Thomas Robert Malthus letter

Scope and Content

Address: London. To Rev George Turner, Kettleburgh, Wickham Market, [Suffolk]. Refers to Malthus's tract 'An Investigation of the Causes of the present High Price of Provisions' (1800). 'I sat up till two o'clock the evening before I went to Bath to finish it that it might come out before the meeting of Parliament.' He refers to the the famous 'Essay on the Principle of Population': 'The prevailing conversation about the pop[ulation] of the country has caused enquiries to be made about the Essay, which is now nowhere to be bought. This I hope will animate me to proceed in another edition, though to say the truth I feel at present very idle about it'.
Autograph, with signature.
[A letter from James Bonar to Professor H S Foxwel, asking permission to print Malthus's letter, and a corrected proof of the letter for the Economic Journal are filed with Malthus's original letter.]


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