It is commerce, with its means of communication, that has placed the lips of every American to the ear of every other citizen and has demanded friendship and understanding. Commerce then, has played a great part in our union. The foresight of our fathers in placing the regulation of interstate commerce in the union, and in prohibiting the imposition of import and export duties between the states, and in removing all obstacles, natural and artificial, to commerce between states, has furnished to us a bond of union which holds with constantly increasing tenacity.
Commerce and the Flag
By The Honorable Curtis D. Wilbur, Secretary of the Navy