That hideous Yankee tariff!

Posted on March 31, 2011 by


… and yet…

A Southern gentleman who resides in Augusta, Ga., writes thus:–“If the South were merely let alone for six months, we would probably try at the next general election to get back. The new tariff will open both eyes and pockets; 3 to 4 cents per pound on cheese, 4 to 5 cents on butter, 2 to 2 1/2 cents on sugar, 2 1/2 to 25 cents on tobacco, affect every one, and that sensibly. Prices have advanced and are still ascending. Our regular army has 140 enlisted in this city, and as many in Savannah. Nine-tenths of our youth go constantly armed, and the common use of deadly weapons is quite disregarded. No control can be exercised over a lad after he is fourteen or fifteen. He becomes MR. So-and-so, and acknowledges no master. While our free trade doubles our tariff, our postal facilities will probably be raised to 10 or 25 cents, and off the immediate line of railways there will probably be at least one mail a week. Of course, therefore, we will like secession the better as we become the better acquainted with it!”

I reckon this is one best filed under the “grass is greener” column…

*From the Staunton Spectator, March 19, 1861.