Dublin: Samuel Fairbrother, 1735.
Regarding an important controversy over taxation of landed Protestants of Ireland by the Clergy. Many were forced by economics to sell their lands and leave; the result of this “tythe” was threat of mass emigration to America by the remaining Protestants. A report from an ad hoc committee of the Irish House of Commons, called in 1735 to consider an important question on tax burden and emigration. Irish clergy had demanded an additional income from the imposition of a tax for "agistment" (pasturage of cattle) on Irish Protestant landowners. The committee decided, after reviewing the evidence presented in this report, that the tax would "impair the Protestant interest" by causing Protestants to emigrate to America, reducing the influence of the established church in Ireland. It resolved to find a "proper remedy", though it took no legal action until the Irish House of Commons was dissolved in 1800, when the parliament in London forced an abolition of the old tithes as a formality. 8 folded quarto leaves, in a folded drab portfolio.