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WHEN I formed the idea of writing an Answer to Mr. Malthus's Essay, it was my design to have examined the reasoning and the facts in each of the chapters, and candidly to have enquired how far they applied to the subject; but, on further consideration, the present contracted plan appeared more eligible.
As the theory advanced by Mr. Malthus is new, and as it involves many points of the greatest interest to the Theologian, the Politician, and the Philosopher, it might have been expected that men of established reputation would have favored the world with their remarks; but as hitherto nothing of consequence has appeared, I, who have no name with the public, or any expectation of exciting much attention, have taken
up the subject, under the hope, that, by keeping it in some measure before the public,
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we may at length obtain just and consistent views of it.
That the present Dissertations are without errors, or that they will reclaim those who have acknowledged their conviction of the truth of Mr. Malthus's theory, I am not vain enough to expect; but should it provoke further attention, and writers of sufficient talents engage in the discussion, no doubt remains with me that the friends of freedom and of man will gain an important triumph.
The present Dissertations have been long written, and would sooner have appeared had they not been unavoidably delayed ; should they meet with any favor from the public, other Dissertations will be put to the press.
STOCKPORT, July 25, 1806.