If they hadnot laid a tax on sure goods, it will probably not now be done. If that they had never erected a custom house, or court house,they couldn’t now do it. Such a mode of reasoning wouldbe deemed by all people wholly indefensible. But it’s not admitted, that congress have notexercised this very power with reference to this very object. By the act of 21st of April, 1806, ch. 41, the presidentwas licensed to cause to be opened a road fromthe frontier of Georgia, on the route from Athens to New Orleans;and to cause to be opened a road or roadsthrough the territory, then lately ceded by the Indians tothe United States, from the river Mississippi to the Ohio,and to the previous Indian boundary line, which was establishedby the treaty of Greenville; and to cause to beopened a road from Nashville, in the state of Tennessee,to Natchez, in the Mississippi territory.