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Malthus' Life, Part 2 to the Life & Works of
Thomas Robert Malthus

Thomas Robert2 Malthus was born in 1766, at Dorking, a place just south of London. He was the second son of eight children, six of whom were girls. His father, Daniel Malthus, was an ardent Jacobin and had corresponded with Voltaire, Rousseau and Hume; indeed, when Malthus was but a child, Hume brought Rousseau to the Malthus home, known then as "The Rookery."3 As a boy, Robert was educated privately, partly by his father and partly by tutors.4 At the age of eighteen, in 1784, Malthus went up to Cambridge5 (Jesus College). In spite of a "marked impediment of speech," Malthus was to do well.6

While at College, Malthus "took orders" thus becoming a curate of the Church of England.7 At about 1796, he took up parochial duties "at Albury, Surrey, and lived with his father Daniel ..."8 At the age of 38, he married, an event which led him, in that year, 1804, to leave the safe haven of his "fellowship" at Cambridge. His marriage turned out to be a happy one; he had three children. In 1805, he was appointed professor of Political Economy at the college at Haileybury, a college run by and for the general education of civil servants of the East India Company. He lived the balance of his life placidly existing as a scholar and teacher at Haileybury.9 His students called him "Pop." He was described in his obituary as a "tall and elegantly formed ... his appearance, no less than his conduct, was that of a perfect gentleman." "An amiable and benevolent man." Despite this eloquent description, Malthus was to suffer "much misrepresentation and abuse at the hands of both revolutionaries and conservatives."10

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