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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Collection of letters written by and to Daniel Webster
|Letter to Daniel Webster warning of an upcoming crisis in the US government
|10 January 1848
|An unknown author informs Webster that the "Government and Country are approaching a crisis." Reports that the United States will face great financial difficulty by the end of 1848. Complains of the financial strain placed on the United States caused by the Mexican War (1846-1848) and the Revenue Tariff of 1845. States that the market of the United States is deprived of food and predicts closures in French ports and changes in the British economic market. Complains about Secretary of the Treasury Robert J. Walker's Tariff of 1846 which moderately lowered many rates, but which many Northerners felt hurt Union manufacturing. Appeals to Webster to "uphold the great principles ... established by the adoption of the Constitution." Letter is marked as a copy.
|Mexican War Finance Economics Taxes or Taxation Military History Global History and Civics Commerce Merchants and Trade Diet and Nutrition France Industry US Constitution Congress Law Government and Civics
|Webster, Daniel (1782-1852)
|Government & Politics; Banking & Economics; The Mexican War; Foreign Affairs; Merchants & Commerce
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859