The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 74
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graph was correct, and whether "there were" a discriminating
duty of 3-3-0 per Cwt on the Sugars of Cuba and Brazil, when
imported into the United Kingdom, and also what amount of
duty was at present paid on Colonial Sugars there introduced.-
The Communication referred to closed with these words:
"If the aforesaid discrimination really exist, the Sugars of
Texas being entitled by Treaty to equality in Great Britain with
those of the most favoured Nation, ought to become a profitable
product of this Country for the British Market.
Immediately on receipt of this Communication, I forwarded,
for the information of the Congressional Committee, copies of
a London daily Newspaper, containing ample reports of the Par-
liamentary debate on the Sugar Duties Bill, of last year. In a
letter of reply dated 25th January, I stated that I had "no
official knowledge of any steps taken by Her Majesty's Consul
at Charleston, in relation to the Law lately passed, regulating
the import of Sugars into the United Kingdom."-I then ad-
verted to the Act itself (7 and 8 Victoria, cap. 28) and pro-
ceed to copy, for the consideration of the Committee, those of
its provisions that were apposite to the Matters of inquiry, in-
timating that I had but recently received my official copy of the
Act, which had, not been accompanied by any Instructions from
Her Majesty's Government.
From my knowledge of the Soil and Climate of Texas, and
the evidence afforded by specimens of Sugar grown in the Coun-
try, I feel fully warranted in expressing the opinion that Sugar, as
well as Cotton, will form an important article of export from
the Republic, when its political independence has ceased to be
a Matter of uncertainty,-provided a profitable Market can be
found.-I have reason to believe that the expectation of find-
ing such a Market in the United States has been one induce-
ment to the Texan planters to desire incorporation into the
Union. At present, they do not hope, under the burthen of a
discriminating duty, to compete advantageously with the Sugar-
growers of Louisiana, although they enjoy a superiority of cli-
mate, if not of Soil.-Persons of experience think that Sugar
as the surer crop, is destined to supersede Cotton on the rich
alluvion of the low lying lands of Middle Texas. It is antici-
pated that the capital requisite for its cultivation would soon be
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