It is notoriously evident, that, in the agitation of every important question which has occupied the attention of the City
of Bristol during the last ten years, the Corporation and Citizens have been divided: which, it is presumed, can only be
accounted for, by the Members of the Common Council having
been influenced, if I may use the expression, by the CouncilHouse views of the subject.
The object of the Writer, therefore, in laying before the
Public the following pages, is to obviate, if possible, such
occurrences in future, by enabling the Members of the Common
Council to form a just notion of the question upon Local
Taxation in general; and thereby, to prevent a repetition of
such unpleasant differences, as have unfortunately existed,
between the Corporation and their Fellow-citizens for several
years past; as well as to put an end to the expenditure of large
sums of money, which he has no doubt might be far more
beneficially applied to public Improvements.