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4047. IRELAND, America and.—[continued].

The freedom of commerce
between Ireland and America is un


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doubtedly very interesting to both countries.
If fair play be given to the natural advantages
of Ireland, she must come in for a
distinguished share of that commerce. She is
entitled to it from the excellence of some of
her manufactures, the cheapness of most of
them, their correspondence with the American
taste, a sameness of language, laws and
manners, a reciprocal affection between the
people, and the singular circumstance of her
being the nearest European land to the
United States. [251]
To W. W. Seward. Washington ed. i, 478.
(P. 1785)


Mr. Seward, by direction of the associated company
of Irish merchants in London, had written to
Jefferson on the subject.—Editor.