Without the knowledge of the true number of the people, as a principle, the whole scope and use of keeping bills of birth and burials is impaired; wherefore by laborious conjectures and calculations to deduce the number of people from the births and burials, may be ingenious, but very preposterous.
Another cause which aggravates taxes is the force of paying them in money at a certain tinge, and not in commodities at the most convenient seasons.
I make this question, whether, since they do all live by begging... it were not better for the state to keep them.
We incline, therefore, to think the parishes should be equal or near, because in the reformed religion the principal use of a church is to preach in.
In the next place, it will be asked, who shall pay these men? I answer, everybody.
It were good to know the geometrical content, figure and situation of all the lands of a kingdom, especially according to its most natural bounds.
Every seaman is not only a navigator, but a merchant and also a soldier.
The trade of banks is the buying and selling of interest and exchange.
No man pays double or twice for the same thing, forasmuch as nothing can be spent but once.
Wherefore when a man giveth out his money upon condition that be may not demand it back until a certain time to come, he certainly may take a compensation for this inconvenience which he admits against himself.
Money is the best rule of commerce.
Causes of Civil War are also, that the Wealth of the Nation is in too few mens hands, and that no certain means are provided to keep all men from a necessity either to beg, or steal, or be Souldiers.
An house is of a double nature, viz., one, wherein it is a way and means of expence, the other as it is an instrument and tool of gain.
Wherefore the race being not to the swift, etc. but time and chance happening to all men, I leave the Judgement of the whole to the Candid, of whose correction I shall never be impatient.
I hope no man takes what I said about the living and dieing of men for mathematical demonstration.