Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
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with a request that he would present them to the society, a loaf of beet sugar from France, and several beautiful specimens of native silk, which were laid before the convention.
F. D. Quash, Esq. moved,
That the convention return their thanks to Mr. R. E. Russell for the specimens of sugar and silk presented by him, and also to Mr. J. Breck, of Boston, for the pamphlets on agriculture presented by him.
The president requested to know what disposition he should make of the specimens before him ; whereupon it was moved by Mr,

That they be presented to the secretary, which was unanimously agreed to,
W. Gilmore Simms, Esq. introduced the following resolutions, with a request that they should be laid on the table, which was agreed to.
Resolved, That no people can be capable of self government, who require to be deceived as to the amount of their government expenses ; and that no man can be held a freeman, who dare not look the cost of his liberties in the face.
Resolved, Therefore, that direct taxation, while it saves the citizen from the constant impositions of the cunning, is the only honest, cheap, safe medium for raising supplies in a country like ours.
Resolved, That it is a fraud upon the public, whenever a bank, or other chartered corporation, declares a dividend upon borrowed money, or upon any basis, other than its clear receipts and good faith profits,
Resolved, That if it be not anusurpation, it is, at least, an abuse of power, on the part of the legislature, to tax the citizen for any but the unquestionabl e exigences and expenses of the country ; and that most alliances between the state and any one class of its citizens, in trade or speculation, must result unfavorably to that wholesome competition of other classes of the community from which the people derive many of their chief securities.
On motion of Hon. J. P. Richardson, the convention adjourned to meet at 6 o'clock to-morrow evening.
ROBERT W. GIBBES, Secretary.