MVB Senate remarks on the tariff, 9 May 1828
Friday, May 9, 1828.
Mr. Van Buren said it would be remembered that when the Senate adjourned yesterday, a motion of one of the Senators from Connecticut was under consideration, proposing to amend the Tariff bill by striking out the third section. That section provides additional protection for manufactured hemp, cotton bagging, unmanufactured flax, sail duck, molasses, and imported distilled spirits. The grounds upon which the motion was sustained applied with equal force to the increased duty upon iron and other articles, and would, if they prevailed, bring the bill back in substance to the “woolens bill” of the last session. He was induced therefore to regard the present motion as but preliminary to others of a similar character and looking to the same general result. Mr. Van Buren said he held in his hand two resolutions passed by the Legislature of New York, the introduction of which had been made pertinent by the pendency of the motion of the Senator from Connecticut. He would therefore ask to have them read and laid upon the table. It was not for him to speak of the weight the opinion they express ought to have upon others if even it were now in order to consider them. He would therefore content himself with saying that so far as an injurious operation upon the navigating interest of the country was apprehended from the part of the bill under consideration, the state he had the honor to represent would be subjected to that injury to at least as great an extent as any other. They had, however, counted the cost, and it would appear from the resolutions, expressed their readiness to encounter it for the general good. He would only add that the resolutions had been adopted by the legislature with unexampled unanimity. According to his best recollection they were passed by the Senate unanimously and by popular branch with the exception of a very few votes.