. In Jan. 1785, at a time when Ireland was in great economic distress, the Pitt ministry
proposed a new Anglo-Irish commercial relationship. Resistance from merchants in northern
England, and amendments proposed by the Irish Parliament in February, forced Pitt
reconsider his plan. On 12 May, he submitted a heavily revised proposal to the British
of Commons, and this was altered further before passage by both houses of Parliament
But the entire proposal was rejected by the Irish Parliament in August, and no further
reforms were attempted for several years.
, 4 July
, and note 31
, below; Vincent T. Harlow, The Founding of the Second
, London, 1952, vol. 1:558–616.