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Establishing a Revenue System
Letter of Rep. Ames of Massachusetts to Nathaniel Sargent
Rep. Fisher Ames of Massachusetts to Nathaniel Sargent, May 5, 1789
(Courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum)


Part 2
Part 2

In this letter Ames warns of the influence of those who support high duties in "defiance of consequences:"
Experience has clearly proved that high duties will be evaded. No people better understand smuggling than ours--and the govt. is not in a condition to enforce obnoxious laws agt. the interest of many, and the judgment of more--The people will pay much and the treasury receive little.

Full text transcript of the letter.

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