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3. TABLE of POPULATION throughout the last CENTURY.

England and Wales.
In the Year Population.

In the Year Population.
1700......... 5,475,000

1760......... 6,736,000 1710......... 5,240,000

1770......... 7,428,000 1720......... 5,565,000

1780......... 7,953,000 1730......... 5,796,000

1790......... 8,675,000 1740......... 6,064,000

1801...... 9,168,000 1750........ 6,467,000

4. ACRES OF LAND IN GREAT BRITAIN. General Statement of the Cultivated, Uncultivated, and Unprofitable Land of the

United Kingdom.

Uncultivated

Wastes capa-
Cultivated.

Unprofitable. Total.
ble of Im-
provement.

ACRES.

England
Wales
Scotland
Ireland.
British Islands

ACRES. ACRES. ACRES. 25,632,000 3,454,000 3,256,400 32,342,400 3,117,000 530,000 1,105,000 4,752,000 5,265,000 5,950,000 8,523,930 19,738,930 12,125,280 4,900,000 2,416,664 19,441,944

383,690 166,000 569,469 1,119,159

46,522,970 15,000,000 15,871,46377,394,433

5. CANALS.—In 1823, the total length of Canals in Great Britain, excluding those under five miles, was 2589 miles.

6. TURNPIKE ROADS.-In 1823, the total extent of Turnpike Roads in Great Britain was 24,531 miles.—Annual income, £1,214,716.-Debt £5,200,000.

XXVIII. POPULATION OF FRANCE. The total population of France is estimated at 31,600,000. The following table contains a summary of the births, marriages, and deaths in France from 1817 to 1825.

Increase

of
Year.
Births. Marriages.

Deaths. Population.
Total for 1817 944125 205244 748223 195902

1818 913855 212979 751907 161948
1819 987918 215088 788055 199863
1820 958933 208893 770706 188227
1821 963358 221868 751214 212144
1822 972796 247495 774162 198634
1823 964021 262020 742735 221286
1824 984152 231680 763606 220546
1825 973986 243674 798012 175974

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XXIX. BOOKS PUBLISHED IN FRANCE. Since the year 1814 very accurate accounts have been rendered of the annual productions of the French press. Compared with the increase of population, and the effective force of the nation, the multiplication of books has been remarkable. The following table, drawn up by M. Charles Dupin, exhibits the numbers of sheets published in France during a period of twelve years, and the principal divisions of literature and science to which they respectively appertained.

1814.

1820. 1 1826. Theology

4,974,798 7,867,609 23,268,420 Legislation

1,371,568 6,326,652 18,605,495 Sciences

2,546,270 5,327,174 12,160,381 Philosophy

753,185 1,185,429 3,032,191 Social Economy

1,634,485 1,744,246 2,097,390 Military

441,510 1,026,027 1,445,982 Fine Arts

773,099 1,202,599 1,999,560 Belles Lettres

13,352,920 20,436,803 27,704,971 History, Travels, &c. 16,226,566 33,149,157 46,545,727 Miscellaneous

3,600,648 2,121,251 7,699,977 Total

45,675,039 80,921,302 | 144,561,094 It appears, that the subjects upon which there has been the greatest increase are theology, legislation, the sciences, philosophy, history, and travels. The highest ratio of increase is in legislation. From the invention of printing to the year 1814, a space of

the

press had obtained the power of producing annually 45,675,039 sheets. From 1814 to 1826, a period of 12 years, the increase was 98,886,055 sheets. That is, in these twelve years the increase of publications was more than double what it had been during the three hundred and seventy-five years preceding.

In the year 1825 the number of volumes printed was 13,767,723, allowing ten sheets and a half on an average to a volume. This was a little more than a volume to each reader in France, as it is estimated that there were at that time twelve millions of persons who could read.

The above table and calculations do not embrace the results of the periodical press, either in journals or newspapers. The estimate of these are, for 1820

28,509,533 sheets. 1826

26,420,520

375 years,

2,089,013

This shows a diminution of periodical publications of more than 2,000,000 of sheets in six years only. In 1820 for a million of sheets published on religion, the sciences, belleslettres, and the arts, there were 352,313 issued from the periodical press; in 1826 for a million of sheets on the same subjects, there were only 182,764 periodical.

M. Dupin supposes this diminution of periodical publications to be owing to two causes; first, their dearness; and secondly, the circumstance of their being burdened with a heavy tax. The subscription price of a daily newspaper in Paris is about sixteen dollars a year.

The extraordinary increase of publications not periodical, within twelve years, he thinks is also to be ascribed to two causes ; first, the people who read have more time than formerly to devote to that occupation ; secondly, the number of readers is much augmented.

It was stated in a late publication, that a hundred thousand copies of the entire works of Voltaire and Rousseau had been published during the last twelve years in France, in addition to innumerable copies of separate treatises of both authors.

By a recent French paper, it appears, that the following is the present state of the periodical press in France.

There are now in Paris 152 Journals, literary, scientific, and religious, and 17 political,--in all 169. Of these papers 151 are constitutional, or, as they are called, liberal—the 18 others being more monarchical in their spirit. The 151 Constitutional Journals have, it is stated, 197,000 subscribers, 1,500,000 readers, and produce an incone of 1,155,200 francs; the 18 others have 21,000 subscribers, 192,000 readers, with an income of 437,000 francs. The number of subscribers to the ten principal papers is as follows ;-Le Moniteur, the official paper, from 2500 to 4000 subscribers, principally public functionaries. Le Constitutionnel, 18,000 to 20,000 subscribers. Journal des Debats, 13,000 to 14,000. Quotidienne, 5000 subscribers. Courrier Français, 4500. Journal du Commerce, 3500. Gazette de France, 7,000. Messager des Chambres. This paper, which, since the accession of the Polignac Ministry, seems to have taken up liberal ideas, has 2,500 subscribers. Tribune des Départemens, a new paper, 100 subscribers. Nouveau Journal de Paris, 1000 to 1500 subscribers. These are all published in the capital ; those printed in the provinces it calculates at 75 journals, exclusive of papers of advertisements, and Ministerial bulletins, Of these, 66 are constitutional, supported only by their subscribers of the same way of thinking. One, the Mémorial de Toulouse,

is supported by the Archbishop of that diocese ; four are, it is asserted, paid from the secret funds of the Jesuits ; the other four are described as monarchical, but of little influence. With respect to the state of public opinion in France, it averages, according to the same authority, among one hundred electors in one college, twenty-five revocable public functionaries, four judges, five advocates, four attorneys, six notaries, three physicians, ten merchants, and forty-three persons of no distinct profession. These latter give forty votes to constitutional candidates; and with eight merchants, two physicians, four notaries, one attorney, two advocates, three judges and revocable functionaries, make in all sixty constitutional votes out of the one hundred.

XXX, RUSSIAN ARMY. THERE seems to be no public return, from which a precise knowledge of this subject can be obtained. The following summary, from a recent account of Russia, exhibits as accurate a statement as can be made.

Hassel reckoned the Russian army at 558,120 men, to which has been added, since 1806, a national guard, or militia, of 612,000 men, making an efficient force of 1,170,120.

Cromé made the land forces 639,415 in time of war. This was the number said to have been in the army in 1811. After alluding to the 612,000 militia, Cromé says Russia can defend herself with more than 1,200,000 warriors.

For a few years past the Russian army has generally been reckoned at a million of men, though the officers themselves vary in their accounts, some estimating it as low as 800,000, and others as high as 1,200,000.

The population of Russia in 1816, according to Hassel, amounted to 45,526,497.

XXXI. MONEY.

The origin of the use of money, as a medium of exchange, is hidden in the remotest antiquity. Mention is often made of money in the Scriptures. Abraham paid four hundred shekels of silver for the burial place of Sarah. The shekels of silver, which were used as coin at a later day by the Jews of Palestine, had on one side Aaron's rod in blossom, with the inscription, in Hebrew characters, Jerusalem the Holy; and on the other side

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an impression of the vessel in which the manna was preserved in the sanctuary, with the words, Money of Israel. From the New Testament we learn, that, in the time of our Saviour, money was in circulation among the Jews, which bore the heads of the Cæsars. Money was in use at Argos 894 years before the Christian

We are told that the Roman copper coins, struck in the time of Servius Tullius, were stamped with animals whose value they represented. Others contained effigies of the divinities, such as Janus and Mercury. The first silver coin was made in Rome in the 485th year from the foundation of the city, and gold coin about the 547th of the same era. On these were first engraved the features of deceased consuls. The head of Cæsar, the Dictator, was the first head of a living person, that was struck on the Roman coins.

The first money issued by the Popes was about the year 782. Before the tenth century there was no money known in Russia, either native or foreign. This medium of exchange came first to that count from Tartary. Before the fifteenth ce silver was so rare in Russia, that the German historian, John de Müller, speaks of towns that were bought for five crowns. The first silver money coined in Russia was in 1485. Rubles were first coined there in 1634.

The first name of a Doge, which appears on the Venetian coins, was that of Henry Dandolo, who died in the year 1205. The gold ducats, which had been struck in Italy, were the models of the Venetian pieces, called sequins, which appeared for the first time in Venice under the reign of the Doge, John Dandolo, who died in 1580.

The most ancient Swedish money was silver. Gold was not coined before the sixteenth century; and copper was first put in circulation by the Queen Christina. The coins of the ancient Saxon kings are much more common in Sweden, than even in England, which is accounted for from the tribute which was paid for a long time to the Danish kings by the sovereigns of Great Britain.

In England the value of money augmented 18 times from the

year 1290 to 1640; and 12 times from 1530 to 1800. The value of silver has increased 30 fold since the Norman conquest. Gold and silver coin began to circulate in Scotland, A. D. 233. The first Gold coin of England was struck in 1087. In the year 1347 a pound of silver was made into 22 shillings; in 1352 it was increased to 25 shillings; in 1414 to 30; in 1505 to 40 ; and in 1530 to 65 shillings. Copper money was introduced into England in the year 1560. The first Guineas were coined

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