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Leeds Petition 
From the Modern History Sourcebook web site, view the petition of the Leeds Woolen Workers (1786). This is against the use of machines.

Letter of Leeds Cloth Merchants 
From the Modern History Sourcebook web site, here is a letter defending the use of machines which appeared in 1791.

Wealth Among Nations 
Adam Smith's book is considered the blueprints of 18th century economic thought.