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Melon : 'Essai sur le commerce'

From the diary kept by George Grote for his fiancee, Harriet Lewin (1819): 'January, 1819. 'Sunday -- Rose about 9. After reading Ricardo for some little time, I set to and wrote down some stuff upon Foreign Trade [...] At 1 I mounted my horse and rode to the Park [...] Returned to dinner at 6, very tired; read some of Lessing's "Laocoon" [...] After tea set to at Ricardo again, but not finding my attention sufficiently alive, I dropt him, and looked over Melon's "Essai sur le Commerce," which I had had some curiosity to see. I found it the stupidest and most useless volume I ever opened.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: George Grote      Print: Unknown


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