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BY D. BOILEAU,
Author of “An Introduction to the Study of Political Economy,” &c.

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No. study can be more attractive to a benevolent mind than that which investigates the means of providing a plentiful national income, and insuring the happiness of the individual members of the community, by enabling them to obtain the supply of their wants through the exertions of their industry. That commerce is one of the most powerful of those means has long been acknowledged in this country : but that this truth should find an able advocate in France, at a time. when her ruler is bent upon destroying commerce, is a circumstance as extraordinary as it is honourable, to the author of the Inquiry into the various Systems of Political Economy. The impartiality and the soundness of the views which he displays in his work give it a particular claim to the attention of the English nation; and it is with the view to render its circulation more general, that I have attempted a translation, in which I have chiefly aimed at fidelity and perspicuity. D. B.

Brompton Road, March 6th, 1812.

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INQUIRY INTO THE WARIOUS SYSTEMS
OF

PoliticAL ECONOMY.

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PLAN OF THE WORK.

* EVERsincemodern countries have reached a degree

of opulence unknown to the nations of antiquity and
the middle age, and particularly since Wealth has been
discovered to be altogether the basis and measure of
the relative and absolute power of states; the sources
whence Wealth is produced, the measures which
accelerate its growth, the laws by which it is distri-
buted and circulated, and the means of regulating its
employment, increasing its abundance, and insuring
its constant progress, have frequently been investi-
gated. -
This subject, known at present by the name of
Political Economy, (no doubt, because it embraces
individual efforts and national regulations, and blends
them in one point of view,) has been amply dis-
cussed in all its bearings and applications. Several
works published in England, Italy, and France,
mostly of great merit, and all of them more or less

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