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AND INTRODUCTORY REMARKS.
from Baltimore, who, being of the same party as Mr.
Webster, took a precisely similar view of the subject.
A very worthy old gentleman, Mr. Kennedy's fatherin-law,
himself a large manufacturer, happening to
be present, put an end to the argument by frankly
declaring, that, if the English corn-laws were abolished,
he must close his manufactories; adding, however,
that the short-sighted obstinacy of British landlords
left him no great apprehension of such a result.
It is possible that the Northern interests are apprehensive
that the Southern and South-western
States will not assent to such a renewal of the Tariff
as would satisfy their selfish views. Failing the
attainment of their object in this way, there remains
but one other mode of securing it, namely, by war.
The United States, rich in unsettled boundary questions
(having one with Russia * and another with
Texas, besides those of Maine and the Oregon territory,
in which England is concerned), cannot be at
a loss for pretexts for quarrel. The only difficulty
would be to obtain the concurrence of the wholly
agricultural sections of the Union in a line of policy
all the evils arising from which would fall upon them,
while all the benefits would flow to the North. But
this difficulty may, perhaps, be obviated by British
* The La Bodega dispute-strictly speaking, a question of intrusive
settlement by Russia in California.
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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/m1/27/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .