First capital

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not then an article of mere consumption, but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.

Thomas Jefferson
(letter to James Madison, 16 September 1821)
Source:

https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Madison/04-02-02-0322

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