James Madison Papers

James Madison: Notes on foreign commerce and constitutionality of the tariff

(Those who deny that the power of Congs to regulate foreign commerce includes a protective power, yet contend that the power grantable to the States to impose duties on, it was intended to provide for a protection or substitute, and who rely for a proof on the testimonies of L. Martin, must yield to the inference that the protection is a branch of the comercial [expansion sign] power, distinct from the revenue branch & not necessarily an incident to it. For revenue could not be the object of the State availing itself of the consent of Congs. to lay a duty on foreign comerce [expansion sign], since the duty wd. not be paid into the treasury of the State. The protective object therefore would be the direct & principal object, and accruing revenue but an incidental effect.)

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