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"[M]onopolies are odious, contrary to the spirit of a free government, and the principles of commerce;and ought not to be suffered."

Source: Maryland Constitution of 1776, Section 39 (1776)
Author: Constitution, Maryland
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"There are some who maintain that trade will regulate itself, and it is not to be benefited by the encouragements or restraints of government. Such persons will imagine that there is no need of a common directing power. This is one of those wild speculative paradoxes, which have grown into credit among us, contrary to the uniform practice and sense of the most enlightened nations."

Source: The Continentalist, No. 5, New York (Packet) April 18, 1782
Author: Hamilton, Alexander
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"Merchants love nobody."

Source: A letter to John Langdon, 1785
Author: Jefferson, Thomas
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"Merchants are the least virtuous citizens and possess the least of the amor patriae."

Source: A letter to M. de Meunier, 1786
Author: Jefferson, Thomas
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"I own myself the friend to a very free system of commerce, and hold it as a truth, that commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive and impolitic-it is also a truth, that if industry and labour are left to take their own course, they will generally be directed to those objects which are the most productive, and this in a more certain and direct manner than the wisdom of the most enlightened legislature could point out."

Source: A speech to Congress, April 9, 1789
Author: Madison, James
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"Money, and not morality, is the principle of commercial nations."

Source: A letter to John Langdon, 1810
Author: Jefferson, Thomas
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