Debates in Congress Volume 6, PT. 2

Debates in Congress Volume 6, PT. 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...as the price of his license to use a bushel of salt, may appear trifling and of little consequence togentlemen enjoying high salaries, or drawing ample wages in the service of the Government; but to the poor laborer, whose wages are less than fifty cents per day, this tax is onerous, and he feels and groans under the weight of it. I am not the friend of useless taxation, and so long as I enjoy a seat upon this floor, it shall not receive my support. These are my sentiments, and I should be a hypocrite if I concealed them. Popular or unpopular, they have their source in an honest conviction of their rectitude. Lei them put mc up, or put me down, I will abide by them. Mr. LEA said he did not rise to make a speech, but to ask for the reading of two letters, which he had in his hand, contained in a document reported to this House by the Secretary of the Treasury during the present session of Congress. These letters are from gentlemen of first respectability, one of them interested in the salt works referred to, and the other intimately acquainted with those concerns. They speak of the salt works on Holston river, in Virginia, and give us some facts worthy of our attention, when honorable gentlemen tell us here that the present duty of twenty cents a bushel on foreign salt is necessary to protect our domestic manufactures, and even argue gravely that salt is cheaper on account of the duty. We are told that some salt works will be destroyed if the duty should be repealed. And what of that? If they cannot make as cheap as others, let them go. Must the whole community bear a grievous tax, in order to keep up a few dull and unprofitable salt works, when there arc others in the country, that could make more than enough at halfthe amount of the present...show more

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  • Paperback | 822 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 41mm | 1,438g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236574303
  • 9781236574305