The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 16
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been, that its burthens have fallen unequally on different sections
of the country. This objection, however, in consequence of the
energetic endeavors of the, Treasury Department, I anm happy to
say, has in a great measure ceased to exist.136
In his inaugural address a few days before, Jones had favored
a tariff sufficient to provide with certainty for the current ex-
penses of the government, and for leaving a convenient amount
of surplus in the Treasury at all times to meet any unexpected
cmergency, with incidental protection and encouragement to our
agricultural and manufacturing interests.1"3
The Telegraph and Texas Register could not resist this oppor-
tunity for another long article on the tariff. It said that Jones
had expressed himself in favor of the tariff policy as it was in
the United States, and that his argument in favor of a tariff on
the ground of its incidental protection was a dangerous argument
to recommend a tariff in Texas. It said that if there was one
well founded argument against annexation it was the tariff policy
of the United States; that agricultural products could not in the
nature of things receive protection from a tariff; that a tariff on
manufactures was at the expense of agriculture.:38
The committee on finance made its report on January 8, 1845.
This committee consisted of three eastern members, George W.
Smyth of Jasper County, John S. Ford of San Augustine County,
and S. B. Jones of Bowie County; and three western members,
John Dunn of Refugio. County, William F. Sadler of Houston
County, and S. L. Jones of San Patricio County. A consider-
able change in opinion is indicated by a unanimous report against
any change in the tariff at that time. They said that it was not
likely that imports would increase during the ensuing year, hence
it was necessary to keep the tariff at its existing rates in order
to support the government.39 The House refused to, accept this
report, however, and on the 31st passed a bill to reduce the tariff
to a level of 10 per cent ad valorem on all articles except wines
and other spirits. The vote on the passage of this bill was 28
13Ibid., 68, 69. Jones was not warranted in saying that the objection
on account of unequal enforcement had ceased to exist. There was never
a serious effort to enforce collection in the East.
'Telegraph and Texas Register, December 18, 1844.
"'Ninth Congress, House Journal, 170.
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