Excerpt from Dissertation on the Numbers of Mankind, in Ancient and Modern Times
The Author of the following Dissertation on the Numbers of Mankind, is desired by the Philosophical Society at Edinburgh, to acquaint the public, that it was composed several years ago, and was read before them.
For his own part, as he has the honour to be a member of that Society, he had no thoughts of publishing his essay till it should have a place among their works, if they thought it deserved that honour. As they had not determined to publish their Transactions, he was advised to embrace an opportunity of publishing his Dissertation at a time, when he might hope for the attention of the learned, which had been already excited to consider this subject, by Mr Hume's Political Discourse, of the Populousness of Antient Nations: he has therefore published it, in its original form, with some additions made to it, since it was presented to the Philosophical Society.
The Dissertation is followed by an Appendix, which was not read before the Philosophical Society.
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