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faid 510,000, of which the 70,544 which died, are
about an ei^hrh Part. Now London has been a Place,
that has been mightily fubjedl to Plagues ; and if we
confuit our Hillories, we iliall find one there once in
about five and twenty Years, tho' perhaps none fo pro-
digioufly fweeping as this laft ; but granting them all like
this to take away the eighth Part of the Inhabitants,
once in twenty-five Years ; let us fee what this will do,
towards hindring the Increafe of Mankind. Sir William
Fettyt t, has very handfomly proved, that Mankind doubles
It felf once in three hundred and fixty Years. Now twen-
ty-five being found fourteen Times in 3 6"©, the City of
London rvxSk every five and twenty Years (the Period of
the Plague) inc. eafe a fourteenth Part ; but then the
Plague cuts off an eighth Part, which is a great deal more
than it gains \ but then that fourteenth Part helps very

* Evangr. Hift. Eccl f Eflayoftliv Multiplication of Mankind.

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confiderably to make up the Lofs« But when on the
other Side, we confider the whole Country 6f Englmd.
to contain ten Times as many People as the City, the
Increafe of the whole Nation, in five and twenty Years,
will be a fourteenth Part com.plete (as being free from
thofe Plagues) and in three hundred and fixty Years
will abfokitely double ; fo that here will be this prodi-
gious Increafe of ten Parts of the Nation, and the in-
confiderable Decreafe of but one, which is fupplied by
all the reft. So that the whole Nation lacks but i. of
~^^ (which is not a twentieth Part) of doubling in the
three hundred and fixiy Years. And pray now. Sir,
what are the Plagues of London^ to this Augmentation \
What is this inconfiderable Lofs of one Part, to the Gain
of all the reft \ I am fure. Sir, if you were a Trader,
you would look upon this as confiderable Improvement,
to have your Gains twenty, and your Loffes but one.
■ ThlL I am afraid, Sir, that the Defenders of your Faith,
will not thank you, for this fine Arithmetical Argument;
for if once you come to this, we Infidels fhall be too
many for you. For fettle the Increafe of Mankind how
you will, make the Period of doubling as large or as nar-
row as you pleafe, you will find your Mofaical Account
will ftand miferably loofe, upon that Bottom. Pray, Sir,
for once, let me ask you a Queftion. How many Men
do you probably conjedlure, may there be now in the
World \ Guefs how you will, more or lefs, and then
you fhall hear what I have to reply upon you.

Cred, The ingenious Gentleman I before-mentioned, T/i-^/jr^^^-
reckons two hundred and thirty Millions ; upon what ^^^ ^um-
G rounds I know not, for he does not mention them ; but I . ^^^^^ ^^
compute there are three Times as many, and I think upon ^^r/



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