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The Jeffersonian cyclopedia;

a comprehensive collection of the views of Thomas Jefferson classified and arranged in alphabetical order under nine thousand titles relating to government, politics, law, education, political economy, finance, science, art, literature, religious freedom, morals, etc.;

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3124. FRANCE, Commerce with.—[further continued].
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3124. FRANCE, Commerce with.—[further continued].

The system of the United
States is to use neither prohibitions nor
premiums. Where a government finds itself
under the necessity of undertaking that regulation,
it would seem that it should conduct
it as an intelligent merchant would; that is
to say, invite customers to purchase by
facilitating their means of payment, and by
adapting goods to their taste. If this idea
be just, government here [France] has two
operations to attend to with respect to the
commerce of the United States: 1. to do
away, or to moderate, as much as possible,
the prohibitions and monopolies of their materials
for payment; 2. to encourage the institution
of the principal manufactures,
which the necessities or the habits of their
new customers call for.—
To Count de Montmorin. Washington ed. ii, 529.
(P. 1788)