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New York Evening Post March 2, 1861

Consider this little tidbit from the pro-Lincoln New York Evening Post,
March 2, 1861 edition:>
"That either the revenue from duties must be collected in the ports of the
rebel states, or the port must be closed to importations from abroad, is
generally admitted. If neither of these things be done, our revenue laws
are substantially repealed; the sources which supply our treasury will be
dried up; we shall have no money to carry on the government; the nation
will become bankrupt before the next crop of corn is ripe. There will be
nothing to furnish means of subsistence to the army; nothing to keep our
navy afloat; nothing to pay the salaries of public officers; the present
order of things must come to a dead stop.

"What, then, is left for our government? Shall we let the seceding states
repeal the revenue laws for the whole Union in this manner? Or will the
government choose to consider all foreign commerce destined for those
where we have no custom-houses and no collectors as contraband, and stop
it, when offering to enter the collection districts from which our
authorities have been expelled?"

Posted By: Joe Elia
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