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    Benjamin Tallmadge Autograph Letter Signed. Four pages of a bifolium, 8" x 9.75", Washington; February 29, 1812. Addressed to a Mr. W. Henry. Tallmadge, who was serving in the House of Representatives, writes to Henry about the passage of certain bills that related to funding for the War of 1812. It reads in part: "...When the Question came before the House they fared very differently, all that part of the Report which related to Import, Tonnage & Drawbacks was carried by heavy majorities. As soon as we came to the internal taxes Excise &c, it was manifest that the Patriotism which they (the Democrats) had boasted of so much, was measured very much by self Interest, popularity & such sort of principles. The Debate being confined solely to the exclusive Republicans, they began to incriminate one another with want of true patriotism, & strong Intimations were given that so long as the burden could be laid on Commerce, they were willing to Support the war with great Zeal; but as soon as Salt was offer as a fit subject for Taxation, & other matters of domestic manufactures for Excise...the war fevers subsided. Such remarks from their own friends, were very grievous to be borne..." Signed, "Benjn. Tallmadge." Letter has been affixed along the left margin to a mounting paper which measures 8" x 10.25".

    Condition: Light toning, especially along bottom and right margins. 2" closed tear along bottom margin that does not affect the text. Mounting paper has uneven edges.


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