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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN
THE EDINBURGH REVIEW.
NECKAR’S LAST VIEWS. (E. REVIEW, 1803.)
Dernières Vues de Politiques, et de Finance. Par M. Neckar.
An 10. 1802.
IF power could be measured by territory, or counted by population, the inveteracy, and the disproportion which exists between France and England, must occasion to every friend of the latter country the most serious and well-founded apprehensions. For. tunately however for us, the question of power is not only what is the amount of poulation ? but, how is that population governed ? How far is a confidence in the stability of political institutions established by an experience of their wisdom ? Are the various interests of society adjusted and protected by a system of laws thoroughly tried, gradually ameliorated, and purely administered ? What is the degree of general prosperity evinced by that most perfect of all criteria, general credit? These are the considerations to which an enlightened politician, who speculates on the future destiny of nations, will direct his