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AN ESSAY

ON THE

PRINCIPLE OF POPULATION;

OR,

A VIEW OF ITS PAST AND PRESENT EFFECTS

ON

HUMAN HAPPINESS;

WITH

AN INQUIRY INTO OUR PROSPECTS RESPECTING THE FUTURE

REMOVAL OR MITIGATION OF THE EVILS WHICH

IT OCCASIONS.

BY T. R. MALTHUS, A. M.
Late Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, and Professor of History and

Political Economy in the East-India College, Hertfordshire.

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ESSAY,

&c. &c.

BOOK II.

OF THE CHECKS TO POPULATION IN THE DIF

FERENT STATES OF MODERN EUROPE.

CHAP. VI.

Of the Checks to Population in France. As the parochial registers in France, before the revolution, were not kept with particular care, nor for any great length of time, and as the few which have been produced exhibit no very extraordinary results, I should not have made this country the subject of a distinct chapter, but for a circumstance attending the revolution, which has excited considerable surprise. This is, the undiminished state of the populạtion in spite of the losses sustained during so long and destructive a contest.

VOL. II.

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