The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 76
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cult for Her Majesty's Government to propose any discrimina-
tion in favour of the sugar produced in Texas, under it's present
circumstance.31 At the same time I would say, speaking with-
out authority and entirely as a, matter of private opinion that
it seemed to me that the rate of duty to be charged upon Texas
sugar (considered apart from the general bearing of any relaxa-
tion in that respect) was a matter of no consequence:
For I had a conviction that Texas grown Sugar could never
come into consumption in any large way in that Market, even
supposing for a moment that it was admitted at a mere nominal
higher rate than our own Colonial produce.
Mr Smith must be aware that it could never be laid down
in England at such a price as would enable it to compete with
the Sugar of Countries better suited to that kind of production
under any amount of differential duty that there was the least
reason to suppose could ever exist between the Sugar even of
our own Colonies, and of those Countries. I had had a long
experience in Sugar producing Countries in all parts of the
World, and it was plain to me that if there should ever be
any attempt to grow Sugar on an extensive scale in Texas, the
result would be disastrous to the parties concerned, and ex-
tremely unfortunate for the well understood interests of the Re-
He admitted that this might be the case, but still he had no
doubt that any evidence of the favourable disposition of Her
Majesty's Government in that particular would be attended with
excellent effects here at the present moment, and he sincerely
hoped that something would be done in that sense.
I said I certainly believed Your Lordship. would be well dis-
posed to recommend a general and liberal relaxation in favour
of the produce of Texas if the Legislature of this Republic; by
the modification of their own tariff would afford some proper
grounds for sustaining such a policy in Parliament. The fact
"8In the British free trade agitation of 1844-1845, there was much dis-
cussion of the duties discriminating in favor of colonial as against for-
eign sugars. The first break in the protective idea in relation to colonial
sugars, came in a proposal (1844) to give an advantage to foreign
sugars produced by countries not maintaining slavery. Elliot's answer to
Smith here indicates, therefore, the difficulty he sees in getting any ad-
vantages for Texas, a slave state.
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