Suffolk in the nineteenth century: physical, social, moral, religious, and industrial (Google eBook)

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Page 80 - ... words of the Registrar General, " the great fluctuations in the marriages of England are the results of peace after war, abundance after dearth, high wages after want of employment, speculation after languid enterprise, confidence after distrust, national triumphs after national disasters. They express the views which the great body of the people take of their prospects in the world.
Page 92 - The deaths and causes of deaths are scientific facts which admit of numerical analysis; and science has nothing to offer more inviting in speculation than the laws of vitality. The variations of those laws in the two sexes at different ages, and the influence of civilization, occupation, locality, seasons and other physical agencies, either in generating diseases and inducing death, or in improving the public health.
Page 308 - The golden age of English oratory, which extends over the last quarter of the eighteenth and the first quarter of the nineteenth centuries, produced no speaker, either in Parliament or at the Bar, superior in persuasive force and artistic finish to Thomas Lord Erskine.
Page 107 - ... the varying proportions of deaths in old age in different portions of the kingdom. From a few instances of longevity no inference can be safely drawn ; but the fact that, of the deaths in any district, a comparatively large portion is above the age of 70, is a strong presumption in favour of the healthiness of that district. These proportions are found to vary greatly. In the whole of England and Wales, out of 1,000 deaths, 145 have been at the age of 70 and upwards ; while in the North Riding...
Page 22 - One very remarkable circumstance attending the fall of rain, is, " that smaller quantities have been observed to be deposited in high than in low situations, even though the difference of altitude should be inconsiderable. Similar observations have been made at the summit, and near the base of hills of no great elevation. Rain-gauges, placed on both sides of a hill at the bottom, always indicate a greater fall of rain than on the exposed top...
Page 272 - The answers to this question were unfortunately " not in every instance framed in accordance with this interpretation. In the case of ancient parish churches sometimes all the sittings were returned as free, the meaning evidently being that no money payment was received from the occupants ; but, as many of them were no doubt appropriated, either by custom or the authority of church officers to particular persons, it is clear they would not be available indiscriminately to the poor so as to make them...
Page 278 - Sunday ; nor, consequently, for deciding how many altogether attended on some service of the day ; but if we suppose that half of those attending service in the afternoon had not been present in the morning, and that a third of those attending service in the evening had not been present at...
Page 367 - ... in the cottage, nor the same attention paid to his comforts as when his wife remains at home all day. On returning from her labour she has to look after her children, and her husband may have to wait for his supper. He may come home tired and wet ; he finds his wife has arrived just before him ; she must give her attention to the children ; there is no fire, no supper, no comfort, and he goes to the beer-shop.
Page 361 - The sleeping of boys and girls, young men and young women, in the same room, in beds almost touching one another, must have the effect of breaking down the great barriers between the sexes, the sense of modesty and decency on the part of women, and respect for the other sex on the part of the men. The consequences of the want of proper accommodation for sleeping in the cottages are seen in the early licentiousness of the rural districts, licentiousness which has not always respected the family...
Page 93 - Medicine, like the other natural sciences, is beginning to abandon vague conjecture where facts can be accurately determined by observation ; and to substitute numerical expressions for uncertain assertions. The advantages of this change are evident. The prevalence of a disease, for instance, is expressed by the deaths in a given time out of a given number living with as much accuracy as the temperature is indicated by a thermometer ; so that when the mean population of the district is known, the...

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