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Tariff Proceedings and Documents 1839-1857 Accompanied by Messages of the President, Treasury Reports, and Bills Volume 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. 1911 Excerpt: ...Mr. Berrien and concurred in by the entire State-rights party. The address reads: It is said that a dependence upon other nations for those manufactures which are essential to our wants is inconsistent with our character as a nation, and in this view that the tariff is essential to national independence. To us the term seems to be strangely misapplied. It is agreed that a system of free trade among all the nations of the world, by securing the application of the highest energies of each to those objects which it was best qualified to produce, would enlarge the amount of production and increase the sum of human comfort. But such a state of things would, according to the argument which is urged, be a state of universal dependence, and precisely the same consequence would follow in relation to the commercial intercourse of any given nation with the other nations of the world, to the extent of that intercourse, whether a system of free trade or of partial restrictions should prevail. That intercourse consists in the mutual interchange of commodities, and it is impossible to conceive the idea of a dependence on the one side without recognizing the fact of a corresponding dependence on the other. But such a state of mutual dependence is a source of gratulation rather than of regret, since it gives to each nation an increased facility for the development of its highest energies, enlarges the sum of its enjoyments, and affords the surest guaranty for the peace and harmony of the world. The Senator Mr. Berrien once seemed to comprehend the necessity of mutual intercourse with other nations, and did not shudder at the prospect of being dependent upon European workshops. Sir, I was peculiarly attracted by his remarks on yesterday, in attaching his individual interest ... Hide synopsis

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