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A Treatise on Political Economy; Or the Production, Distribution, And Consumption of Wealth

By Say, Jean-Baptiste

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Title: A Treatise on Political Economy; Or the Production, Distribution, And Consumption of Wealth  
Author: Say, Jean-Baptiste
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Language: English
Subject: Political science., Economics and literature, Economic & political studies series
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Excerpt: A new edition of this translation of the popular treatise of M. Say having been called for, the five previous American editions being entirely out of print, the editor has endeavoured to render the work more deserving of the favour it has received, by subjecting every part of it to a careful revision. As the translation of Mr. Prinsep was made in the year 1821, from an earlier edition of the original treatise, namely, the fourth, which had not received the last corrections and improvements of the author, wherever an essential principle had been involved in obscurity, or an error had crept in, which had been subsequently cleared up and removed, the American editor has, in this impression, reconciled the language of the text and notes to the fifth improved edition, published in 1826, the last which M. Say lived to give to the world. It has not, however, been deemed necessary to extend these alterations in the translation any further than to the correction of such discrepancies and errors as are here alluded to; and the editor has not ventured to recast the translation, as given by Mr. Prinsep, merely with a view to accommodate its phraseology, in point of neatness of expression or diction, to the last touches of the author. The translation of Mr. Prinsep, the editor must again be permitted to observe, has been executed with sufficient fidelity, and with considerable spirit and elegance; and in his opinion it could not be much improved by even remoulding it after the last edition. The translation of the introduction, given by the present editor, has received various verbal corrections; and such alterations and additions as were introduced by the author into his fifth edition, will now be found translated.

Table of Contents
Contents Advertisement by the American Editor, to the Sixth Edition. ....................................................................................................... 5 Advertisement by The American Editor to the Fifth Edition ........................................................................................................ 6 Introduction ................................................................................................................................................................................. 9 Book I.Of the Production of Wealth. ......................................................................................................................................... 25 Chapter I. Of What Is to Be Understood by the Term, Production. ......................................................................................... 25 Chapter II. Of the Different Kinds of Industry, and the Mode in Which They Concur in Production. .................................... 26 Chapter III. Of the Nature of Capital, and the Mode in Which it Concurs in the Business of Production. .............................. 29 Chapter IV. On Natural Agents That Assist in the Production of Wealth, and Specially of Land. ........................................... 30 Chapter V. On the Mode in Which Industry, Capital, and Natural Agents Unite in Production. .............................................. 32 Chapter VI. Of Operations Alike Common to All Branches of Industry. ................................................................................. 33 Chapter VII. Of the Labour of Mankind, of Nature, and of Machinery Respectively. ............................................................. 36 Chapter VIII. Of the Advantages and Disadvantages Resulting from Division of Labour, and of the Extent to Which it May Be Carried. ......................................................................................................................................................................... 38 Chapter IX. Of the Different Methods of Employing Commercial Industry, and the Mode in Which They Concur in Production. ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 42 Chapter X.Of the Transformations Undergone by Capital in The Progress of Production ...................................................... 44 Chapter XI Of the Formation and Multiplication of Capital. ................................................................................................... 46 Chapter XII Of Unproductive Capital ..................................................................................................................................... 50 Chapter XIII Of Immaterial Products, or Values Consumed at the Moment of Production. .................................................... 50 Chapter XIV. Of the Right of Property. ................................................................................................................................... 54 Chapter XV. Of the Demand or Market for Products. .............................................................................................................. 56 Chapter XVI. Of the Benefits Resulting from the Quick Circulation of Money and Commodities. ........................................ 59 Chapter XVII. Of the Effect of Government Regulations Intended to Influence Production. .................................................. 60 Section I. Effect of Regulations prescribing the Nature of Products. ..................................................................................... 60 Digression: Upon What Is Called the Balance of Trade. ........................................................................................................ 62 Section II. Of the Effect of Regulations fixing the Manner of Production. ............................................................................ 73 Section III. Of Privileged Trading Companies. ...................................................................................................................... 77 Section IV. Of regulations affecting the Corn Trade. .............................................................................................................. 79 Chapter XVIII. Of the Effect upon National Wealth, Resulting from the Productive Efforts of Public Authority. ........................................................................................................................................................................... 83 Chapter XIX. Of Colonies and Their Products. ........................................................................................................................ 85 Chapter XX. Of Temporary and Permanent Emigration, Considered in Reference to National Wealth. ................................. 89 Chapter XXI. Of the Nature and Uses of Money. ..................................................................................................................... 91 Section I. General Remarks. .................................................................................................................................................. 91 Section II. Of the Material of Money. .................................................................................................................................... 92 Section III. Of the Accession of Value a Commodity receives by being Vested with the Character of Money. ............................................................................................................................................................................... 94 Section IV. Of the Utility of Coinage, and of the Charge of its Execution. ............................................................................ 96 Section V. Of Alterations of the Standard Money. .................................................................................................................. 98 Section VI. Of the reason why Money is neither a Sign nor a Measure. .............................................................................. 101 Section VII. Of a Peculiarity that should be attended to, in estimating the Sums mentioned in History. ............................. 105 Section VIII. Of the Absence of any fixed ratio of Value between one Metal and another. ................................................. 107 Section IX. Of Money as it ought to be. ............................................................................................................................... 108 Section X. Of a Copper and Base Metal Coinage. ............................................................................................................... 110 Section XI. Of the preferable Form of Coined Money. ........................................................................................................ 111 Section XII. Of the Party, on whom the Loss of the Coin by Wear should properly fall. ..................................................... 112 Chapter XXII. Of Signs or Representatives of Money. .......................................................................................................... 113 Section I. Of Bills of Exchange and Letters of Credit. ......................................................................................................... 113 Section II. Of Banks of Deposit. .......................................................................................................................................... 114 Section III. Of Banks of Circulation or Discount, and of Bank-notes, or Convertible Paper. .............................................. 115 Section IV. Of Paper-Money. ............................................................................................................................................... 120

 

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