Commerce Defended (1808)
This is a critique of both the idea that only agriculture is truly a productive activity and government war-time policy which resulted in rising food prices and taxes which had a deleterious impact on the poor.
Commerce Defended. An Answer to the Arguments by which Mr. Spence, Mr. Cobbett, and Others, have attempted to Prove that Commerce is not a source of National Wealth (London: C. and R. Baldwin, 1808).
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Table of Contents
- COMMERCE DEFENDED, &c. &c.
- CHAPTER I.: On the Security or Insecurity of the British Commerce.
- CHAP. II.: On Land, as a Source of Wealth.
- CHAP. III.: Of the Definition of the Terms Wealth and Prosperity.
- CHAP. IV.: Of Manufactures.
- CHAP. V.: Commerce.
- Article First, Commerce of Import.
- Article Second; Commerce of Export.
- CHAP. VI.: Consumption.
- CHAP. VII.: Of the National Debt.
- General Reflections.