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An Enquiry Concerning the Influence of Tithes upon Agriculture,

whether in the hands of the clergy or the laity: together with some thoughts reflecting their commutation: to which are added remarks upon the animadversions of Mr. A. Young and his correspondents relative to the subject of tithes, as well as those of the county agricultural surveyors employed under the direction of the Board of Agriculture.

London: Printed by T. Maiden, for W.J. and J. Richardson, 1801 Stock Code: 129256
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First edition of this essay by the economist John Howlett (1731-1804). "Most of Howlett's writings concentrated on the well-being of the poor, an issue for which he was well equipped as an able statistician and demographer, and inclined to see in a broader compass than many of his contemporaries" (ODNB). Howlett correctly stated the population to be increasing, defended enclosure, and contributed several letters to Arthur Young's Annals of Agriculture. A correspondent of Young, Howlett uses part of the present treatise, which analyses the impact of tithes on agriculture, to defend Young's pronouncements on the subject and to refute his critics.

Provenance: The Lawes Agricultural Library, with their stamp and shelfmarks to front pastedown. The library was assembled in the early 20th century by Sir John Russell, director of the Rothamsted agricultural research institution in Hertfordshire, and ranked as one of the finest English collections of agricultural material.

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Octavo (209 x 128 mm). 20th-century quarter calf, spine lettered in gilt, red cloth sides.


Calf lightly rubbed, initial and final leaf soiled and ink stained, but the rest of the contents clean. A good copy.


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