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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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3151. FRANCE, Manufactures of.—

It is
the interest of France as well as our interest
to multiply the means of payment [for her
manufactures]. These must be found in the
catalogue of our exports, and among these
will be seen neither gold nor silver. We have
no mines of either of these metals. Produce,
therefore, is all we can offer. Some articles
of our produce will be found very convenient
to France for her own consumption. Others
will be convenient, as being more commerciable
in her hands than those she will
give in exchange for them.—
To Marquis Lafayette. Washington ed. i, 596. Ford ed., iv, 256.
(P. 1786)