Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Petition for an Increase of the Tariff [1]

[May 12, 1842]

To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives in Congress assembled:

The undersigned citizens of Sangamon County [2] of the State of Illinois, respectfully request Congress to establish by law a TARIFF of duties, so as to prevent excessive importations of goods, and excessive exportations of specie; to create a Home market for agricultural productions; a Home demand for the skill and industry of our people; to raise revenue enough to relieve the nation from debt and to support the government, and so to foster our manufactures as to make our nation PROSPEROUS in Peace and INDEPENDENT in War.


[1]   DS, DNA RG 233 HR 27A, Committee on Manufactures. The printed petition, probably clipped from a newspaper, is pasted at the top of the first of several pages of signatures, numbering 271 including Lincoln's. The petition was referred to the Committee on Manufactures May 12, 1842.

[2]   The words ``of Sangamon County'' were inserted in the printed form.