Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Jean Baptiste Say
|Washington Feb. 1. 1804.|
again there the best distribution of labor is supposed to be that which places the manufacturing hands alongside of the agricultural; so that the one part shall feed both, & the other part furnish both with clothes & other comforts. would that be best here? egoism and first appearances say yes. Or, would it be better that all our laborers should be employed in Agriculture? in this case a double or treble portion of fertile lands would be brought into culture; a double or treble creation of food be produced, & it’s surplus go to [. . .] nourish the [. . .] now perishing births of Europe, who in return would manufacture and send us in exchange our clothes & other comforts ... in solving this question too we should allow it’s just weight to the moral & physical preference of the agricultural, over the manufacturing, man.