James Madison Papers

Notes on Debates, 3 March 1783

Notes on Debates

MS (LC: Madison Papers). For a description of the manuscript of Notes on Debates, see Papers of Madison description begins William T. Hutchinson, William M. E. Rachal, et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (6 vols. to date; Chicago, 1962——). description ends , V, 231–34.

The Comme. on revenues, reported in addition to the former articles recommended by them,1 a duty of ⅔ of a dollar per 112 lbs. on all brown sugars, 1 dollar on all powdered, lumped & clayed sugars; other than loaf sugars, 1⅓ dollar pr. 112 lbs on all loaf sugars, 1/30 of a dollar per lb on all Bohea Teas, and 1/15 of a dollar on all finer India Teas.2 This report without debate or opposition was recommitted to be incorporated with the general plan.3

1JM Notes, 27 Feb. 1783, and n. 8.

2One hundred and twelve pounds, avoirdupois, are a “long hundredweight.” One usual step in clarifying or refining sugar was to filter the juice of the cane through clay. “Bohea Teas” are the black, less expensive, varieties.

3“This report” and its recommittal are not noted in the official journal. See Report on Restoring Public Credit, 6 Mar. 1783.

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