Thomas Jefferson wrote in a 1816 letter to George Logan:
““I hope we shall… crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
“A corporation is an artificial being, invisible, intangible,” Chief Justice John Marshall wrote in an 1819 case. “It possesses only those properties which the charter of its creation confers upon it.”
Jefferson and Marshall were not friends, or in tune politically, and that seems to be reflected here.