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Lord John Russell said: “Colbert, with the intention of fostering the manufactures of France, established regulations limiting the webs woven in looms to a particular size. He also prohibited the introduction of foreign manufactures Then the French vine-growers, finding they could no longer get rid of their wine, began to grumble. When Colbert asked a merchant what relief he could give, he received for answer, `Laissez faire, laissez passer;' that is to say, Don't interfere with our mode of manufactures, and don't stop the introduction of foreign imports.”
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