A History of American Manufactures from 1608 to 1860...: Comprising Annals of the Industry of the United States in Machinery, Manufactures and Useful Arts, with a Notice of the Important Inventions, Tariffs, and the Results of Each Decennial Census, Volume 2

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Page 22 - Nor am I less persuaded, that you will agree with me in opinion that there is nothing which can better deserve your patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.
Page 223 - either to a dependence on that nation, or to be clothed in skins, and live like wild beasts in dens and caverns ;—I am proud to say I am not one of these. Experience has taught me, that manufactures are now as necessary to
Page 128 - want of some object to gain their attention, and employ their industry, when the invention of this machine at once opened views to them, which set the whole country in active motion. From childhood to age it has presented to us a lucrative employment Individuals who were depressed with poverty, and sunk in idleness, have suddenly risen in wealth and
Page 384 - variety of interests which are involved, to the number of individuals interested, the amount of capital invested, the value of buildings erected, and the whole arrangement of the business for the prosecution of the various branches of the manufacturing arts which have sprung up under the fostering care of this government, I
Page 415 - repeal all acts and parts of acts heretofore made for that purpose" was approved, and became substantially the foundation of the present system of protection to inventors and discoverers in the United States. By this law, which has been amended by several subsequent acts* regulating the
Page 384 - which have sprung up under the fostering care of this government, I cannot contemplate any evil equal to the sudden overthrow of all these interests. History can produce no parallel to the extent of the mischief which would be produced by such a disaster. The repeal of the
Page 217 - the belief, that with a protection not more than is due to the enterprising citizens, whose interests are now at stake, it will become, at an early day, not only safe against occasional competitions from abroad, but a source of domestic wealth, and even of
Page 128 - Some faint presentiment may be formed from the reflection that cotton is rapidly supplanting wool, flax, silk, and even furs, in manufactures, and may one day profitably supply the use of specie in our East India trade. "Our sister States, also, participate in the benefits of this invention; for, besides affording the raw material for their manufactures, the
Page 128 - Our debts have been paid off. our capitals have been increased, and our lands trebled themselves in value. We cannot express the weight of the obligation which the country owes to this invention. The extent of it cannot now be
Page 22 - that it be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury to prepare and report to this House, a proper plan or plans, conformably to the recommendation of the President in his speech to both Houses of Congress, for the encouragement and