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EDITORIAL. . .
We publish, today, the report of the Secre tary of the Treasury, with the accompanying bill, on the subject of the tariff. The document was long since called for, and has been long expected, and will doubtless be read extensively, We have not time, at present, to give to the public our reflections on the project proposed by the Secretary, and must confine ourselves to a few remarks on its leading features. The header will see that, on many of the important articles,specific duties are still retained, so that it is difficult to say to what per cent. ad valorem, they would amount. On a slight exami mition, however, we would suppose the aver age duties on all the heavy protected articles, do not vary materially from the tariff of 1824. i. at least, considerably exceed those of 6. The minimum principle is yielded as to wool. lens, but retained as to certain descriptions of cotton goods. Cash duties are substituted for credit, a great and material change in pur sys. tem of imposts as established from the commencement of the Government, calculated to add very considerably to the nominal rate of duties as fixed in the proposed project, we would suppose not less than'six per cent. Another new principle is the tax upon auctions, of one and a half per cent. which must also be added to the nominal duties. This feature involves an important.principle, and to these we may add another feature involving princiPlo and consequences still more important. We mean the system of bounties to the *ipping interest, inserted under a pretence of drawback! These, with some change as to the *mount of valuation, constitute the peculiar features of the plan. The bill is to go into operation on the third of March, 1833, and is #. in its provisions, contemplating no urther reductions. 0ntesiewing its provisions, we conclude, on the whole, that the plan will not be unaccepta. * to the manufacturing interest. It makes * reductions, it is true, on the protected uticles, but it also contains new provisions, which cannot failto be highly acceptable to that interest, to which, if we add the almost entire ‘option from duties of the unprotected, and which acts as a bounty, to that extent, to the Pooled articles, the manufacturing interest Would be in a situation certainly not much less *itable than the present. We do not think * the project will be equally acceptable to the great opposing and tax-paying interest of
the country, judging from all the indications which we see in that quarter. Mr. Ritchie him. self, who certainly is much disposed to second the “Executive view,” as will be seen by an extract from the last Richmond Enquirer, considers twenty or twenty-five per cent. as the extreme rate of duty, and even that to be accom. panied with a provision for a gradual reduction of the duties down to the lowest revenue point. In this, we do not doubt, he speaks the language of the entire South. . As to the probable amount of revenue which the bill will give, it is difficult to speak with certainty. We would suppose, speaking conjecturally, that it cannot full short of sixteen or seventeen millions of dol. lars, the sum at which it is estimated under this project, and which, added to the public lands and bank dividends, would leave a permanent revenue of from eighteen to twenty millions of dollars, and leaving a surplus, at least, of seven millions—a sum sufficiently large, we fear, to divide, distract, and corrupt the whole country.
Mr. Ricthie says:
“The Executive report on the tariff is expected, we understand, in a few days. We trust that it will strongly recommend the propriety of ultimately cotting down the tariff to the necessary wants of the Government; repeal the tariff of ’28; reduce the duties on the 1st July to 20 or 25 per cent. as a beginning, and then go on gradually and certainly reduo. ing it lower and lower, until , we get down to the expenditure point; the elastic character of our enterprising countrymen accommodating it. self to this gradual but constant reduction. Upon these liberal principles the question may be settled—otherwise, ‘clouds and darkness lest upon it.” Rely on it, the northern manufacturers will rue their infatuation, if they do not yield this inuch to the just interests of the south. Suppose Congress to adjourn without doing some hing effectual.—South Carolina will nullify it almost en masse.—Not a man or musket from Virginia—not a man will dare to cross the Potomac. The south and southwest are deeply excited-Virginia may insist on a convention—and what then? The tariff stocks to the north will snap like pipe-stems.—Wesketch these things with a rapid pencil, but we fear they may be “the shadows of coming events” —unless the patriotism of the President and the wisdom of Congress should save us from them. There boathes not a man in the world who is more devoted to this Union than we are —we would cherish it in our hearts' core—we would save if we can-we would guard it against every possibility of shipwreck-every chance
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bery, even the Bank Report itself, to this great question? • Leather and prunella.’” Well, we have the Executixe report, and instead of a reduction of the duties on the 1st of July, it proposes a postponement until the 3d of March, 1833. Instead of coming to 20 or 25 per cent, now, and gradually and certainly reducing it lower and lower, until we get down to the expenditure point, we have a permanent system which, although it assumes from 20 to 30 per cent, on woollens by abolishing credit, and imposing a duty on auctions, fixes even these duties at a much higher rate, while for other articles the duties range much higher still. To this is to be added the minimums and bounties, and, as an accompanyment, a pension bill which, instead of reducing the revenue to the “expenditure point,” proposes to increase the expenditure on the revenue point, and yet, ‘Mr. Ritchie, (mark what we say,) who now says, that he is in favor of cutting down the ta. riff to the wants of the Government, will throw up his cap and huzza for the men who propose to purchase the acquiescence of the south by a reduction of the duty on negro cloth. We repeat, that, although this bill proposes the most unequal and oppressive taxes, that, although it is in direct violation of the principles which he himself has laid down, yet, will Mr. Ritchie use all his influence to laud its advocates, and to denounce its opponents. But we thank him for being thus explicit. We put his wishes on record, and we will mark the recreant traitor who, to use the eloquent language of Governor Miller, “with unequalled perfidy, recreant and traitor us, turned his fire upon his own people, and, as far as he could, spread de. solation in his own camp.”
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Governor Poindexter's letter to his constituents. The Globe charges Governor Poindexter with deserting the administration of Gen. Jackson, and thereby violating the known will of his consultuents, and his previous pledges to support it. Neither of these allegations can be sustained by evidence which would satisfy any unprejudiced mind; they are false in all their extent, mean. ing, and import. He has ever given, and will continue to give, the same support to the measures of this administration which he would give to those of any other administration,be the head of it his friend or his enemy. He claims only the humble pri ilege of thinking for himself, and acting inconformity with his own judgment, on every proposition involving the general welfare ci his country, and of resting his approval or disapprobation on the intelligent and enlightened patriotism of his constituents, and on the intrinsic merits of the measure itself, without reference to the quarter in which it originated. But the President does not pretend to complain of him on this score; the whole ou cry is limit. ed to nominations–nominations—nominations!! Do as you please with all great questions of national policy, which agitate the people of the Union, but, if you mean to remain in the Jack
son ranks, take care how you touch a nomination. We must be permitted to “reward friends and punish enemies” by a judicious dispensation of the loaves and fishes. This is the court language, and it runs throughout the article, dished up by Amos & Co., reviewink garbled extracts of the letter of the honorable Senator. He resis.ed the appointment of Hays, of Tennessee, to be surveyor of the public lands, and of Gwyn, from the Post Office Department, to be register of a land osfice in Mississippi; and though “last not least,” he caused the rejection of the President's pet, Martin Van Buren, to be minister at the court of St. James!! These are sins not to be for. given. We are gravely told that Hays was the nephew of Mrs. Jackson; that she had been consigned to the tomb, and that he was the only family connection for whom the “President sought to provide,” ergo, as he could be sent no where else with safety, Mr. Poindexter ought, as a real friend, to have received him with open arms, without regard to his qualifica. tions to superintend so important a branch of the public service, or to the honor and dignity of the State which he represented. The premises are too ridiculous for animadversion, and the conclusions are inconsistent with the obli. gations of public duty, and the fidelity of a Senator to the State which he represents; but the statement will serve to show the miserable subterfuges to which the President is compelled to resort to justify or excuse his hostility to a man having acknowledged claims onthat gratitude and respect. The declaration that this was the only “family connection for whom the President sought to provide,” is unfounded, In fact, General Coffee, of Alabama, and many others might be mentioned as “family connections for whom he has actually provided by the patronage of office. We advert to this merely to prove how totally regardless of verity are the pack of calumniators who speak in the name and by the authority of Gen. Jackson. But the Globe charges the Senator with insincerity, because he permitted this “family con|nection” to be sent to Mississippi as register of a land office. Can the President permit this allegation to be put forth without feeling some slight compunctions of conscience. He knows that this concession was made with the test motives and kindest feelings towards him. self personally, connected with a desire to procure the nomination of a competent person to the office of Surveyor General, to which Hays, an incompetent person, had been nominated. Does it become an honorable man to refer to an act done at his own instance and request, with a view to conciliation and harmony, as an evidence of duplicity on the part of him who made the concession! Surely it does not, and all will agree that the Chief Magistrste of a great and powerful nation ought to be an honorable man. It was hoped, and believed, at the time, that after the sense of the Senate was made known to the President, on the impropriety of
transferring citizens of one State to fill offices in
another State, he would forbear to abuse his
call witnesses to testify against himself. We can,
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In the Senate, yesterday Mr. SILssue asked and obtained leave of absence for his colleague, Mr. Wenston, for one week from Monday next. The resolution of Mr. FRELINhursery, respecting the purchase of Peale's portrait of General Washington, was, after *...*. amended so as to direct an inquiry into the expediency of the measure, adopted. The jount resolution of Mr. Poindexten, authorizing the President to employ a suitable artist to execute a full length statue of General Washington, was, after a short debate, read the second time and referred. Mr. Clar presented the petition of sundry citizens of Nelson county, Kentucky, praying that Congress, in the adjustment of the
tariff, will not impair the protecting system.
ty of taking up the revolutionary pensions bill,
Monpar, APRIL 30.
The Senate did not sit on Saturday.
In the House of Representatives, Mr. Donnmidge moved to suspend the rule for the purpose of offering a resolution for the appointment of a committee on the subject of changing the time of the next annual meeting of Congress, so that it shall meet at an earlier period. Mr. McCoy moved a call of the House, which was negatived. Mr. Tarlon called for the yeas and yeas, which being ordered and taken, the proposition was negatived, ayes 83, noes 51, it requiring two thirds to suspend a rule of the House. The trial of Mr. Houston was further postponed till Monday, in consequence of the continued indisposition of Mr. Ker, his counsel. Mr. DANIEL, by consent, presented several petitions on the subject
States. ... Mr. CARson, from the Committee, on
marks from Mr. Huasaub, urging the proprie
resolution to a select committee, which was
of the rechartering of the Bank of the United .
agreed to, ayes 61, noes 59. The committee was ordered to consist of five members. The resolution submitted by Mr. Psance on the subject of the imprisonment of Dr. Howe, by the Prussian authorities in Berlin, was agreed to. The resolution introduced by Mr. Wilde, on the subject of the currency, was then taken up, and modified by that gentleman. Mr. Invis opposed the inquiry as Altogether inexpedient, particularly as the great question of the bank, which is shortly to be considered, involves the subject of it. He asked for the ayes and noes on the question of its adoption. Mr. VenPLANck moved an amendment to the resolution making silver a legal tender and providing for the receiving of gold of a certain weight and fineness in payment. Mr. Adams said, that it was merely a resolution of inquiry, and a portion of it referred to subjects entirely distinct from those embraced in the bank question The subject of gold or silver being made a legallendet, was of great importance, and inasmuch as he thought it ought to be investigated, he should vote for the adoption of the resolution, The hour having expired, the rule of the House, devoting Saturday to private business, was suspended on the motion of Mr. Hub band. The Revolutionary Pensions Bill was the next business in order, Mr. McDuffix moved to by it on the table, and the motion was agreed to. Ayes, 80, noes 74. The Heuse then took up the General Appropriation Bill. The amend. ment making an appropriation of $3,500 for ex. to services in the surveyor's office in Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas, which was struck from to bill by the committee, being considered. Mr. Asauor, Mr. Wickliros, Mi. Sevign, Mr. Inwin, Mr. Duncas, Mr. Clar, and Mr. Hua****, opposed the report of the committee on **ubject, and urged the expediency of mak. "#"oppropriation in question. Upon a di. Winon, the House agreed with the report of the *ttee, Ayes 70, noes 51. At the sug&tion of Mr. McDuffix, all the amendments of the Senate to which the committee ha **d, were concurred in by the House. A Plate ensued on the vote of the committee, *greeing to the amendment of the S a te, striking out the appropriation of $9,000 for an "fit for olinister to France, and the question was ultimately decided in the affirmative, **ivision, ayes 102, noes 77. So the grant of $9,000, for in outfi for a minister to France,
**, reinstated in the bill. The House then, at halfpast five o'clock, adjourned.
Tuesnar, Mar 1.
In the Senate, yesterday, Mr. Smith, from the Committee on Finance, to which was resorted the resolution of the 30th March last, *ructing the committee to inquire into the opediency of abolishing the offices of 2d Au. ditor and 3d Comptroller, made a report the e o, which was read and ordered to be printed. The report is adverse to the objects of the reso. losion. The resolution submitted by Mr. King, directing an inquiry into the expediency of au.
of the 2 per cents, of the sales of public lands reserved for making roads in that State, was, after an amendment including the State of Mississippi, moved by Mr. Ellis, considered and agreed to. Mr. Ki Ng, from the Committee on Public Lands, made reports on several subjects that had been committed to that committee. On motion of Mr. Baows, 3,000 copies of the report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the subject of the tariff, together with the plan of a bill for the permanent regulation of the duties on imports, presented on Friday last, was ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate. The bill from the House making a donation of land to the Territory of Arkansas, to aid in the erection of a court-house and jail at Little Rock, the seat of government of that Territory, was read and ordered to a secend reading. At an early hour the Senate, on motion of Mr. SM1th, went into the consideration of Executive business, and continued sitting with closed doors until its adjournment. In the House of Representatives, petitions and memorials were presented by Messrs. Janvis and Evans, of Maine; Ingrasoll, of Conn.; BAmstow, of New York; DENNr, Dew ART, Honx, and MANN, of Pennsylvania; JEN1 rea, of Maryland; BAR born, of Virginia; RENcheh, of N. C.; Lecomprk and Lyon, of Kentucky, InviN, of Ohio; Mahdis, of Alabama; Seviga, of Arkansas. Mr. DoDDRInge moved a suspension of the rule, for the purpose of offering a resolution that the next meetipg of Congress should be on the first Monday in November next, instead of the first Monday in December, the period fixed by the Constitution. Mr. Wickliros said, it would be, perhaps, better to ascertain whether the present session would not continue until the opening, cf the next one, as appearances, at present, seemed to indicate. Mr. Dodd Rings expressed a hope that the gentleman was rather in jest than in earnest, in saying so. After which, at the call of Mr. Speight, the ayes and noes were taken on Mr. Dobual ng K’s proposition, when it was negatived-ayes, 74–noes, 66—a motion to suspend the rule requiring a vote of two-thirds. Resolutions were presented by Mr. JENI pen and Mr. White, of Florida, and referred to the appropriate committees. On motion of Mr. Hoax, modified at the suggestion of Mr. ADAMs, the memoral of the Philadelphia Free Trade Convention, together with the bill reported a from the Committee on Manufactures, was referred to a Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union. Mr. RENchen, from the Commit. tee on Claims, reported a bill for the relief of William Smith, which was read twice and com. initted. Mr. Hog AN, from the Committee on Claims, reported a bill for the relief of Richard Hardesty, which was read twice and commit. (ed. Mr. Buox noved to suspend he rule, in order to move for the printing of an additional number of copies of the report on the subject of the sale of the public lands, but the motion was negatived. The further proceedings in the
"fizing the payment,to the state of Aiabama,
case of the breach of privilege were suspended