"wheels of commerce"
Asked by: bie-ga
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03 Nov 2006 04:26 PST
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What is the origin of the term "wheels of commerce"? In particular, I'd like to know when the term was coined.
Re: "wheels of commerce"
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 03 Nov 2006 05:08 PST
bie-ga, The phrase makes its first appearance in 1735: George Berkeley The querist, containing several queries, proposed to the consideration of the public. Dublin, 1735 You can see the full text of The Querist here: http://socserv2.mcmaster.ca/~econ/ugcm/3ll3/berkeley/querist ...461 Whether to oil the wheels of commerce be not a common benefit? And whether this be not done by avoiding fractions and multiplying small silver? Almost all English language publications from the 1700's and earlier are available in various online databases, which I searched for any earlier uses of the phrase, but none turned up. Ol' George appears to have been the first to put it in print. Let me know if there's anything else you need on this. pafalafa-ga
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