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But this would not really take place. The receipt of five shillings a day, instead of eighteen pence, would make every man fancy himself comparatively rich and able to indulge 1D himself in many hours or days of leisure.

It is said that early marriages very generally prevail through all the ranks of the Chinese. Yet Dr Adam Smith supposes that population in China is stationary. These two circumstances appear to be irreconcilable. It certainly seems very little probable that the 1D population of China is fast increasing. Every acre of land has been so long in cultivation that we can hardly conceive there is any great yearly addition to E-Text Conversion By Nalanda Digital Library 51 An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus universality of early marriages U\ the average produce.

One principal reason is that the histories of mankind that we possess are histories only of the higher ODQ GD ' classes. We have but few accounts that can be depended upon of the manners and customs of that part of mankind progressive where movements these chiefly retrograde take place. and A satisfactory history of this kind, on one people, and of one period, would require the constant and 1D minute attention of an observing mind during a long life. Some of the objects of inquiry would be, in what proportion to the number of adults was the number E-Text Conversion By Nalanda Digital Library 30 An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus marriages, to what extent vicious customs U\ of prevailed in consequence of the restraints upon O/ LE UD matrimony, what was the comparative mortality among the children of the most distressed part of the community and those who lived rather more at their ease, what were the variations in the real price of labour, and what were the observable differences in the state of the lower classes of society with LJ LWD respect to ease and happiness, at different times during a certain period.

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