117 x 68 mm, written in brown ink, with two postal stamps dated 23 and 24 July 1820.
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Manuscript address panel to ‘Mr. Mitchell Vote Office House of Commons’ signed ‘David Ricardo’.
The present address panel undoubtedly stems from a request for documents by Ricardo mentioned in a letter to John Ramsay McCulloch, of 2 August 1820, in which Ricardo writes as follows: ‘I have been for sometime in this place [Brighton] enjoying the sea breezes ... The papers which I moved for respecting the duties on French and other wines I have directed to be sent to you. There is another set not yet printed which will continue the information till July last, they shall be sent to you also. I moved for them at the request of a committee of the trade, who expected that they would convey information on which they might found a petition which they would have requested me to present, but I understand that the facts which these papers disclose are not exactly as they expected, and therefore they have abandoned their intention of presenting a petition. I believe that they contain the information you wish to have. I hope you will find them useful. When I wrote to the vote office to request Mr. Mitchell to send the papers to you I mentioned the petition to which you refer presented by Mr. Sharp and begged if they had it to forward it to you. I fear it is of too old a date to be in the vote office’ (Sraffa, The works and correspondence of David Ricardo, vol. VIII, no. 375).
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