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Character of Mr. Ellis's Octavo Edition of the Laws of
[Extract from the Public Ledger, 30th October, 1823.].
"We have just seen a publication by Mr. Ellis, of the London Custom House, on the Laws, Duties, Drawbacks, and Bounties of the Customs and Excise for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and the British Possessions abroad, brought up to the 10th October, 1823,' and as it is, in our estimation, a work of national utility, executed in a manner highly creditable to the practical knowledge and talent of its author, we think, by lending our aid to afford it publicity, we shall be doing a real service to the mercantile interest of the country.
"That the mass of valuable information which he has brought forward, arranged, and judiciously condensed, must have occupied very considerable time, and have been attended with infinite labour, no one who looks into the work can doubt; nor are there any, we should imagine, who will have the temerity to deny its practical utility to the merchant, the officer of revenue, the ship-owner, or the general trader."
[Extract from the Literary Museum, 8th Nov. 1823.]
"We hail the appearance of this publication as one of national utility, and from which all those who are connected with the mercantile interests of Great Britain cannot fail to derive considerable advantage.
"If, however, we may be supposed capable of forming a correct judgment of the success that is likely to attend Mr. Ellis's publication, we should unhesitatingly say, that the patronage of the numerous and enlightened class for whose assistance it is designed, will eventually prove to him that his labour has been well applied, and his time profitably spent."
FIRST EDITION OF THIS WORK.
NEARLY Six Years have passed since the Compiler's First Edition of the "Laws of the Customs" appeared before the Public;-the favourable reception that work, as well as the Second Edition, published in 1826, (and which is now extant) received, induces him to think, that this epitome of the most important part of our Commercial laws will be equally acceptable; and that it will not fail to receive, both at home and abroad, its full share of patronage.
The great inducement to the Compiler to publish a Manual of the Duties and Restrictions on Goods imported into the United Kingdom, and the places mentioned in the Title, is a want that is experienced by the Officer, and the Merchant (Native as well as Foreign), of so much of the Laws relating to the Customs, (in a portable form,) as will be found to be contained in this Edition;-at the same time the Author is aware, that to the Noblemen and Gentlemen, and the Public at large who are in the habit of travelling abroad, this Publication will be a desirable acquisition; it will not only inform them what Articles of Foreign Production they may or may not bring with them on their return to their native country, but also of the Duty which they will be called upon to pay thereon, on their arrival ;-this information will be equally valuable to Foreigners visiting Great Britain and Ireland, as well as to those persons who may have commercial dealings with our Colonial Possessions :-to the Member of Parliament also, when called upon to legislate on any subject connected with the Commerce and Navigation of the Country, it will be found a useful Remembrancer.
The Work will also be valuable as a Book of Reference from year to year, as it will shew periodically the increase or diminution of the Duties on the Imports and Exports of the Country, and consequently facilitate the adjustment of outstanding or disputed Accounts; in fact the numerous alterations which every Session of Parliament fails not to make in the Laws relating to the Commerce and Naviga. tion of the Country, renders it imperative that the various Acts of Parliament connected with these subjects, should, at the close of each Session, as now proposed, be incorporated with the former Laws and Duties, so as to render to the Merchant and the Officer, that facility of reference which in business is so truly desirable;—in addition to this, the trouble of watching for and noticing the various alterations, whether emanating from the Legislature,-the Government,-or the Local Authorities, will be cheaply avoided, and the certainty of being correct cheaply purchased, at the annual expense of a few shillings.
The Publication of such a Work, at a moderate price, and from a source on which reliance could be placed, has been loudly called for; and in adding this to his former efforts to serve the Mercantile Public, and assist his brother Officers, the Author feels perfectly confident (from his own experience), that their liberality will always keep pace with his endeavours to merit it;-to which end his former, as well as his present and future exertions have been, and will continue to be directed.
Long Room, Custom House,
25th July, 1829.
INTRODUCTION TO THE PRESENT EDITION.
AFTER having been nine years before the public in an editorial capacity, we think it high time that we begin to assume some of the importance attached to the situation, and adopt the plan of our contemporaries, by speaking of ourselves in the plural number.
We shall, therefore, commence our first essay by stating, that we think it will be a gratifying announcement to our patrons (and we deem all such to be our sincere friends and well-wishers), that our "BRITISH TARIFF" still continues to maintain the pre-eminence which they were pleased to say distinguished it at its commencement; and that it has now become a book of standard reference, not only in the counting-house of every British merchant, but in that of every foreign merchant at the principal commercial towns in Europe, Asia, África, and America.
The verbal, as well as written testimonials which are daily flowing in, unsolicited and unsought after by us, and from gentlemen who have the best means of forming, not only a comparative, but a practical judgment of its merits, are to us far beyond the pounds, shillings, and pence, which are, in nine cases out of every ten, an author's principal inducement to exertion.
Willing to keep pace with, and to show our gratitude for the many favours conferred upon us, we have added to our compendium of the colonial trade, the treaties which govern the intercourse of foreign States with the British possessions abroad; as also the conventions of commerce and navigation which regulate the trade of such States with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland ;-and as articles, the produce of, or which are manufactured from materials the growth or produce of the Islands of Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark, and Man, are, on importation into the United Kingdom, from those Islands respectively, exempt from the duties levied on Goods imported from parts beyond the seas; yet as such Goods may, nevertheless, be charged with any proportion of such duties as shall fairly countervail any duties of Excise payable on the like Goods, the produce of the part of the United Kingdom into which they shall be imported; we have in this Edition annexed a list of articles which are liable to the payment of an Excise duty, as also the amount of such duty, as a guide to the importers of Goods, the produce or manufacture of those 1slands respectively. Some additional information relating to shipping has also been added;-the index of reference materially augmented; and on a review of the work we are led to hope, that this Edition will not fail to bring us an increase of patronage.
Custom House, London;
11th Sept., 1832.
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