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John Baptist Colbert, privy-counsellor and superintendant of the finances, secretary, and minister of state to Lewis XIV. and one of the ablest politicians that any age or country has produced, was born of Scottish parents in France. He instituted, established, and directed manufactures. He was perfectly acquainted with all the springs of opulence, and knew how to convey them into their proper channels. Trade received life, vigour, and stability under his auspices; and the French marine would have become formidable if the jealousy cf Louvois had not turned aside his master's ambition to conquests at land. The canal of Languedoc, begun and carried on under his direction, was itself a work that would have immortalized a Roman. He died at Paris, on the 6th of September, 1683. His library of books, printed and manuscript, is said to have been superior to any private collection that ever was made.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.

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