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Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1829, Sunday, April 17, 1831.

An address has been in circulation among persons engaged in the woollen trade, calling upon them to stand forward in opposition to the measure now before the Legislature for equalising the duties on French and Portugal wines, as such measure, if carried, it is feared will tend to curtail, if not eventually endanger, the trade in woollens carried on by this country with Portugal, which according to the Methuen Treaty, are admitted into Portugal on favourable terms, on the condition that England took her wines at a duty of one-third less than those of France. A similar proposition, the address states, to equalize the duties, was made in the year 1713, when the clothiers in all parts of the empire petitioned against it, and the ministers of the day abandoned the project. Portugal, according to the treaty referred to, being at liberty to prohibit the import of British woollen manufactures into that kingdom, if any deduction should be made in the duty on French wines imported into England. The address has been read with much attention by parties engaged in the woollen trade.

In Wool there is not much doing, owing to the short stock. Supplies are beginning to arrive from Germany and business is expected to Increase. For other principal articles of trade, the markets wear a cheering aspect.