Massachusetts: Speech of Hon. George B. Loring of Massachusetts : Delivered in the House of Representatives, January 20, 1881 (Google eBook)

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1881 - Massachusetts - 20 pages
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Page 4 - Foreign trade, which, in its results, is infinitely inferior to agriculture, was an object of subordinate importance in my mind. Foreign trade is made for agriculture and home industry, and not the two latter for the former. The interests of these three fundamental cases are diverging and frequently conflicting. I always promoted them in their natural gradation; but I could not, and ought not, to have ranked them all on an equality.
Page 4 - The situation into which we have thus been forced, has impelled us to apply a portion of our industry and capital to internal manufactures and improvements. The extent of this conversion is daily increasing, and little doubt remains that the establishments formed and forming will, under the auspices of cheaper materials and subsistence, the freedom of labor from taxation with us, and of protecting duties and prohibitions, become permanent.

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