Letter from Francis Place to Mr. S. Bovington

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Scope and Content

Manuscript letter disagreeing strongly with the negative contents and conclusions made in the pamphlet entitled, "On Machinery".Place is of the opinion that the affects on the demand for hard labour caused by an increased use of machinery should be judged on facts alone. Rather than doing injury to the working man, as commonly believed, he contends that the introduction of machinery actually leads to an increase in demand for hard labour. Furthermore, despite some individuals being discharged initially as a result of this, those suspicious of the foresightedness of the "Political Economist" will come to see him as "the only man who can render extensive permanent benefit to the labourer".So strongly does Place believe in what he has said, that he concludes the letter by stating that, "I will give up any opinion I now hold on proof that the grounds of it are fallacious".A separate, undated note to Mr Bovington (the printer of the pamphlet) requests he pass on the contents of the letter to the pamphlet's author.


Stamped number: 451

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Poor condition