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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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particularly in that of distilled spirits, or
whether he had an eye only to his own
private emolument, certain it is, that His
Majesty issued an edict for
discontinuing every distillery of spirituous liquors
throughout the kingdom. A second
ordinance was immediately proclaimed for
erecting distilleries of his own in every
province, and laying a severe penalty on
those who dared to manufacture their own
brandy. This expectation of increasing
wealth soon vanished and proved but an
additional calamity. Partly from his own
injudicious management, and partly from
the impositions of those he employed, he
soon found the ill effects of his schemes.
Doubtless, from such a precipitate
misconduct, it was natural to imagine, that many
and great dissensions would have arisen
among the people. Such discontents His
Majesty was aware of, and to appease them
ordered a reduction of the price from seven
shillings per gallon to three shillings and
sixpence. This still had not the desired
effect, but on the contrary proved the
consequence of more immediate ruin. This

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