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Jean-François Melon, 1675-1738.

French civil servant and close associate of John Law.  Melon attempted to update French Colbertiste doctrines with the balance of trade ideas of the English Mercantilist school.  He tempered his enthusiasm for commerce with an insistence on the importance of agriculture.  Melon was a faithful  follower of John Law on monetary theory and defender of paper money, dismissing money's intrinsic value as a commodity, a position which earned a riposte from his contemporary Dutot.  

Melon's work was greatly admired by Voltaire, Diderot and Montesquieu and quite influential on Quesnay



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