Working of the Morrill tariff bill on Virginia.
correspondent of the Richmond Examiner
says that the iniquitous ex-actions of this bill, were ably exposed in the speech of Senator Hunter
; but unfortunately that speech has not been printed or circulated.
It is sufficient to state here that the taxes upon every article of consumption used by the farming and laboring classes of Virginia
Every blanket, hoe, spade, plow, chain, bolt, screw, carpet, the implements of trade and industiy for the poor — in short, every article of general consumption are made to feel this grinding and crushing weight of taxation.
This bill of abominations, of robbery and spoliation of the consuming classes to swell the profits of the insolent and thankless North, goes in to operation the first of April next.
Almost simultaneously the Southern Confederate States
have greatly reduced the taxes which were levied under the bill of 1857, so that their rates are hardly more than a fourth of the Morrill bill.
On the one side, we have a manufacturers' tariff, grinding duties, spoliation of the consumers and producers, robbery of the poor for the benefit of the rich Yankee monopolist, and a corrupt, profligate, tyrannical, Abolition Government, elected on a principle of hostility to the South, by a solid, sectional vote of the North.
On the other, a Government which protects property of every description, free from agitation, moderate in its taxation, up-right, economical and conservative — in fine, a Government which justly embodies the healthy sentiment of the South
, chosen by the South
to rule over the South
The choice lies between a Northern Abolition Confederacy and a Southern Confederacy.
hesitate between the two?