Thursday, September 26, 2013

Letters to Mr. Malthus by Jean-Baptiste Say

Status: One Round of QC (10.03.2013)


Fix Notes:

Page 12 of PDF: par. 1: developments

What is the reason that in the interior of every state, notwithstanding a desire of action adapted to all the developements of industry, there exists universally a difficulty of finding lucrative employments?

Page 32 of PDF: par. 2: subtleties

After these necessary explanations, you will not accuse me of vain subleties, if I rely on the laws which I have shewn to be founded on the nature of things, and the facts which flow from that source.

Page 49 of PDF: par. 2: subtracted

[...] it is laid down that a production saved is so much substracted from unproductive consumption to be added to capital, that is to say, to the value that is consumed reproductively.

Page 56 of PDF: par. 2: development

hey will be more painful wherever a more robust temperament excites to a greater de-velopement of industry; the happiest effects will result from this, if it be left at full liberty; if it be restrained, then terrible convulsions will be the consequence.

Page 67 of PDF: par. 1: development

Is it extraordinary that the commercial produce brought by the Americans themselves into their ports, at the conclusion of an excessive deve-lopement of their nautical industry, should yet remain there in superabundance?

Page 70 of PDF: par. 1: inconveniences

But at the same time it is expedient to diminish gradually, and as far as the circumstances of every state will allow, the general and permanent inconveniencies which spring from too expensive a productive system.

Page 96 of PDF: Index: "Jesuits" is not smallcaps and have a top margin, like the first word of each letter.

Page 114 of PDF: par. 1: indispensable

But this is not the case: the greater part of things which are necessary and even indispensible to us, are not given to us gratuitously and unlimitedly.

Page 124 of PDF: par. 2: indispensable

He must possess, besides those, the materials on which he would employ his industry, and the indispensible implements to carry it into effect.

Page 155 of PDF: very bottom of page: Develop

Develope what relates to reproductive consumption.

Page 176 of PDF:: near middle of page: from

What other consequence do you draw faom it?

Page 184 of PDF: par. 1: negotiates

Sometimes it negociates bills on its agents, the receivers of contributions.

Page 187: par. second from bottom: appropriated

That not being applicable to the satisfying of our wants, or of procuring enjoyments, because they are appropiated to reproduction, they are of no value, except for the faculty which they have of contributing to the production of some other consumable values.

Page 197 of PDF: par. 2: fineness

In order to prevent the abuses which individuals might create in this manufacture, by not making it of the same finenesss and weight which the impression indicates; and sometimes they reserve that right, in order to obtain the profit of it, which makes part of its revenue.

Page 201 of PDF: par. 2: Missing period at the end of the paragraph, after "old money".

Page 206 of PDF: par. 2: respecting

What do you observe respectiug bank notes?

Page 217 of PDF:: par. 3: incontestably

The care which a government takes to ascertain the capacity and honesty of apothecaries, and even of physicians, is then incontestibly useful.

Page 238 of PDF: near very bottom: inconveniences

Are there any other inconveniencies attending independent colonies?


Page 76 of PDF: I split "These twenty men, constantly employed, would cost, [...]" to become the first cell in the "table" here.

Page 109 of PDF: I split "CATECHISM OF POLITICAL ECONOMY;" into its own separate file before Chapter 1.

Page 240+ of PDF: Index: I changed the Index to use left margins, instead of multiple em dashes.

Page 244 of PDF: At the very end of the PDF is this "Erratum": "Page 59, line 7, between the words are and easily insert the word less." I implemented this fix.


"enterprize" is used 5 times throughout the book. "merchandize" is used 31 times, while "merchandise" is used 74 times.

Title pages, there are too many. Can these just be condensed/removed completely? Title Pages: Page 1, "3", and 5 of PDF. If anything, maybe Page 5 title page can be moved to front, and the Page 1 and 3 can be removed. Maybe somewhere in the copyright page it can be added that this EPUB was based off of the Augustus M. Kelley 1967 reprint.

Throughout the book, there is usage of "- - - -", should these be changed to em dashes? Examples: Page 27, 50, 55, ...

Page 172 of PDF: par. 6: "inheritance"?

If a man whose income is absorbed by the ordinary contributions, together with the maintenance of his family, comes to an heritance, and as an heir he is bound to pay impost, it must be taken out of his inheritance; the capital in the hands of the heir is therefore no longer so considerable as it was in the hands of the deceased.

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