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"Poor Slavish Dependents"

Richard P. McCormick


McCormick writes about a rare pamphlet owned by the Library, "Proposals for Traffick and Commerce, or Foreign Trade in New-Jersey . . .," printed in 1718, probably by Andrew Bradford. The central concern of the pamphlet is one that has long plagued Jerseymen—how to achieve freedom from a "slavish dependence" on New York. The answer, devised in the best mercantilist tradition, was to develop an independent foreign trade by a judicious use of export and import duties and by the creation of a local supply of money.

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