A Literary Tour de France
|Population:||39,000 in 1780.|
|Book Trade:||eleven booksellers and four large printers. Guild, chambre syndicale, and book trade inspector.|
|Institutions:||capital of Orléanais, with royal Intendance, military government, Hôtel des Monnaies mint, tax généralité, and bishopric.|
university of Law, college of medicine, large college, learned academy, theater, music, newspaper, and reading cabinet.
Literacy (for entire département): male 34%, female 20%.
|Communications:||port on Loire river. Destination and stop on diligence post roads from Paris to Bordeaux and Toulouse.|
|Economy:||commercial city. Sugar refineries and textile production (hosiery, calicoes and cloth dying). Trade in wool, wine, trees, plants, fruits, and vegetables|