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ESSAYS AND LETTERS,
COMMERCIAL AND POLITICAL SUBJECTS.
OBSERVATIONS CONCERNING THE INGREASE OF
Written in Pennsylvania, 1751.
1. TABLEs of the proportion of marriages to births, of deaths to births, of marriages to the number of inhabitants, &c. formed on observations made upon the bills of mortality, christenings, &c. of populous cities, will not suit countries; nor will tables, formed on observations made poull settled...old court- " " ' tries, as Europe, suit new countries; to Américh. : ; , ; 2. For people increase in proportion, to the number of marriages, and that is greater; in proportion to the ease and convenience of supporting a family. When families can be easily supported, more persons marry, and earlier in life. ... • * : * * * * * * : * : 3. In cities, where all trades, occupations, and offices are full, many delay marrying till they can see how to bear the charges of a family; which charges are greater in cities, as luxury is more common : many live single during life, and continue servants to families, journeymen to trades, &c.
Hence cities do not, by natural generation, supply