Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 26 of 432
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the influence exercised by the American Abolitionists
has the effect of sowing dissensions between
England and the slave-holding States, and thus preventing
their approximation on principles of free
trade. The more insecure the social position of the
Southern States, the more are they at the mercy of
the Northern and Middle, for the aggrandisement
of whose merchants, manufacturers, and ship-owners,
they are oppressively taxed, to the injury of ours.
The present United States' Tariff will expire in
1842, and the principles on which it is to be renewed
form a question of primary importance to the
several sections of the Union. Mr. Van Buren's
administration was favourable to Southern views of
trade. General Harrison's cannot be considered so,
with Mr. Webster, as the principal officer of the
Cabinet. I was much struck when I heard from
Mr. Webster, at Washington, a decided opinion in
favour of the maintenance of our corn-laws, the retention
of which he pronounced to be wisdom. The
enunciation of this opinion by an able and enlightened
statesman set me thinking, and then it occurred
to me that the very same principle was involved in
the " protection" of New England manufacturers as
of British landholders. I afterwards discussed the
question with Mr. Kennedy, a member of Congress,
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/26/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .