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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
TO THE WELFARE OF FRANCE:
An Account of their Productions, and the reciprocal
Advantages which may be drawn from their Com-
POINTING OUT THE ACTUAL SITUATION
UN IT E D S T A T E S.
TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH OF
BRISSOT DE WAR VILLE.
L O N D ON:
PRINTED AT THE Logographic Press,
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
kind.-Reflections on the sources whence facts have
been drawn, on the general spirit of this work, on the
order of the ideas, &c.
Of exterior Commerce ; the Circumstances which led to it, and
of the means of alluring it to a nation.
the lowest price.
league with each other by commercial connections.
The nature of things must furnish these circumstances; what is
the nature of things ?
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page is Of exterior Commerce, considered in its Means of Exchange,
and its Balance. Examination of what is understood by the balance of trade
between two nations.
fignificant expression that the balance of an account paid
of the nation which pays it, nor of an advanta-
dit; and that the only method of estimating the encrease
of commerce, is by the encrease of population, III. That it is impossible to fix the quantity of money exist
ing in a country; and that all the calculations on this head, reft upon an uncertain and defective basis, because it is
impoflible to collect all their elements. IV. That metals are not real riches. V. That considered as agents of exchange, it would be more advantageous to substitute
for them in interior commerce,
and not to be afraid to employ metals in exterior commerce, to which this paper cannot be applied. It results from these demonstrations, that a trade may be
opened between two nations, without the aid of money; that a nation will have so much the more of it to exchange for foreign productions, as it shall have a greater number of these confidential establishments, by which money is advantageously replaced.
page 29 Application of the foregoing general Principles, to the reciprocal
Commerce of France and the United States. That France has every Means of procuring a great Commerce, and 11:0je which must assure it to her in the United States ;
that her Productions are proper for tben, and that her partie
Examination of the productions of France, of her industry
and of her geographical and natural position.
the attention to the interior of France, than to open to her
a great exterior commerce.
time bring on an interior reform, and that France is, in
new people, and a civilized people, who have numerous
Reflections on the inferiority of French manufactures to Eng
lish fabrics in certain articles—The causes pointed out.
That the United States are obliged by their present Necesties and
Circumstances to engage in Foreign Commerce.
sidered it in an abstracted point of view only.
obliged to employ themselves in exterior commerce.
wants of necessity, of convenience, and even some of luxury;