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(1889) [MARC] Author: Mary Wollstonecraft With: Henry Morley
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Such are the tricks of trade. They threw stones at
Mr. Anker, the owner of it, as he rode out of town to
escape from their fury; they assembled about his
house, and the people demanded afterwards, with so
much impetuosity, the liberty of those who were taken
up in consequence of the tumult, that the Grand
Bailiff thought it prudent to release them without
further altercation.

You may think me too severe on commerce, but
from the manner it is at present carried on little can
be advanced in favour of a pursuit that wears out the
most sacred principles of humanity and rectitude.
What is speculation but a species of gambling, I might
have said fraud, in which address generally gains the
prize? I was led into these reflections when I heard
of some tricks practised by merchants, miscalled
reputable, and certainly men of property, during the preseut
war, in which common honesty was violated: damaged
goods and provision having been shipped for the
express purpose of falling into the hands of the
English, who had pledged themselves to reimburse
neutral nations for the cargoes they seized; cannon
also, sent back as unfit for service, have been shipped
as a good speculation, the captain receiving orders to
cruise about till he fell in with an English frigate.
Many individuals I believe have suffered by the seizures
of their vessels; still I am persuaded that the English
Government has been very much imposed upon in the
charges made by merchants who contrived to get their
ships taken. This censure is not confined to the Danes.

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