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more certain, a second account was taken the same year; and the number found the same within 200. In 1755, the inhabitants were increased to 126,661. Their number, therefore, in 1758, could scarcely be less than 134,000; and must have been to the annual burials nearly as 26 to 1. This proportion is higher than could be expected in a town so considerable; and also so much crowded, as to have, at an average, 16 inhabitants in every house. But an observation already made, must be here remembered. BERLIN, for many years, had been increasing very fast, by a conflux of people from the surrounding country and provinces. About the year 1700, the medium of annual burials was no more than 1000. In 50 years, therefore, it has more than quadrupled itself. In a city increasing with such rapidity, the ratio of inhabitants to the annual deaths, must be greatly above the just standard.Were there now such accessions to LONDON of deserters from the country, in the beginning of mature life, as would cause the number of inhabitants to increase at the rate of 10,000 every year, it would in 50 years be doubled; and the proportion of inhabitants to deaths would rise gradually, till it came to be about one-third greater. BERLIN, we have seen, has, in fact, increased at double this rate; and, therefore, the number of inhabitants dying annually in it is in reality yery high.

The ingenious Susmilch, to whose works



I owe my information concerning BERLIN, makes the proportion of people who die annually in great towns, to be from to in moderate towns, from to; and in the country from to. The observations and facts in this Essay, joined to those which will be found in the second Essay, and the Supplement in this volume, prove, I think, that these proportions may be more truly stated as follows. Great towns, from


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or to or. Moderate towns, from to. The country, from or, to This, however, must be understood with exceptions. There may be moderate towns so ill situated, or whose inhabitants may be so crowded together, as to render the proportion of deaths in them greater than in the largest towns: And, of this, EDINBURGH, if it is not now, was 30 years ago. an example. There may be also great towns in which, from a sudden increase, this proportion may be less than in small towns: And of this I have just given an example in BERLIN. On the contrary; there may be moderate towns so advantageously circumstanced as to be equally healthy with many country parishes; and of this, Chester seems to be a very singular instance. See the Introduction to the Tables in this volume.And there are some country parishes so ill situated as to be no less unhealthy than great towns; of which a marshy parish in Switzerland, described in a letter to Dr. Horsley in this volume, is an instance.



In Nottingham, according to a Survey in Houses, 3267

Sept. 1779, exclusive of 294 in hospitals

Inhabts. 17,417

To a house, 5 Houses,

According to the Survey in 1802. 4977

To a family,4 Families, 6707 Inhabts. 28,861 To a house,

-36,169 To a family, 5

Families, 9093








The parish of Holy Cross,Shropshire, in 1760
Altringham, Cheshire, in 1772.



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-17,121 To a family,4

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Auuual average of deaths for 5 years to 1771, 1391

of births



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Little Bolton

Bolton, in Lancashire, in 1773, including Houses, 1178



17,416 To a house, 54

Bury, in Lancashire, in 1770,









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Worsley, Parton, Pendleton, Pendlebury,
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Maidstone, by a Survey in 1781

Families, 500

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Town and parish of Ashton under-Line, near Manchester, by a Survey in 1775. See Phil, Trans. Vol. 66, p. 164.

Tattenhall and Waverton, two parishes, near Chester, by a Survey in 1774.

Swindon, Wilts, by a Survey in 1781

Parish of St. Michael's, in Chester, by a Families, 1512
Survey in 1772

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-1,123,163 To a house,4

The Island of Sicily, (See the end of the
2d Vol. of Brydone's Travels)....
In fourteen market towns mentioned by
Dr. Short in his Comparative History, Families, 20,371
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NOTE. The additional columns in the preceding page are taken from a Survey made in pursuance of an Act of Parliament passed in the year 1802, "for taking an account of the Population of Great Britain, and the increase or diminution thereof."-If this Survey be accurate, the number of inhabitants must have increased very considerably since the time in which the enumerations were given by Dr. Price: The proportions, however, of inhabitants to the families at least, (which is one of the principal facts intended to be proved in these statements) are nearly

the same in both accounts.


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