Remonstrance against grist millers gaining a legal privilege

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Mill Remonstrance

Remonstrance of inhabitants of Racine County against Exclusive privilege to Gust Millers.

Mr. Botcholden

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To the Hon. the Council and House of Representatives of the Territory of Wisconsin at Madison assembled.

We whose names are here under affixed Inhabitants in the vicinity and customers of the Burlington Mills respectively beg leave to represent to your Honorable Body. That a certain Petition praying for "leave to exercise some discretion" as to complying with the Law, as it now is, with referance to being compelled to Grind Grain for All indiscriminately, has been extensively circulated in this & the vicinity of the Geneva & Delivan Mills and many names have been inconsiderably placed thereon from a wrong impression as to the tenor and effect. We would also beg leave to inform Your Hon. Body that the Law in reference to Toll has never been observed by the owners of the Burlington Mills in this; that every Tenth Bushel for Grinding is allowed by Law whereas it is a matter of Public Notoriety that every Eighth is exacted from every Grist so brot to said Mills, and it is our opinion that if the Law is altered allowing the millers "a discretion" as to whose Grist, they shall grind next year these very Millers will prefer a Petition to Your Honorable Body asking leave to exact the cash for grinding from all those whom these discretionary Millers think it can be got which in our estimation is down-right oppression and open monopoly.

It is a matter of great surprise among us why the conscientious Millers should be so sensitive all at once to the interest of their "near and distant customers" as expressed in their Petition and public articles, when they all the while, purloin a certain amount of grain from every Grist ground at said mill. If sympathy for people who come a great distance is necessarily excited. Why not let them, the customers realize its benificial effect by compelling the miller to take no more Toll than the law allows.

We would therefore beg leave to remonstrate

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against said Petition first above mentioned because instead of granting privileges to monopolizers and speculators it would privilege the conscientious Miller to say to his customer. I have scruples against Grinding Your Grain, but will sell you flour at such a price, and will make up the balance due you for your Grist in Goods at our prices is not this the result of the conscientious Millers discretion.

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