. For the background to the twenty propositions approved by the British Parliament on
25 July for presentation to the Irish Parliament, see AA
to Cotton Tufts, [26 April]
, note 10
, above. The fourth proposition provided: “That it is highly important to the general
interests of the British empire, that the laws for regulating trade and navigation
should be the same in Great Britain and Ireland; and therefore that it is essential,
towards carrying into effect the present settlement, that all laws which have been
made, or shall be made, in Great Britain, for securing exclusive privileges to the
ships and mariners of Great Britain, Ireland, and the British colonies and plantations,
and for regulating and restraining the trade of the British colonies and plantations
(such laws imposing the same restraints, and conferring the same benefits, on the
subjects of both kingdoms), should be in force in Ireland, by laws to be passed in
the parliament of that kingdom, for the same time, and in the same manner, as in Great
Britain” (Parliamentary Hist.
, 25:935). The full text of the proposals is in the same, cols. 934–942. In mid-August,
the twenty propositions met such an angry reception in the Irish House of Commons
that the British administration in Dublin tabled the matter, and it quietly died.
Vincent T. Harlow, The Founding of the Second British Empire
, London, 1952, vol. 1, ch. 11.