An Analysis of the Occupations of the People
Excerpt from An Analysis of the Occupations of the People: Showing the Relative Importance of the Agricultural, Manufacturing, Shipping, Colonial, Commercial, and Mining Interests of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Its Dependencies, in Numbers, Capital, and Annual Productions The greatness of a nation is not made up or dependent on any one particular section of the community, but is the result of the prosperity of the whole
and the object of the present work in ascertaining and defining the exact status of each interest in the body politic is not so much to give a triumph to any as to do justice to all. It is unnecessary to enlarge on the importance of promoting agriculture by all the means in our power, as it must be obvious to every one that it is the first duty of all governments to provide food for the people. The nation must be fed, at whatever cost
and the only question at issue between the two great parties is, whether you can produce at home the food..