AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED FROM HARTWICK, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 17, 1819, TO LUCIUS F. THAYER, WESTFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, ASSERTING THE NECESSITY OF PROTECTIVE TARIFFS: "I CAME TO THIS PLACE ON THE 14TH OF SEP.... WAS HIGHLY PLEASED WITH THE COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY WITH ITS RAPID & DIGNIFIED IMPROVEMENTS - AM SORRY HOWEVER THAT THE INHABITANTS ARE SO MUCH EMBARRASSED THEREBY - THEY MADE THEIR CALCULATION UPON THE TIMES OF 1816 & 17, WHEN PRODUCE OF ALL KINDS BROUGHT AN EXTRAVAGANT PRICE & CASH TOO - UPON THE FALLACIOUS SYSTEM OF POLICY, THEY BUILT CASTLES, ELEGANTLY FURNISHING THEM, WITH EVERY EXTRAVAGANCE OF FANCIED NATURE - NOTHING THAT EYE COULD FORM, BUT WHAT THEY HAVE, THE FALICY OF THE NATIONAL POLICY, GIVING ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE IMPORTATION OF FOREIGN FALICIES, TO THE AUTHORIZING OF OUR NUMEROUS MANUFACTORIES CONSEQUENTLY DESTROYING A VAST CAPITAL, AND TURNING A MULTITUDE FROM EMPLOYMENT - WE AS A NATION, DID NOT CALCULATE THAT THE FOREIGN POWERS WOULD SO LONG BE AT PEACE, THEREBY, BE ENABLED TO BECOME PRODUCERS OF THE SOIL, HERETOFORE SO LONG CONSUMERS OF ITS PRODUCTIONS - NOW THEY NO LONGER WANT OUR PRODUCE, NEITHER HAVE THEY FOR THE THREE YEARS PAST, THO' THEY HAVE CONTINUALLY FORWARDED THEIR STUFFS TO US, FOR WHICH THEY HAVE COMPLETELY DRAINED THE UNITED STATES OF ITS CIRCULATING MEDIUM - THIS MY DEAR FRIEND IS THE CAUSE OF OUR UNIVERSAL PRESSURE AND UNPARALLELED SACRIFICE - UNTIL THE U.S. ALTERS THEIR SYSTEM OF POLICY BY PROHIBITING FOREIGN STUFFS, OR LAYING A DUTY EQUIVALENT TO A PROHIBITION, THEREBY PROTECTING OUR MANUFACTURERS, GIVING A SURE AND STEADY MARKET FOR OUR SURPLUS PRODUCE, SUPPORTING OUR OWN GOVERNMENT & FILLING ITS FAULTS. I SAY, AND ALSO COMMON SENSE, THAT SO LONG AS THIS U.S. DO NOT PUT THE ABOVE MENTIONED PROHIBITIONS INTO OPERATION, WE CANNOT BECOME DIGNIFIED - FREE, HAPPY AND INDEPENDENT PEOPLE... THE ENLIGHTENED PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY ARE COMPELLED TO ACT - THE NEXT CONGRESS WILL DO SOMETHING TO ALLEVIATE THE DISTRESS OF BUSINESS MEN... " .

Hartwick [New York]: 1819. Folio, 8" x 12". 4pp, folded, completely in ink manuscript. Old folds [a few splits along folds and a few tiny holes at fold corners, no text loss]. One small hole through third page of text from where wax seal was broken [partial loss of two words], wax seal remnant. Postmarked "Cooperstown, Nov. 20." Addressed on final page "Mr. Lucius F. Thayer, Westfield, Mass." Good+.

Elizur Fairman was born around 1797 in Newtown, Connecticut. Fairman ws Postmaster of Hartwick, and an incorporator of the Brownville Cotton Factory at Brownville, New York, in 1831. Lucius Fowler Thayer [1797-1843] was a wealthy farmer in Westfield, Massachusetts. Item #32189

Price: $85.00

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