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ESSAY ON POPULATION,
BY THE REV. T. R. MALTHUS.
IN A SERIES OF LETTERS.
s yritliam Hazlit, the elde.
TO WILICH ARE ADDED,
EXTRACTS FROM THE ESSAY:
PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, AND ORNIE,
THE three first of the following letters appeared originally in Cobbett's hi etkiy Boutical Register. There are several things, in which they may seem to reqiire some apology. Firsi persons, who were convinced by ine ars ments, have objected to the style as ioo powery, and feil of attempts at description. 11 I have crred in this respect, it has been from design. I have indeed endeavoured to make my look us umusing as the costiveness of my genius would permit. If however these critics persist in their oijeciion, I will undertake to produce a work as dry and formal as they please, if they wili undertake 10 find readers. Secondly, some of the ovserrations may be thought too severe and personai. In the first place, I shall answer that the abuse, of which there is to be sure a plentif il sprinkling, is not I think unmerited or unsupporied; and it the second place, that if I could have utiacked
the work successfully, without attacking the author, I should have preferred doing so. But the thing was impossible. Whoever troubles himself about abstract reasonings, or calm, dispassionate inquiries after truth? The public ought not to blame me for consulting their taste.
As to the diffuseness, the repetitions, and want of method to be found in these letters, I have no good defence to make. I may however' make the same excuse for the great length to which they have run, as the Frenchman did, who apologised for writing a long letter by saying, that he had not time to write a shorter,