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Title: [S.D.?] Corbitt, U.S.A. to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCorbitt, S.D/19
SenderCorbitt, S.D.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen, William J.
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipbusiness, friends
SourceD 1558/1/1/91: Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F. D. Campbell Allen.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.9708191
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 29:08:97.
Word Count1841
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datestamp 11 April
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1843 [Belfast arrival datestamp 12 April 1843?]

Wm. J. Campbell Allen Esq
York Street

p [per?] Soochoo [ship?]
Savannah 22d July 1843
W.J.Campbell Allen Esqr

My Dear Sir
Your valued favour
2d ulto [ultimo?] is before me - when the next remittance
is to be made I'll not forget the cost of the corn grits.
Was sorry to learn delay occurred in their delivery, I
ought to have recollected that John Bull knows nothing of
corn feed to bipeds. That article Indian Corn - is selling
here by the hundred bushels or more at 42 [--?] p [per?]
bushel - and all other food in proportion. Cotton is not
so low as it has been, it sells now at 4 3/4 to 7¬ - and the
total production of the past season will turn out 2,500,000
Bales. There will not however be so much come to market
unless present prices are maintained of which I have my
doubts. You appear to labor under the European idea as to
repudiation in this country when referring to the difficulty
met by the agent of the U. States Government in his attempt
to secure a loan, the mistake which you appear to make in
common with all, or nearly all, of your side of the water
is, in confounding, the states in their separate financial
arrangements of the General Government emanating from
Washington. In no instance in the history of the U.S. Govt.
[Government?] has there been an attempt at repudiation
neither has she ever forced any of her creditors or stock-
holders to accept of scrip at such reduced rate of Interest
by cancelling one of higher rate of Interest - as was the
case with the British Govt. [Government?] not once I
believe - but oftener - The State of Mississippi is the
only repudiator & she you know is not the U. S. Govt.
[Government?] The late Tariff act of Congress at the
Xtra [Extra?] session, with very few exceptions is such
a one as will be permanent & such as every American should
insist on. I am aware of pamphlets being published lately
and now at British instance to teach Americans what is their
best Interests - but it will not succeed, for the Democrats
themselves Janus faced as they are, being at the North
high Tariff men, and to the South Free Trade visionists -
when out to the test, go a tariff outright. If John Bull
wishes to have America change her policy, let her begin
at home by taking off the discrimination between American
& British shipping when carrying American produce; let there
be no colonial discrimination ! Let her then square her
Tariff to meet those of this country. No more! Let her
abolish her light money system - by which such a ship as
the Jno. Cumming pays over œ50 Stg [Sterling?] each
voyage to L'pool [Liverpool?]! Do you say it is right
because British ship pay it. My answer is that is not a
just position. Great Britain has her commerce, they
have the lights for themselves, she may tax her own
shipping and I believe their own shipping pays all the
expenses of the lights and not a doubt it can be [---ed?]
all that it collected from American & other foreign ships,
adds so much to the Treasury of the British people.
Contrast that with the simple unretaliating and [--ise?]
Light system of this Country. British & all other ships
visit our ports & no charge of light money, not one cent.
Now, I wish to see, & it will 'ere long be adopted I hope,
that every British ship visiting the ports of the U.S.
will be charged with as nearly the amt [amount?] as
similar ship pays in British ports, as strict justice
can draw the account. This [--ew?] of the case begins
to be felt throughout the land as due to justice, and to the
end of getting an equitable commercial treaty, you will 'ere
long see Danl. Webster sent to London a special minister for
that purpose. The whole nation will be of one voice in
claiming from great Britain an equitable & just remodelling
of her navigation laws. as they now exist, British shipping
in American ports have a decided advantage over American
ships - it has been submitted to long enough. 'tis time
to correct it. The Bank of the State of Geoa [Georgia?]
is beginning to take her proper position in this State,
and this mainly, indeed almost entirely, through the good
advisement of my friend Mr. George Brown Cumming, aided by
two others. Mr. Cumming has of late acted as pro. tem.
president, & I hope he may be prevailed on to be the next
President at the May election, as Mr. Bullock should be
turned out, his conduct having met with disapprobation
on every hand. The Bank will lose 10,000$ by him, having
had to compromise a debt he owed it of $27,000 for what
will nett some $17,000 - The Stock under good management
must improve - she is now the strongest & best managed
institution in the State. & with the majority of the
present directors re-elected, will continue to improve.
Of politics you see enough in the extracts from the
newspapers of this country. The Democrats of the north
have mostly Van Buren for their candidate at the coming
canvas, whilst the Southern Demos [Democrats?] have
John C. Calhoun. The Whigs have but one, the greatest
in the land Henry Clay. and I have no doubt he will be
President, if Providence spares him his health. It is
said Van Buren has declared that if Calhoun be nominated
by the National Democrat Convention, then he will cast his
influence for Clay, rather than Calhoun, and my opinion
somewhat tends that way, but my experience of
[Loco-focvism?] is, that I will not trust one of its
disciples; in any matter of party Interest. The
exchanges in the Country are in every part of her
seaboard against Europe, so much as to make it profitable
to import Coin, and why is this, simply because the
people are economising, & not importing the luxuries of
Europe besides which the manufacturing Interests at home
are improving and getting forward at more economical
rates. I am truly rejoiced that this land is so near
able to do without foreign importations, and I am
fully persuaded the period is not distant when this
country will not only make the grain required for
Great Britain's consumption, cheap as she can get it
anywhere else, but manufacture for such other countries
as Great Britain does now, and in as low terms. The
[stuff?] is to be for the ascendency, and that not very
remote. Present my kind respects to Mrs A - and accept
the [assurances?] of unabated esteem from
Yours very truly
S. D. Corbitt
A downcast member of Congress from the State of Vermont,
by name Augustus Young, announces that he has a book in
course of printing, by which he shews forth the errors
of Issac newton's principle of gravity, and upsets his
other theories of the solar system - report speaks of
him as a man of most extraordinary endowments & that
his work will create a revolution in old set opinions -

P.S. 1st March - After writing the preceeding - at night
I was quietly seated in the cottage a few evenings since
and after the labours of the day cosily seated in the
rocking chair, toasting my toes and sipping a cup of
good tea, I took up the Washington National Intelligence
- when my eyes lighted on the speech of senator Dayton from
New Jersey. I herewith send you that paper of the 23d
ultimo & call your attention to it - You can see John
Bull; [skirts?] are not free from repudiation of the worst
kind when compared with the result eventually - of the
State of Mississippi repudiation as I have no doubt at no
remote period, better councils will prevail - the Whigs
get into power in that State & honesty be triumphant -
[Loco focoism?] is infamous and in time to come will
be synonymous with all that is evil - The honest of that
party now [writhe?] under the name, as a reproach too
vexatious to be borne -
I see by the Savh [Savannah?] Republican of today, some
shares of State Bank Stock offering at $55 for 100 [-?]
paid & share - this shews only that money is not plenty for
Stock investments.
When speaking of Repudiation in this country I desire to
place before you some facts. In the early history of the
Revolution each state had its own financial crisis - they
had no Constitution, no laws except for general safety against
their common adversary Great Britain. Yet they were called
in Convention the Continental Congress - during the struggle
a vast amount of Continental money was put out to meet the
expense of the war, and an unknown amount was counterfeited
and set afloat so that 'ere the Revolutionary War was
terminated the so called continental money was sold for $1000
for $5 of silver - at that time not paying the expense of
paper & printing it was well known large amts [amounts?]
of such counterfeits were set afloat by Vagabonds &
counterfeiters - and I have heard myself, old Revolutionary
men declare their belief that British emissaries put
much of it in circulation and there is little doubt much of
such was redeemed. When the Constitution was formed, agreed
to, and the States entered into its action as such - The U.
States Government properly declined paying the forgeries
beyond a certain amount.
Since the Constitution was adopted - never has this
Government refused to pay her debts - and to foreigners she
paid debts on account of our own Citizens of the Revolution
that had been outlawed, thus assuming to pay as a National
debt. - private claims for which she could never have been
held answerable - I mention these facts least you might
suppose that in stating only what appears in the first part
of this letter, That I satisfied myself with a case of
special pleading to believe my Country from the reproaches
of Foreigners.
You know we are a thin-skinned proud people and jealous
of censures - combative too - as you see in this, ready
when a blur is given to hit back - Well I have [me?] not
cause of pride when looking around upon the labouring
class of our people to see them at least well fed & well
clothed and a voice allowed them in selecting their rulers.
There Sir ! If you do not yield a Yea! to such arguments,
you deserve not to go to parliament, that is certain - What
think you of peach trees in leaf and blossom for three weeks
past ? Fires not necessary except at night.
The L'pool [Liverpool?] cotton mkt [market?] is rather a
pukative * (* there's a word for you) medicine for the
shippers and holders in this country -
Adieu LDC