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Expences of collection, 6 per cent. on the above - - I 2,3 Io
The clergy receive only voluntary contributions: suppose them on an averge of a dollar a tythe on 200,000 25,000 tythes - - -
Contingencies, to make round numbers not far from truth 7,523#
- 2 SO,OOO Dollars, or 53,571 guineas. This estimate is exclusive of the ão, expence. That varies with the force ačtually employed, and in time of peace will probably be little or nothing. It is exclusive also of the public debts, which are growing while I am writing, and cannot therefore be. now fixed. So it is of the maintenance of the poor, which being merely a matter of charity, cannot be deemed expended in the administration of government. And if we strike out the 25,000 dollars for the services of the clergy, which neither makes part of that administration, more than what is paid to physicians or lawyers, and being voluntary, is either much or nothing as every one pleases, it leaves 225,000 dollars, equal to 48,208 guineas, the real cost of the apparatus of government with us. This divided among the actual inhabitants of our country, comes to about two-fifths of a dollar, 21.d. sterling, or 42 sols, the price which each pays annually for the protećtion of the residue of his property, that of his person, and the other advantages of a free government. The public re
venues of Great-Britain, divided in like manner on its inhabitants, would be
Edward Maria Wingfield, from May, 1607, to Sept. 1607.
John Ratcliffe, Sept. 1607, to July, 1608.
* See History of the United States, page 122. + Stith brings down the History of Pirginia no farther than this period. A lift of the governors since has not been received.
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