Excerpt from The History of the Poor; Their Rights, Duties, and the Laws Respecting Them, Vol. 2: In a Series of Letters
This afi'ertion of Mr. Kent's, refpeeting the advanced price of the produce of the land, compared with the advance of wages, demands proof before it ought to be reafoned frdm as a principle and at prefent it fiands a mere gratis as advanced by him. Adam Smith goes more minutely into the queftion, which requires a decided judgment before confequences are deduced from it; the difad vantages the poor lieunder in going with their penny to market, are great; but it is much to be doubted whether, at any time, they could buy the produce of land immediately of the farmer, unlefs from their matter; the quantity wanted by each individual 13 too fmall, to fup pofe that the farmer could allow that lofs of time which would be neceffary to deal to each one his trifling dole; and if they lay in a flock waf'te will make a greater confumption in their earnings, than the advanced price of the amp. Keeper.
The firft edition of An Inquiry into the Nature and Caufes of the Wealth of Nations.
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