The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917

THE
SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL
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VOL. XX APRIL, 1917 No. 4
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THE TARIFF HISTORY OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS*
ASA KYRUS CHRISTIAN
CHAPTER I
EARLY TARIFF MEASURES
A government which has recently established its independence
is expected to move with uncertain and vacillating steps in set-
ting up, institutions; and the establishment of a financial sys-
tem is the most difficult task that confronts it, since inexperi-
enced men must in the nature of things be in control, and many
different interests must be placated. It is not strange, then, that
throughout the period of the Republic many of the laws of Texas,
particularly those relating to finance, partook of the nature of
experiment, and were frequently changed to meet changing con-
ditions. Thus, there were no less than seven laws passed be-
tween 1835 and 1842, establishing custom duties, altering rates
already established, regulating the methods of collection, and pre-
*This paper has been accepted in partial fulfillment of the requirements
for the M. A. degree at the University of Texas.
Since preparing the most of the paper I have read A Financial History
of Texas, by Professor E. T. Miller of the University of Texas. This book
contains an excellent summary of the tariff system of the Republic of
Texas. I have made free use of the footnotes in gathering additional ma-
terial, particularly on the relation of the tariff to other fiscal policies. I
desire also to express by indebtedness to. Mr. E. W. Winkler, Reference
Librarian in the University of Texas, for many helpful suggestions; to
Mr. Sinclair Moreland, Archivist in the Texas State Library; and to Pro-
fessor Eugene C. Barker for helpful suggestions and criticisms, and for the
inspiration of his teaching.

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