The litigious Suits in Law being noted as the third cause of the decay of Trade, can hardly be remedied for the reasons before declared, but must have their course…

Gerard de Malynes
Gerard de Malynes
The Maintenance of Free Trade. London,1622.

… trade, which is the breath of modern nostrils, and of none so much as ours - trade, whereof the stoppage means the corresponding stoppage to nations of their only effectual means of communication with the outer world, and, to that extent, the stoppage of national life.