. 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
to reconsider his plan. On 12 May, he submitted a heavily revised proposal to the
British House of Commons, and this was altered further before passage by both houses
of Parliament in July. But the entire proposal was rejected by the Irish Parliament
in August, and no further reforms were attempted for several years. AA2
, 4 July
, and note 31
, below; Vincent T. Harlow, The Founding of the Second British Empire
, London, 1952, vol. 1:558–616.
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