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Lagniappe Quotation of the Day…

… is from David Ricardo’s letter of June 26, 1814, to T.R. Malthus; this quotation appears on page 109 of Vol. VI of Liberty Fund’s 2004 The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo (editor’s footnote excluded):

All trade is at last a trade of barter and no nation will long buy unless it can also sell, – nor will it long sell if it will not also buy.

DBx: I just remembered that in 1823 David Ricardo died on this date, September 11th, and so I wanted to remember him today with a Quotation of the Day (thus the third such today).