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Notes and Queries, 1850.12.21 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.   By:

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"When found, make a note of." CAPTAIN CUTTLE.

No. 60.] SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21. 1850. [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition 4d.



Notes: Page Division of Intellectual Labour 489 On a Passage in "Love's Labour's Lost" 490 Treatise of Equivocation 490 Parallel Passages, by Albert Cohn 491 Minor Notes: True or False Papal Bulls Burning Bush of Sinai The Crocodile Umbrella Rollin's Ancient History, and History of the Arts and Sciences MSS. of Locke The Letter [gh] A Hint to Publishers 491 Queries: Bibliographical Queries 492 Minor Queries: Meaning of "Rab. Surdam" Abbot Richard of Strata Florida Cardinal Chalmers Armorial Bearings "Fiat Justitia" Painting by C. Bega Darcy Lever Church R. Ferrer Writers on the Inquisition Buckden True Blue Passage in "Hamlet" Inventor of a secret Cypher Fossil Elk of Ireland Red Sindon Lights on the Altar Child's Book by Beloe 493 Replies: Mercenary Preacher, by Henry Campkin 495 "The Owl is abroad," by Dr. E.F. Rimbault 495 Old St. Pancras Church, by J. Yeowell 496 Replies to Minor Queries: Cardinal Allen's Admonition Bolton's Ace Portrait of Cardinal Beaton "He that runs may read" Sir George Downing Burning to Death, or Burning of the Hill The Roscommon Peerage The Word "after" in the Rubric Disputed Passage in the "Tempest" Lady Compton's Letter Midwives licensed Echo Song The Irish Brigade To save one's bacon "The Times" Newspaper and the Coptic Language Luther's Hymns Osnaburg Bishopric Scandal against Queen Elizabeth Pretended reprint of Ancient Poetry Martin Family Meaning of "Ge ho" Lady Norton 497 Miscellaneous: Notes on Books, Sales, Catalogues, &c. 501 Books and Odd Volumes Wanted 501 Notices to Correspondents 502 Advertisements 502



Every one confesses, I believe, the correctness of the principle called "Division of labour." But if any one would form an adequate estimate of the ratio of the effect produced, in this way, to the labour which is expended, let him consult Dr. Adam Smith. I think he states, as an example, that a single labourer cannot make more than ten pins in a day; but if eight labourers are employed, and each of them performs one of the eight separate processes requisite to the formation of a pin, there will not merely be eight times the number of pins formed in a day, but nearly eighty times the number. (Not having the book by me, I cannot be certain of the exact statistics.)

If this principle is proved, then, to be of such extraordinary utility, why should it not be made serviceable in other matters besides the "beaver like" propensity of amassing wealth and satisfying our material desires? Why should not your periodical be instrumental in transferring this invaluable principle to the labours of the intellectual world? If your correspondents were to send you abstracts or précis of the books which they read, would there not accrue a fourfold benefit? viz.:

1. A division of intellectual labour; so that the amount of knowledge available to each person is multiplied in an increasing ratio... Continue reading book >>

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