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Effect of Communication by Sea, Rivers, Canals,
Roads. — The effect of prompt communication in
promoting commercial intercourse is sufficiently
ap])ai-ent, but its tendency to increase the popula-
tion oi' towns may require some explanation. What,
in the first place, are the advantages enjoyed by the
inhabitants of towns over those of the country; by
a collected over a scattereil population ? TJiey
consist in a more ample field for sale or purchase ;
a better division of employment ; greater dispatch
and finish of workmanship ; — a more varied supply
of occupation, so as to suit individuals of almost
any degree of strength or capacity. Now these
advantages, arising, in a large town, from concen-
tration of numbers, may, in a great degree, be en-
joyed by places comparatively small and distant
from each other, when connected by rivers, canals,



Online LibraryJoseph LoweThe present state of England in regard to agriculture, trade and finance; with a comparison of the prospects of England and France → online text (page 18 of 40)