re enterprising, the manufacturer more diligent and skillful, and even the farmer follows his plow with greater alacrity and attention. * * * It is of no manner of consequence with regard to the domestic happiness of a state whether money be in a greater or less quantity. The good policy of the magistrate consists only in keeping it, if possible, still increasing; because by that means he keeps alive a spirit of industry in the nation and increases the stock of labor, in which consists all real power and riches. A nation whose money decreases is actually at that time weaker and more miserable than another nation which possesses no more money, but is on the increasing hand.
William H. Crawford, Secretary of the Treasury, in a report to Congress, dated 12th February, 1820, says:
All intelligent writers on currency agree that when it is decreasing in amount poverty and misery must prevail.
Mr. R. M. T. Hunter, in a report to the United States Senate in 1852, says:
Of all the great eff