A Letter to the King, in Refutation of Some of the Charges Preferred Against the Poor, with Copious Statistical Illustrations Demonstrative of the Injustice with which that Body Has Been Assailed (Google eBook)

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John Hatchard and Son, 1835 - Poor laws - 111 pages
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Page 85 - ... the human species would increase as the numbers 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, and subsistence as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. In two centuries the population would be to the means of subsistence as 256 to 9; in three centuries as 4096 to 13, and in two thousand years the difference would be almost incalculable.
Page 15 - It begins by a recital, that all the parts of this realm of England and Wales be presently with rogues, vagabonds, and sturdy beggars exceedingly pestered, by means whereof daily happeneth in the same realm horrible murders, thefts, and other great outrage, to the high displeasure of Almighty God, and to the great annoyance of the common weale.
Page 6 - My Lords, those who framed the statute of Elizabeth were not adepts in political science, they were not acquainted with the true principle of population, they could not foresee that a Malthus would arise to enlighten mankind...
Page 48 - The duty of supporting parents and children, in old age or infirmity, is so strongly enforced by our natural feelings, that it is often well performed, even among savages, and almost always so in a nation deserving the name of civilized. We believe that England is the only European country in which it is neglected.
Page 70 - ... for setting to work all such persons, married or unmarried, having no means to maintain them , and use no ordinary and daily trade of life to get their living by...
Page 70 - ... a convenient stock of flax hemp wool thread iron and other necessary ware and stuff to set the poor on work: and also competent sums of money for and towards the necessary relief of the lame impotent old blind and such other among them being poor and not able to work...
Page 19 - I will not speak of the filth of the places ; that could not be exceeded in places meant to be its receptacles. Let the worst be imagined, and it will not be beyond the truth. In at least three-fourths of the hovels which I entered, there was no furniture of any description, save an iron pot, no table, no chair, no bench, no bedstead; two, three, or four little bundles of straw, with, perhaps, one or two scanty and ragged mats, were rolled up in the corners, unless where these beds were found...
Page 69 - ... instances by the extra-ordinary energy and wisdom of individuals, are, on the whole, steadily and rapidly progressive. It is true, that by the last Parliamentary Return (that for the year ending the 25th. March 1832) the total amount of the money expended for the relief of the poor, though higher than for any year since the year 1820, appears to fall short of the expenditure of the year ending the 25th. March, 1818; the expenditure of that year having been .7,890,014., and that for the year...
Page 82 - These people live in Wooden Huts, covered with thatch or shingles, consisting of one room with a stove, around which the inhabitants and their cattle crowd together, and where the most disgusting kinds of filthiness are to be seen. Their common Food is, cabbage, potatoes sometimes, but not generally, pease, black bread, and soup, or rather gruel, without the addition of butter or meat.
Page 21 - It enacted that all rogues, vagabonds, and sturdy beggars, including in this description " all persons whole and mighty in body, able to labour, not having land or master, nor using any lawful merchandise, craft, or mystery, and all common labourers, able in body, loitering and refusing to work for such reasonable wage as is commonly given...

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