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Selections from the Letters and Speeches of the Hon. James H. Hammond, of South Carolina >> Message to the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, Nov. 26, 1844 >> Page 79

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Transcription MESSAGE
TO, THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE
OF SOUTH CAROLINA, NOV. 26, 1844.
The following Message was read by the Executive Secretary, Col. BEAUFORT T. WATTS :
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,
Columbia, Nov. 26, 1844. Gentlemen of the Senate and House of Representatives :
IN my last annual Message to your predecessors, I
congratulated them on the apparent dawn of a new
era in our prosperity, which I hoped might be perma-
nent. The currency had reached, and I am happy to
say, has continued to maintain a sound condition.
Commerce, trade, and manufactures were flourishing,
as they yet flourish in most parts of the civilized world ;
and it was natural to suppose that agriculture must
also revive. But we have been disappointed. Against
the pressure of laws everywhere adopted to encourage
manufactures, agriculture seems destined to struggle in
vain. And as these laws are chiefly directed against
the manufacturing supremacy of England, they fall
with peculiar weight upon that great agricultural
staple on which our prosperity depends. The price
of cotton throughout the world is, and must for our
time, in all probability, continue to be regulated by
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