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An estimate of the comparative strength of Great-Britain, during the present and four preceding reigns; and of the losses of her trade from every war since the Revolution. A new edition; to which is prefixed, a dedication to Dr. James Currie, the reputed author of 'Jasper Wilson's Letter'.
London: John Stockdale 1794 - 8vo., with one folding table and (4) + cxvi + 254 + (16)pp., including the half-title, contemporary tree calf, with original gilt spine label, a little wear to extremities else a very good copy. First published in 1782 and much expanded in subsequent editions up to 1812, Chalmers' Estimate> was written, according to McCulloch, to dispel the gloomy apprehensions of those who supposed that the country was in a ruined state at the close of the American War: and it 'successfully accomplished its object'. E.C.K. Gonner, writing the article for Palgrave's Dictionary>, praised Chalmers enthusiastically. 'His economic works . are chiefly statistical, and as such are of the very highest importance; the Estimate> in particular furnishing the student with valuable information, which, bearing in mind Chalmers' official position, may be deemed more than usually trustworthy'. (Palgrave 1926, I, p.254). This third edition has as its major objective the rebuttal of arguments of James Currie the author of Jaspar Wilson's Letter> which took exception to Chalmers' contention that wars were of benefit to the national economy of Great Britain. This so-called 'dedication' was in fact an extensive essay of some 130 pages. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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