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On the Wisdom af the Creator, (Page 6.)

Instances from the few Principles employed to execute his

Purposes in the natural World. Attraction, Gasses, Rare-

faction, Condensation, &c.

Probability that similar Laws extend to the human Race.


On the Design of the Creator as to Man's Existence

upon Earth. (Page 16.)

That he might exercise his Faculties and Virtues. Proof,

in civil Society.

Duties of the Rich; of the middle

Ranks; of the Poor. Difference between Poverty and
Indigence. Case of Peruvian Society supposed. Low
State to which it would reduce Mankind. Conclusion in
favour of various Conditions.

On the Principle of Population, and its Effects: in-

tended to show that Man is inevitably placed in

that Condition which is most calculated to improve his

Faculties, and afford Opportunities for the Exercise

of Virtue. (Page 113.)

Statement of the Principle under every Condition of So-
ciety. Its Effect universal, in bringing the Population up
to the Supply of Food. First Result of the Principle,
the Division of Property. Mode of Operation exem-
plified, in the Case of a Single Family, for whose increase
the allotted District is too small. This the date of the Re-

cognition of Property among the existing Families.
II. This Division of Property is followed by the Division of
Ranks through the Effect of casual Misfortunes, and
moral Habits, causing Property, at first equal, to run
into large Masses. Vain Attempts in the ancient Repub-
lics to obviate this Tendency. Inequality becomes more
striking in the Progress of Civilization.

These Effects dependent upon the relative Ratio of the In-

crease of Population, and of human Sustenance. Their

Consequence, individual Exertion.

Law of Increase, a Law of Design.

Wisdom of the Ordinance.

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