Report on Manufactures

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 74 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1913. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... 5. As To The Furnishing Greater Scope For The Diversity Of Talents And Dispositions Which Discriminate Men From Each Other. This is a much more powerful means of augmenting the fund of national industry than may at first sight appear. It is a just observation that minds of the strongest and most active powers for their proper objects fall below mediocrity and labor without effect if confined to uncongenial pursuits. And it is thence to be inferred that the results of human exertion may be immensely increased by diversifying its objects. When all the different kinds of industry obtain in a community each individual can find his proper element and can call into activity the whole vigor of his nature, and the community is benefited by the services of its respective members in the manner in which each can serve it with most effect. If there be anything in a remark often to be met with, namely, that there is in the genius of the people of this country a peculiar aptitude for mechanics, improvements, it would operate as a forcible reason for giving opportunities to the exercise of that species of talent by the propagation of manufactures. 6. As To The Affording A More Ample And Various Field For Enterprise. This also is of greater consequence in the general scale of national exertion than might, perhaps, on a superficial view, be supposed, and has effects not altogether dissimilar from those of the circumstance last noticed. To cherish and stimulate the activity of the human mind, by multiplying the objects of enterprise, is not among the least considerable of the expedients by which the wealth of a nation may be promoted. Even things in themselves not positively advantageous sometimes become so by their tendency to provoke exertion. Every new scene which is ...

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Robert Micklus teaches American literature at the State University of New York, Binghamton. "Maryland Paperback Bookshelf." "Published in cooperation with the Institute of Early American History andCulture.

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