A Review of the Proceedings of the Detroit Convention
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866. Excerpt: ... thing. Those of us at the East who have not visited the West and carefully studied its resources, cannot understand what the growth and strength and honest pride of those new States are. Mr. Joy, from whom we shall have occasion to quote again when we recur to this subject in connection with the Reciprocity treaty, after alluding to the objection urged by the Bangor delegates, that the lumber trade of that city had been injuriously affected by the operations of the present treaty, replied in the following terms: --"Let us admit this for a moment, and let us admit that it shall be an antagonistic interest; which it ought not to be and will not be under any just and fair treaty. Which is tha most important, that interest, great as it may be in the hands of a few rich men, or the interest of a population of ten millions, devoted to agriculture, and whose prosperity depends upon an easy and cheap access to market. Let me tell those gentlemen that if they place that great interest across the highway to the markets of the world from the Northwest, they and their friends and all their interests will necessarily go to the wall. And the same may be said of any other great interest. With the population now in the West, and soon to be there, its interests are now--and will become more so--paramount to any other. I had almost said to all others. They will have a power which nothing can stand against. But this is not the light in which to place this question. And we do not advocate a treaty which shall sacrifice any interests, but which shall be in harmony with them all, and which shall be reciprocal so far as possible, and shall secure what is of the greatest importance to the Western millions, namely, an ample, broad, unimpeded highway to all the markets of the world...
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Address ... Before the Merchants' Association of Boston, Nov. 27, 1880
John Jay Knox
No preview available - 1880