Excerpt from Statistical View of the Population of Massachusettsx: From 1765 to 1840 The object of the following essay is to exhibit the increase of the population of Massachusetts, and the changes which have taken place in the number and proportions of the inhabitants in the several parts of the Commonwealth, during the period of seventy-five years from 1765 to 1840. Population is only one of the elements which constitute a community; still it is an essential element, and one to which all interests are subservient. By the increase or decrease of the inhabitants, and by the changes in their number and proportions in the several parts of a country, we may, to some extent, judge of the state of all the other elements of society. We feel an interest in what relates to population, as well as in what concerns the physical condition of the people, their morals, their education, their civil institutions, and their future prospects. In the several enumerations which have been taken of the people of this Commonwealth, it can hardly be expected that the numbers are perfectly correct; but they may be regarded as sufficiently so for the general purposes of comparison, and especially for showing that the increase in and near Boston, has been much greater than in the other parts of the state. The censuses used in this essay are the colonial census, ordered in 1764 and finished in 1765, and the six censuses of the United States, taken at intervals of ten years from 1790 to 1840. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.