, in a letter to Sir Thomas Robinson, 15 August, 1755, writes that the inhabitants may be now set at 1,200,000 whites at least.
The estimate in the text rests on the consideration of many details and opinions of that day, private journals and letters, reports to the Board of Trade, and official papers of the provincial governments.
Nearly all are imperfect.
The greatest discrepancy in judgments relates to Pennsylvania and the Carolinas.
He who like H. C. Carey, in his Principles of Political Economy, part III. 25, will construct retrospectively general tables from the rule of increase in America, since 1790, will err very little.
From many returns and computations I deduce the annexed table, as some approximation to exactness.
Population of the united States, from 1750 to 1790.