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Establishing a Revenue System
Petition from the Tradesmen and Manufacturers of Baltimore
Petition from the Tradesmen and Manufacturers of Baltimore, presented to the House of Representatives on April 11, 1789
(Courtesy of the National Archives)


Part 2
Part 2

Individuals engaged in manufacturing, especially those in the major ports of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Charleston, sought duties high enough to discourage the importation of foreign goods that might compete with those made in America. This petition illustrates the pressure put on the Congress to pass a protectionist impost act and enumerates American manufactures to be encouraged through high duties on imports.

Full text transcript of the petition.

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