This is floating around the internet - no idea if it is really true, it redefines perspicacity, don't you think? (Check out the date.)

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

-Thomas Jefferson, letter to then Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin, 1802
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