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An Humble Proposal to the People of England, for the Increase of their Trade, and Encouragement of Their Manufactures

Whether the Present Uncertainty of Affairs Issues in Peace or War

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Author: Daniel Defoe
Published: 1729
Language: English
Wordcount: 15,399 / 49 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 39.7
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,412
Added to site: 2010.05.15
mnybks.net#: 27737
Genre: Satire
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e it appears that there is annually consumed in England, besides what is exported to foreign countries, forty millions of bushels of malt, besides also all the barley, the meal of which is made into bread, which is a very great quantity; most of the northern counties in England feeding very much upon barley bread; and besides all the barley either exported or used at home in the corn unmalted; all which put together, I am assured, amounts to no less than ten millions of bushels more.

The quantity of barley only is so exceeding great, that I am told it bears, in proportion to the land it grows on, an equality to as much land in France, as all the sowed land in the whole kingdom of England; or take it thus, that fifty millions of bushels of barley growing in France, would take up as much ground as all the lands which are at any time sowed in England with any corn, whether barley, oats, or wheat.

N. B. I do not say all the arable lands of England, because we know there are a very great number of ac

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