The high rate of inflation was largely due to the marked increase in metallic currency in circulation during the century as well as a greater distribution of lines of credit.9 Higher prices were the result. Albert Goodwin found that “the average general prices of consumers’ goods in France were 45 per cent higher in the period 1771-89 and 65 per cent higher between 1785 and 1789 than they had been between 1726 and 1741.”10 This increase was not matched by people’s incomes, so people found that they had fewer and fewer resources to live from.