John Bland, Remonstrance Against the Enumeration Act, 1661

John Bland, Remonstrance Against the Enumeration Act, 1661

  • We humbly address the King to tell him that the Enumeration Act will ruin our farmers & citizens but it will pretty much destroy one of the King’s most profitable colonies but not allowing us to trade with any other part of the world
  • There are some incorrect assumptions made about the matter:
    • 1 – There are people who solicited & procured a ban on trade with Holland
      • No tobacco farmers or merchants come from anywhere but growing colonies like Maryland & Virginia. The fact that outsiders claim to know anything & ask for parliamentary acts on the matter is ridiculous since they know nothing about it
    • 2 – Why the Act against the Dutch was procured & is asked to continue
      • The men who asked for the ban only stand to benefit from the restriction of trade at the expense of everyone else
        • 1 – Whatever goods going from the colonies to England should be priced at the market rate otherwise the market doesn’t clear
        • 2 – To force farmers to deliver tobacco that they’ve worked their asses off to produce at terrible rates is breaking them
        • 3 – If the farmers would be forced to send the crop off to England at their own expense if shipping rates were too high. That would cut into an already razor-thin profit
        • 4 – If the Dutch can’t ship the product to England because of the outside tariffs, they might just keep it for themselves because their market has high demand for tobacco
          • It’s not that farmers love the Dutch per se, but they’re the only ones willing to provide shipping for farmers
      • Banning Dutch has only hurt the colonies’ trade. This Act must just be out of ignorance or incompetence. There’s no reason for this other than stupidity
      • The Dutch have all this extra money lying around & the Virginia & Maryland farmers are broke.
        • It’s claimed that the Dutch are growing their own tobacco. They don’t have the land or climate to do so. Virginia & Maryland do have the land or the climate, it’s just that the market has been artificially stifled.
    • 3 – These motives or pretenses for banning the trade
      • If Virginia & Maryland had as many commodities to sell as the Dutch colonies did, the population would be higher because it would attract competent farmers & businessmen to exploit them
        • Why protect them from foreign trade when it seems like they need all the help they can get?

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