16 NOVEMBER 1844, Page 8

A meeting of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, very nume-

rously attended, was held on Thursday, to petition Government for re- peal of the duty on cotton-wool. A long memorial was agreed to. ft stated, that although the duty (5-16ths of a penny per pound) seemed small, it is really equal to 10 per cent on the prime cost of the material, and very injurious to the trade generally, to the manufacturers, and ter the working-people, whose employment and wages both suffer to some extent In supporting the memorial, Mr. R. Gardner declared that if Sir Robert said he must have the amount of revenue derived from this impost and others of the kind, he would reply, "Let us have the Property-tax doubled, so that you take off the burdens upon con- sumable articles.