During the summer of 1751 David Hume had come to entertain so high an opinion of Robert Wallace as to permit him to read in manuscript form one of the papers that he was to publish the following year as Political Discourses. This was apparently by way of reciprocation for the courtesy Wallace had shown in asking Hume's opinion of a composition upon which he had been working for at least five or six years and which was to appear in 1753 under the title of A Dissertation on the Numbers of Mankind in Antient and Modern Times. The paper that Wallace had read before the Philosophical Society and which subsequently underwent such romantic adventures was an elementary study of the thesis that the ancient world was much more populated than the modern; it concluded with seven suggestions for the increase of modern population.
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