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THE LAW OF PRIMOGENITURE. In times like the present, when want and
calamity are every day becoming more and more prevalent among the
great mass of the people, it seems to be the duty of every public
writer, who can feel for mankind, honestly to indicate what appear
to him the causes of these evils. The indispensable brevity of
periodical composition must always, however, confine the writer of
a public journal to certain branches only of every great subject at
a time; but perhaps there is little evil in this; the lapse of a
month brings him again before the public, with another part of his
investigation, which, though merely the continuation of a former
inquiry, can hardly fail, if pursued with moderate judgment, to
appear novel and agreeable. At least, such is the persuasion with
which we now and then enter repeatedly upon topics like the one
before us, which, whatever their importance and utility may be, are
much less calculated than many others that could be chosen, to be
wrought up into fashionable essays. On these occasions, however, we
waive all considerations of fame or pleasure, content if by any
means we can be useful. The question at present to be determined
is, whether it be for the food of the community that all the lands
of the kingdom should elong to a few aristocratical families, to
the entire disinheriting of a vast majority of mankind; or that
they should lawfully descend in equal portions from the father to
all his children, and thus, by degrees, be equitably divided among
the citizens of th state. By the laws of England, as they stand at
present, all the landed property of the father descends, along with
his rank and title, to the eldest son. Against the injustice, and
the mischievous and despotic tendency of these laws, we now
contend; as it is prin...
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