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The North and the Union.

The Cincinnati Gazette having absurdly asserted that the North owes nothing to the Union, and pays three-quarters of the revenue, while the Cotton States draw most liberally upon it, the Enquirer, of that city, reminds it that the North is a greater gainer by the Union than the South, that the laws confining the coasting trade to national vessels — not allowing foreign vessels to participate in it — benefit the North mainly, the South having few vessels. The revenue laws to the extent that they protect American manufactures, benefit the North almost entirely, the South having but few manufactories. The South has paid hundreds of millions of dollars to protect Northern manufactures and Northern shipping.

The South pays two-thirds of the foreign exports. Her article of cotton alone pays twice as much of the balance against us in Europe, on account of our importations, as all the Northern exports. In view of these facts, how ridiculous to contend, as the Gazette does, that the South is of no benefit to the North! And how surprising that the North should be anxious to sustain, by force of arms, a Union from which she derives no benefits.

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