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Mary Anne Mahony, daughter of the Lady Clare. He was murdered in his bed at Albemarle Street, London, on the 15th of May, 1734, by a discharged man-servant, who stole some of his papers and set fire to the house before escaping.

The Essai was written by Cantillon in English, and by himself translated into its present form for the use of a French friend. The original English work, with its statistical supplement, was never published. It was possibly in the possession of Philip Cantillon, a second cousin, when he brought out The Analysis of Trade, London, 1759, professedly based upon it. The fictitious imprint "A Londres, Chez Fletcher Gyles, dans Holborn, M.DCC.LV." appears also upon the title-page of Questions importantes sur le Commerce, a French translation by Turgot of Tucker's Reflections on the Expediency of a Law for the Naturalization of Foreign Protestants.

Cantillon is said to have been a prolific writer, an indefatigable traveller, and to have joined the experience of a silk mercer and a wine merchant to that of a banker. He was an enthusiast in agricultural and monetary