very simple but honest conviction, that their 
interest, and not his, was the interest of the 
public. The interest of the dealers, however, 
in any particular branch of trade or manufactures
is always in some respects different from, 
and even opposite to, that of the public. To 
widen the market, and to narrow the competition
is always the interest of the dealers. 
To widen the market may frequently be agreeable 
enough to the interest of the public; but 
to narrow the competition must always be 
against it, and can only serve to enable the 
dealers, by raising their profits above what 
they naturally would be, to levy, for their own 
benefit, an absurd tax upon the rest of their 
fellow-citizens. The proposal of any new law 
or regulation of commerce which comes from 
this order, ought always to be listened to with 
great precaution, and ought never to be adopted 
till after having been long and carefully 
examined, not only with the most scrupulous
but with the most suspicious attention. It 
comes from an order of men, whose interest 
is never exactly the same with that of the public, 
who have generally an interest to deceive 
and even to oppress the public, and who accordingly 
have, upon many occasions, both deceived 
and oppressed it.