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Dr. Berger on the Isle of Man.

so much show an increase of population[1] as an increase of comforts amongst the inhabitants at large, the consequence of a more extensive system of cultivation, and the diminishing number of fishing boats that used to take out in the months of harvest upwards of 2000 of the most active inhabitants of the labouring class.[2]

An account of the coals imported into the Isle of Man for ten years, ending the 5th January 1791. An account of the coals imported into the Isle of Man within twelve years; viz. from the 5th January 1798, to the 5th July 1810.
Years. Chaldrons.[3] Bushels. Years. Chaldrons. Bushels.
1781 2728 18 1798 5559 18
1782 2652 27 1799 5258 9
1783 2853 18 1800 5693 27
1784 3236   9 1801 6130   0
1785 3585 1802 6379 27
1786 3796 18 1803 7041 16
1787 3379 18 1804 7244 27
1788 3719 27 1805 6823 22
1789 3659 18 1806 6937 35
1790 4321 9 1807 7461 25
1808 8807   4
1809 9020   4
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Total 33932 18 Total 82357 34
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As to the great advantage the inhabitants would derive, were coals to be discovered on their isle, I should entertain some doubt, when I consider that the inhabitants of the city of Dublin have their coals put into their cellars at less expence than the persons who live in the County of Cumberland, twelve miles distant from

  1. The Census of 1792, returned 28,000 inhabitants nearly, but Mr. Curwen observes that all the estimates of the population of the Isle of Man published at different periods, have been much overated. He hardly thinks it can exceed 23,000 or even so much, viz. 6000 inhabitants at Douglass, 2000 at Castle-town, 2000 at Peel, and 1500 at Ramsay, besides 11,000 spread over the islands, considering how few villages there are, and how small their sizes are.
  2. Ibid.
  3. A chaldron is a measure of 36 bushels.

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