the large sales of the East India Com
declared the following goods for sale, viz.
Company's SALTPETRE, 20,000 Bags, more or less, on Wednesday the 23d March, 1308-Prompt, 24th June following.
We are happy to find, that the trade between this country and the Brazils may now he said to be opened, as the bill for that purpose has passed the House of Commons, and, in consequence of it, large speculations have gone forward, both here and at Liverpool, in the article of cotton wool, which has advanced nearly 24, per lb. on the finer sorts, and very considerable orders have been sent by the merchants to the manufacturers in Lancashire, for printed and plain cotton and calicos for that market. We have no doubt, this new opening to a very extensive trade will every day increase, and once more raise the drooping spirits of all the manufacturing towns in the United Kingdom. The Sugar market continues unusually flat, but Run, Cotton, and Coffee have advanced in price, and are demanded. Yet the Merchants and Planters in the West Indies expect Parliamentary relief; and we trust that their petition, handed into the House of Commons in July last, will be attended to. And we also hope, that the Legislature will adopt some mode to encourage the culture of Flax seed throughout the kingdom, as the linen manufacture of Ireland will feel very severely the loss of that article froin America, of which nearly 42,000 hogsheads were annually imported. Some seed used to be imported also from Holland and the Baltic, but all those ports being at present shut against us, we think every encouragement that our Parliament can give to the manufacturers of this staple article should be immediately attended to.
The Wines of Portugal have risen full 151. per pipe, in consequence of the present situation of that unfortunate country. Brandies have risen from 20s. to 26s. per gallon, under the idea that a new additional duty was to have taken place this Session of Parliament, and the importers of it course of a few days past; but no such duty is the revenue have benefted much by the idle be hoped, the consumer will buy sparingly, customary price.
have paid nearly 200,0001. duty in the likely now to take place; consequently, report of a new duty: however, it is to until brandy comes to its usual and
We consider the Americans to have acted very wisely, by laying on the present embargo on all their shipping, until they know the final result of the present deliberations both here and at Paris.
PRICES OF CANAL, DOCK, FIRE-OFFICE, WATER WORKS, and BREWERY SHARES, &c. &c.
London Dock Stock, 110. per Cent.
Globe Fire and Life ditto, 110l. per cent.
February 22, 1808.
Albion ditto ditto, 3 per cent. prem.
UT-DOOR business has been much impeded this winter by the heavy falls of tion, or more likely to work well for the Lent sowing. Beans and early oats are got in, and the wheat crop will be much benefited by the several covers of snow it has had. Some complaints are made in the North of the yellow and sickly appearance of the latter sown wheats, but, in general, all the crops on the ground look well and of esteemed good promise. Turnips are every where cleared off, and have continued sounder than could have been expected.
A great number of lambs have been lost from the changeableness and severity of the weather, and it is much to be feared that, at the conclusion of the season, the accounts of both sheep and lambs lost will be heavier than have been heard of for a number of years. Live stock have succeeded remarkably well this winter in the homestall, where fodder and provision have been abundant, but not so abroad. Lean stock
and fleshy things are in great plenty, but good fat beef and mutton are likely to be rising articles in the spring, from the shortness of keep. In Ireland, the provision trade fully stocked, but upon the advance.
Smithfield-Beef, 4s. to 55.4d.; mutton, 5s. to 5s.6d; lamb, 7s to 10s.; veal, 75.6d. to 9s.; pork, 4s. 6d. to 7s.; bacon, 6s.'; Irish ditto, 4s. 8d. to bs.; fat, 4s. to 4s, 6d. ¿ skins, low.
Middlesex, Feb. 25.
AVERAGE PRICES OF CORN,
By the Winchester Quarter of 8 Bushels, and of OATMEAL per Boll of 140lbs. Averdupois, from the Returns received in the Week ended Feb. 19, 1808.
Whereof have died under two years old 582
Peck Loaf, 3s. 94. Ss. 10d. 3s.10d. 4s. 3d.
Average of England and Wales. Monmouth Wheat 69s. 2d.; Rye 47s 10d.; Barley Devon.. 39s. 6d.; Oats 29s. 8d.;
56s. 5d.; Pease 71s. 4d.; Oatmeal Dorset....
228 0 38 031 7
BILL of MORTALITY, from JAN. 26, to FEB. 16, 1808.
33 10 22 10
PRICE OF STOCKS, from JANUARY 26, 1808, to FEBRUARY 24, 1808, both inclusive.
Bank 5 p. Cent 3p Cent. 4p Ct. Navy [N. 5] Stock. Consols. Reduc. Cons. 5 p. Cent.Ct
Om. p. Cent
Irish Imperial Imperial Irish Irish S. SeaS. Sea India India Exche. Lottery Anns. 5p.CAnn. Stoek. Anns. Sto. Bonds. Bills. Tickets
100 13 1-16th
Pars. pm 20 19
Par 3s. pm 20 19
Par 28 pm 20
N.B. In the 3 per Cent Consols the highest and Lowest Price of each day is given; in the other Stocks the highest only. EDWARD FORTUNE, STOCK-BROKER and GENERAL AGENT, No. 13, Cornhill.