Sophisms of free-trade and popular political economy examined, by a barrister [sir J. B. Byles].

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32 psl. - if these things be done in the green tree, what shall be done in the dry ?" Excuse me for employing a sentence of Scripture on this occasion ; I apply it very seriously.
238 psl. - In the first place, gentlemen, you are to consider, that a great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges. Turn your attention, therefore, first to your remotest provinces; that, as you get rid of them, the next may follow in order.
163 psl. - Ireland is the only kingdom I ever heard or read of, either in ancient or modern story, which was denied the liberty of exporting their native commodities and manufactures wherever they pleased, except to countries at war with their own prince or state : yet this privilege, by the superiority of mere power, is refused us in the most momentous parts of commerce ; besides an act of navigation, to which we never consented, pinned down upon us, and rigorously executed ; and a thousand other unexampled...
266 psl. - Inspicere tanquam in speculum in vitas omnium Jubeo, atque ex aliis sumere exemplum sibi.
16 psl. - The capital which sends Scotch manufactures to London, and brings back English corn and manufactures to Edinburgh, necessarily replaces, by every such operation, TWO British capitals which had both been employed in the agriculture or manufactures of Great Britain.
191 psl. - The price of labour, when left to find its natural level, is a most important political barometer, expressing the relation between the supply of provisions and the demand for them; between the quantity to be consumed and the number of consumers...
164 psl. - If we do flourish, it must be against every law of nature and reason ; like the thorn at Glastonbury, that blossoms in the midst of winter.
72 psl. - What the state ought to take upon itself to direct by the public wisdom, and what it ought to leave, with as little interference as possible, to individual discretion.
288 psl. - As defence, however, is of much more importance than opulence, the act of navigation is, perhaps, the wisest of all the commercial regulations of England.
16 psl. - The capital employed in purchasing foreign goods for home consumption, when this purchase is made with the produce of domestic industry, replaces, too, by every such operation, two distinct capitals, but one of them only is employed in supporting domestic industry. The capital which sends British goods to Portugal, and brings back Portuguese goods to Great Britain, replaces by every such operation only one British capital. The other is a Portuguese one. Though the returns, therefore, of the foreign...

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