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Collection Reference Number GLC01946.10
From Archive Folder Collection of letters written by and to Daniel Webster 
Title Daniel Webster to James William Paige discussing politics and taxes
Date 11 May 1828
Author Webster, Daniel (1782-1852)  
Recipient Paige, James William  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Informs his brother-in-law of a debate in the Senate regarding the 1828 Tariff Bill that proposed to tax certain raw and manufactured materials including molasses and hemp. States that due to disagreements with Southern Senators, several North Eastern Senators who would normally be opposed to the bill might go "against their first opinions" and support the bill, seeing "who can bear a molasses tax longest." Worries that the Bill will get lost, as only thirteen days remain in the session. Advises Paige to "calculate ... the Bill will pass." Marked private.
Subjects Politics  Taxes or Taxation  Industry  Agriculture and Animal Husbandry  Finance  Economics  Congress  Law  Global History and Civics  Commerce  Merchants and Trade  Nullification  
People Webster, Daniel (1782-1852)  Paige, James William (fl. 1824-1852)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme Law; Government & Politics; Banking & Economics; Industry; Agriculture; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Serving as Senator (1827-1840), Webster supported the 13 May 1828 passage of the Tariff Bill. The Tariff of 1828 (dubbed the “Tariff of Abominations” by critics) was designed to protect domestic manufacturing by dramatically increasing the cost of imported goods. The high duties fell especially hard on the Southern economy, however, and led South Carolina senator John C. Calhoun to call for state nullification of the measure as unconstitutional. The controversy ultimately led to the 1832 nullification crisis. Webster voted for the Tariff Bill two days after writing this letter.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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