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Adam Dickson


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Adam Dickson : An essay on the causes of the present high price of provisions, as connected with the luxury, currency, taxes, and national debt

Marginal comments throughout the text, generally of the format of a key word within the text being indicated with a cross and the marginal comment then arguing a related point - e.g. P.5, in the printed sentence "But whether or not our lands, during the whole of this period, have produced much less than usual, requires very extensive knowledge to determine, more probably, than any private person has any opportunity of acquiring", there is a cross above "private person" and in the RH margin, the marginalia reads "It is not the opinion of a private person. It seems to be the general opinion that there have been seasons of the bad crops for 5 or 6 years." On p.6, in the printed sentence, "Now, when the price of provisions is raised by bad crops, land continues of the same value, and the farmer cannot afford a higher rent," "same" has a cross above it, and the marginalia beside reads "Land can't continue of the same value so long as the crops are bad and the price of provisions is raised thereby and both the value of the land and provisions hightened [sic] still more by the quantity of currency." Further marginalia throughout the text.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Drummond Erskine      Print: Book


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