December 5th, 2016

The number 8

Those who look to the action of this Government for specific aid to the citizen to relieve embarrass­ments arising from losses by re­vulsions in commerce and credit lose sight of the ends for which it was created and the powers with which it is clothed. It was estab­lished to give security to us all in our lawful and honorable pur­suits, under the lasting safeguard of republican institutions. It was not intended to confer special fa­vors on individuals or on any classes of them, to create systems of agriculture, manufactures, or trade, or to engage in them either separately or in connection with individual citizens or organized associations. If its operations were to be directed for the benefit of any one class, equivalent favors must in justice be extended to the rest, and the attempt to bestow such favors with an equal hand, or even to select those who should most deserve them, would never be successful.