Josiah Pomeroy to MVB, 18 February 1828
February 18, 1828
I Must again Call your attention to the proposed alteration In the tariff so far as regards the Interest of the Wool grower & Manufacture of Wool the bill reported by the Committee to the House is very exceptionable as it does Not Protect the Manufacture of the Coarse qualities of Cloths when We take into Consideration that the duty on Wool amot. to a prohibition Which
Duty the American Manufacturer Must pay We Now believe the English <Raise> their Wool free of duty Which Will give them an advantage of 18¢ a yd on the 1st quality of Cloth in our Market as Specified in the 1st article of the bill 2 quality do. 18¢ in our favor Which so far balance the amount & Consequently Would place us in a worse Condition than the present tariff the remaining sections of the bill are Not Liable to Many Objections the <increase> of duty however is Not Necessary it is amply sufficient for the Manufacturing interest of this Country provided it is properly sound. Which Can be effected by placing the payment of the duty upon the square yd & Not increase the duty to any Considerable extent Now Sir the seat Which you hold in Congress must Enable you to give a good < illegible> support to the bill or strong opposition but I believe you are friendly to a Well regulated tariff & your much Liberal in regard to the Interest of your Country which Most Certainly requires that the <illegible> practised upon our revenue by the foreigners particularly the English should be stopped & the American Manufacturer receive the Protection government intended to give them I have & do Now state & believe that the 33 1/2 per Cent properly secured ample protection the Manufacturers who I have Conversed With are of the same opinion I Would therefore advise that the duty on Wool be increased by an advalorem duty of 5 per Cent a year untill it should amot to 40 or 45 per Cent & Not as reported in the bill by adding 7 cts a <illegible> in addition to the advalorem duty It Would have a tendency & in fact destroy the hopes of the Wool grower after a short time as We do Not grow in this Country any Wool that is of the grade Calculated to be destroyed by the bill reported our Coarse Wools are used for <Listing> & <flannel> the quantity Now grown in this Country is Not Sufficient for the <bare> purpose of <listing> & I do Not believe We Can give the description of Wool for Making Low priced <illegible> & Negro Clothes at any date to advantage it Cannot therefore be a Wise policy to prohibit the quality of Wool which is imported from South America Smyrna &c
I am Sir respectfully your Obt Sert.