Sunday, October 31, 2010

Part 1: Query 152

Whether it can be hoped that private persons will not indulge this folly, unless restrained by the public?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Part 1: Query 151

Whether nine-tenths of our foreign trade be not carried on singly to support the article of vanity?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Part 1: Query 150

Whether an Irish lady, set out with French silks and Flanders lace, may not be said to consume more beef and butter than a hundred of our labouring peasants?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Part 1: Query 149

Whether a foreigner could imagine that one half of the people were starving, in a country which sent out such plenty of provisions?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Part 1: Query 148

Whether it be not certain that from the single town of Cork were exported, in one year, no less than one hundred and seven thousand one hundred and sixty-one barrels of beef; seven thousand three hundred and seventy-nine barrels of pork; thirteen thousand four hundred and sixty-one casks, and eighty-five thousand seven hundred and twenty-seven firkins of butter? And what hands were employed in this manufacture?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Part 1: Query 147

Whether a woman of fashion ought not to be declared a public enemy?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Part 1: Query 146

Whether we are not undone by fashions made for other people? And whether it be not madness in a poor nation to imitate a rich one?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Part 1: Query 145

Whether it be true that we import corn to the value of two hundred thousand pounds in some years?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Part 1: Query 144

Whether there be any other nation possess'd of so much good land, and so many able hands to work it, which yet is beholden for bread to foreign countries?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Part 1: Query 143

Whether it be not vain to think of persuading other people to see their interest, while we continue blind to our own?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Part 1: Query 142

Be the restraining our trade well or ill advised in our neighbours, with respect to their own interest, yet whether it be not plainly ours to accommodate ourselves to it?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Part 1: Query 141

What should hinder us from exerting ourselves, using our hands and brains, doing something or other, man, woman, and child, like the other inhabitants of God's earth?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Part 1: Query 140

Whether, if there was a wall of brass a thousand cubits high round this kingdom, our natives might not nevertheless live cleanly and comfortably, till the land, and reap the fruits of it?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Part 1: Query 139

Whether, nevertheless, there is any other people whose wants may be more easily supplied from home?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Part 1: Query 138

Whether there be upon earth any Christian or civilized people so beggarly, wretched, and destitute as the common Irish?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Part 1: Query 137

Whether in all public institutions there should not be an end proposed, which is to be the rule and limit of the means? Whether this end should not be the well-being of the whole? And whether, in order to this, the first step should not be to clothe and feed our people?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Part 1: Query 136

Whether the number and welfare of the subjects be not the true strength of the crown?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Part 1: Query 135

Whether, nevertheless, it be a crime to inquire how far we may do without foreign trade, and what would follow on such a supposition?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Part 1: Query 134

Whether a general habit of living well would not produce numbers and industry and whether, considering the tendency of human kind, the consequence thereof would not be foreign trade and riches, how unnecessary soever [sic]?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Part 1: Query 133

Whether, upon the whole, a domestic trade may not suffice in such a country as Ireland, to nourish and clothe its inhabitants, and provide them with the reasonable conveniences and even comforts of life?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Part 1: Query 132

Whether they may not eat, drink, play, dress, visit, sleep in good beds, sit by good fires, build, plant, raise a name, make estates, and spend them?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Part 1: Query 131

Whether in such a state the inhabitants may not contrive to pass the twenty-four hours with tolerable ease and cheerfulness? And whether any people upon earth can do more?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Part 1: Query 130

Whether Ireland be not as well qualified for such a state as any nation under the sun?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Part 1: Query 129

Qu. Whether one may not be allowed to conceive and suppose a society or nation of human creatures, clad in woollen cloths and stuffs, eating good bread, beef and mutton, poultry and fish, in great plenty, drinking ale, mead, and cider, inhabiting decent houses built of brick and marble, taking their pleasure in fair parks and gardens, depending on no foreign imports either for food or raiment? And whether such people ought much to be pitied?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Part 1: Query 128

Whether the apology which is made for foreign luxury in England, to wit, that they could not carry on their trade without imports as well as exports, will hold in Ireland?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Part 1: Query 127

Whether an expense in gardens and plantations would not be an elegant distinction for the rich, a domestic magnificence employing many hands within, and drawing nothing from abroad?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Part 1: Query 126

Whether anything is a nobler ornament, in the eye of the world, than an Italian palace, that is, stone and mortar skilfully put together, and adorned with sculpture and painting; and whether this may not be compassed without foreign trade?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Part 1: Query 125

Whether larger houses, better built and furnished, a greater train of servants, the difference with regard to equipage and table between finer and coarser, more and less elegant, may not be sufficient to feed a reasonable share of vanity, or support all proper distinctions? And whether all these may not be procured by domestic industry out of the four elements, without ransacking the four quarters of the globe?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Part 1: Query 124

Whether plaster be not warmer, as well as more secure, than deal? And whether a modern fashionable house, lined with fir, daubed over with oil and paint, be not like a fire-ship, ready to be lighted up by all accidents?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Part 1: Query 123

Whether tiles and plaster may not supply the place of Norway fir for flooring and wainscot?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Part 1: Query 122

Whether we have not, or may not have, all the necessary materials for building at home?