of it would be an impediment to my design, which is that of
communicating truth and knowledge, beneficial to the public, and to all
ingenious traders, and which is calculated to raise their reputations
and usefulness, and likewise to promote art in the embellishments of
diamonds, and recover, if possible, the almost lost manufacture of
them to this kingdom, that has in time past been possessed of the
chief share thereof, and which has carried the improvement of it to the
greatest height of any part of the world, and is now as capable of
doing so as ever, if permitted ; which I hope to see brought about.
loss of this valuable manufacture, and of the trade resulting
therefrom, has been wholly owing to a delusive manner of working them
abroad, which enables foreigners to sell diamonds cheaper by weight
than it is possible to afford well-wrought ones for. By this means they
are become possessed of almost the whole of this manufacture and trade.
And this practice has been much countenanced by some traders in London, who have sold for some years past § or more of