…. We are laboring as in the former war for men & money. men I am in hopes the present Congress will find means of providing: but I do not like their course of finance. expedients & projects will not carry us through; and I dread a tax of 21. million on a people who cannot get half a dollar a bushel for their wheat, & pay 12.D. a bushel for salt. the tax gatherer too will be in the height of his collection while the election of a new President will be going on. however if we hold together nothing can hurt us.
— Thomas Jefferson writes to William Duane, November 24 1814.
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