The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D: In Thirteen Volumes, Volume 13

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John Stockdale, 1787

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Page 425 - For though it is undoubtedly false, that this tax will lessen the consumption of spirits, it is certainly true that it will produce a very large revenue, a revenue that will not fail but with the people from whose debaucheries it arises.
Page 427 - But the use of those things which are simply hurtful, hurtful in their own nature, and in every degree, is to be prohibited. None, my lords, ever heard in any nation of a tax upon theft or adultery, because a tax implies a license granted for the use of that which is taxed, to all who shall be willing to pay it.
Page 488 - ... spirituous manufacture, and urged him, with great earnestness, to quit a course of luxury, by which his health and his intellects would equally...
Page 492 - From the first instant that any of the enemies of the ministry shall grow clamorous and turbulent, a crafty hireling may lead him to the ministerial slaughterhouse...
Page 423 - ... be perceived before we know that we have made it. Their intent is, to give us a dram of policy, which is to be swallowed before it is tasted, and which, when once it is swallowed, will turn our heads.
Page 423 - ... drink spirits are drunk before they are well aware that they are drinking, the effects of this law shall be perceived before we know that we have made it.
Page 488 - Lords, is very reasonable, and therefore we ought to exert ourselves for the safety of the nation while the power is yet in our own hands, and, without regard to the opinion or proceedings of the other House, show that we are yet the chief guardians of the people. The ready compliance of the Commons with the measures proposed in this bill has been mentioned here, with...
Page 181 - ... read a firft time, and ordered to be read a fecond time, and to be printed.
Page 485 - ... this tax would make no addition to the price unless it was paid ; and that it would not be paid unless some were empowered to collect it. Here, my Lords, was the difficulty ; those who made the law were inclined to lay a tax from which themselves should be exempt, and therefore would not charge the...
Page 487 - ... omitted part of our duty, and have neglected the health and virtue of the people. I cannot, my lords, yet discover, why a reprieve is...

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