Excerpt from Misuse of Legal Tender
IT is the necessary duty of every State to prescribe a uniform money of account the signs and figures of its expression. Without such money of account, enforced by the State throughout its jurisdiction, justice can not be done to suitors in its courts of law, nor symmetrical and orderly statements of receipts and expenditures, debts and credits, be kept in its public offices. Therefore, one of the first things the Congress did, when it had assembled under the new Constitution, was to declare that the money of account of the United States shall be expressed in dollars or units.
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