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W. Whitehall Davies (Broughton) to the Rev Hope Wynne Eyton (Leeswood, Mold): he disapproved of the agricultural petition; Pennant and Sir R Puleston were equally averse to it; a public meeting could effect nothing to alleviate distress but would probably convert alarm into panic; the govennment's offer to advance farmers 2/3rds the value of their corn was only accomplishing what dealers could do if confidence were restored; the agricultural distress was being seized upon by anarchists; he expected to hear the 'contentious disciples of Paine, Cobbett and Carlisle start up with their pernicious doctrines' he was not quite at ease with regard to the military governor of the county, it would be desirable to regulate the rates of carriage through the county; revision of various officers' fees had been mentioned.

(NLW 1773).


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