A Dissertation on the Following Subject: What Causes Principally Contribute to Render A Nation Populous? And What Effect Has The Populousness of a Nation on its Trade?
Cambridge: 1756. Quarto. , 36pp. Minor foxing. Very good.
A prize-winning essay written by William Bell, fellow at Magdalen College, Cambridge.
Among other truths espoused herein, Bell claims that the poor - both countries and people - will decline to reproduce: "Very few of those, who find it a matter of the greatest difficulty to subsist themselves, will lay themselves under the additional obligation of providing for others." He praises agrarian nations as the most fruitful, in both population and contribution to commerce.
ESTC T101713; Kress 5493; Goldsmith 9105.