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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Collection of letters written by and to Daniel Webster
|Daniel Webster to James William Paige discussing politics and taxes
|11 May 1828
|Webster, Daniel (1782-1852)
|Paige, James William
|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.
|Politics Taxes or Taxation Industry Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Finance Economics Congress Law Global History and Civics Commerce Merchants and Trade Nullification
|Webster, Daniel (1782-1852) Paige, James William (fl. 1824-1852)
|Law; Government & Politics; Banking & Economics; Industry; Agriculture; Foreign Affairs
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|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.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859