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American Sugars


AMERICAN SUGARS.--A report of the debate which took place in the House of Commons on the 5th ultimo on the Sugar question is published, from which we make the annexed extract relating to American sugars:

"Mr. Thornley said: I wish to repeat the question which I put to the right honorable gentleman, the First Lord of the Treasury. I yesterday stated that a quantity of sugar had reached this country from the United States, which was notoriously the produce of slave labor. The question which I then put has become of more importance, because to-day I find that samples have arrived of cargoes of two or three shipments from New Orleans. The question I wish to put is this, whether this sugar, the produce of Louisiana, and therefore the produce of slave labor, will be admitted at the same rate of duty as sugar from China, Java, and Manilla, which is considered the produce of free labor?

"Sir Robert Peel. There are certain countries--the United States being one of them--where sugar is produced by the labor of slaves. The United States and one or two other countries have concluded reciprocity treaties with this country, which treaties stipulate that the produce of such countries shall be admitted into this country on the footing of the most favored nations. That, I apprehend, is the state of the case. But up to this hour there has been no official information received by her Majesty's Government from the custom house with respect to the arrival of this shipment, nor has any communication been made to the Treasury Board upon the subject, nor any application for an Order in Council, which would be necessary before the sugar could be admitted. At present I apprehend that the sugar could not be admissible, for no Order in Council has been issued for its admission from the United States. At the same time I have no hesitation in saying that my construction of the treaty is, that sugar from the United States would, undr the reciprocity treaties, be admissible on the same terms and footing as sugar from Java, Manilla, and China. [Loud cheers from the Opposition benches.]

"Mr. Thornley had heard the answer of the right honorable gentleman with great satisfaction. He begged simply to state that the produce of sugar in Louisiana was such as would give great profit on its exportation to this country, and that there was every reason to believe the new trade would be carried on a considerable extent.

"Mr. Ewart said there was another question connected with this subject which he was anxious to have answered. He wished to know whether the right honorable baronet was aware that all the sugar coming from Louisiana was brown muscovado sugar, and therefore would come into this country at the duty of 23s and not at 28s? So that, in fact, this slave-grown sugar of the United States would be imported at a lower duty than the free-labor sugar of Java, Siam, and Manilla. 

"Sir R. Peel declined entering into any argument upon the subject at present."


Alexandria Gazette 45:81, p.2




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