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492.: ricardo to trower2 - David Ricardo, The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, Vol. 9 Letters 1821-1823 
The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, ed. Piero Sraffa with the Collaboration of M.H. Dobb (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2005). Vol. 9 Letters 1821-1823.
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ricardo to trower2
London 25 March 1822
My Dear Trower
I should very much like to accept your kind invitation to pass a few days with you during the short vacation of Parliament, but it will not be in my power. I have various engagements which I am bound to fulfil, and which will render my absence from London very inconvenient. I very much regret being obliged to deny myself the pleasure which a visit to you would have given me.
I saw Mr. Mill yesterday and gave him your message. He requested me to say to you that his occupations at the India House will prevent him from being absent during the holidays. It is the period at which the election for Directors takes place, when there are frequent Court days which he is expected to attend. He desired to be kindly remembered to you.
I should be neglecting my duty if with my opinions of the Sinking Fund I did not do every thing in my power to get rid of it. Of what use can it be to diminish the debt in time of peace, if you leave in the hands of ministers a fund which experience shews will be used only for the purpose of ultimately further increasing the debt? While ministers have this fund virtually at their disposal they will on the slightest occasion be disposed for war. To keep them peaceable you must keep them poor.
The answer to every proposal for the adoption of good measures in the Agricultural Committee, is that the Agriculture of the country is in a state of unparalled distress, and that the Committee was appointed for the purpose of affording it relief. I had no idea of being able to do any good now, in the way of making better laws, but I hoped to lay the foundation of a better system in future. In that hope I shall probably be disappointed, for the regulations which you mention as too restrictive are protested against most vehemently by the country gentlemen, who form themselves into a compact body determined to yield no point which has the least semblance to diminished protection. We meet to day to hear the Report read, which was to be prepared by our chairman.1
I was obliged to withdraw my motion for the return of Corn sold in Mark Lane, because I was waited on by the officer to whom the order was directed to say that he had no means of complying with it. I then moved for a return of the corn imported into the Port of London, which has not yet been laid on the table of the House—I will send it to you when it is printed.1 The return which the officer told me could not be prepared has however been laid before [the]2 Committee,3 and if I can get a copy I will send it to you.
I know of no Poor Rate returns made to the House this Session,4 neither have I seen Mr. Chetwynd’s Vagrant Bill.5 I will enquire for them at the Vote Office this day, and if you do not receive them by the Post, you may conclude that they are not yet in the hands of members.
Mrs. Ricardo unites with me in kind remembrances to Mrs. Trower.
Ever Truly Yrs
Mr. Chetwynd’s bill has been this moment left at my house—I send it by this day’s post.
[2 ]Addressed: ‘Hutches Trower Esq/Unsted Wood / Godalming’.
[1 ]Lord Londonderry.
[1 ]‘Return of the Monthly Arrivals of Corn, (distinguishing British from foreign,) into the Port of London, for the years 1819, 1820, and 1821’, ordered to be printed 17 April 1822. (Parliamentary Papers, 1822, vol. xxi(n. 203).)
[2 ]Covered by seal.
[3 ]The return is referred to in the Report of the Agricultural Committee of 1822 (which is dated 1 April) but is not given in full. There was published later, on the motion of Ricardo (see Courier, 2 May 1822), a somewhat different return under the title ‘A Return of the Quantity of British Wheat, Barley and Oats, actually sold in Mark Lane for the last Ten Years.’ (Parliamentary Papers, 1822, vol. xxi (n. 297).) This return is dated 6 May 1822 and signed by Geo. Levick, Inspector of Corn Returns. Cp. Protection to Agriculture, Appendix B, above, IV, 270–71.
[4 ]See below, p. 201.
[5 ]Presented in the House of Commons on 20 March 1822.