James Strun1 - Professor Mayo-Bobee HIS 391-E 11/1/07...

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Professor Mayo-Bobee HIS 391-E 11/1/07 Pickering Papers reflection In his letter to Thomas Jefferson, Timothy Pickering addresses several issues he sees as destructive to America itself. Using constitutional backing, lawful arguments, and sheer common sense Pickering attempts to sway Jefferson on his position towards trade with St. Domingo. Pickering clearly recites that he does not want Jefferson’s endorsement of the trade embargo with St. Domingo. Not only would it stifle American trade in Pickering’s mind, but it would make America look weak in the eyes of European power. Both of these Pickering warns might foster harm to the American way of life. Pickering’s arguments themselves are in fact sound. The United States is one entity, by strangling the trade to Haiti and making coastal communities suffer, it will have a ripple affect on other American commerce. Much the same way if the agrarian communities of the inland areas were to suddenly cease, the industrial areas and coastal
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