The picturesque hills of New England
were dotted with costly mansions, erected with money, of which the Southern
planters had been despoiled, by means of the tariffs of which Mr. Benton
Her harbors frowned with fortifications, constructed by the same means.
Every cove and inlet had its lighthouse, for the benefit of New England
shipping, three fourths of the expense of erecting which had been paid by the South
, and even the cod, and mackerel fisheries of New England
, on the bald pretext, that they were nurseries for manning the navy.
The South resisted this wholesale robbery, to the best of her ability.
Some few of the more generous of the Northern
representatives in Congress came to her aid, but still she was overborne; and the curious reader, who will take the pains to consult the ‘Statutes at Large,’ of the American Congress, will find on an average, a tariff for every five years recorded on their pages; the cormorants increasing in rapacity, the more they devoured.
No wonder that Mr. Lincoln
when asked, ‘why not let the South
replied, ‘Let the South
where then shall we get our revenue
This system of spoliation was commenced in 1816.
The doctrine of protection was not, at first, boldly avowed.
A heavy debt had been contracted during the war of 1812, with Great Britain
, just then terminated.
It became necessary to raise revenue to pay this debt, as well as to defray the current expenses of the government, and for these laudable purposes, the tariff of 1816 was enacted.
had not yet become the overshadowing power, which it has become in our day. It was comparatively modest, and only asked, that, in adjusting the duties under the tariff, such incidental
protection, as might not be inconsistent with the main object of the bill, to wit, the raising of revenue, should be given to Northern manufactures.
It was claimed that these manufactures had sprung up, sua sponte
, during the war, and had materially aided the country in prosecuting the war, and that they would languish, and die, unless protected, in this incidental manner.
This seemed but just and reasonable, and some of the ablest of our Southern men gave their assent to the proposition; among others, Mr. Calhoun
of South Carolina
, and Mr. Clay