An Account of the Rise, Progress, and Present State, of the Society for the Discharge and Relief of Persons Imprisoned for Small Debts: Throughout England and Wales, Issue 398

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Nichols and Son, 1802 - Debt, Imprisonment for - 363 pages
 

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Page 159 - Justices of our said Lord the King, assigned to keep the Peace of our said Lord the King...
Page 44 - Ah little think the gay licentious proud, Whom pleasure, power, and affluence surround; They, who their thoughtless hours in giddy mirth, And wanton, often cruel, riot waste; Ah little think they, while they dance along, How many feel, this very moment, death And all the sad variety of pain.
Page 44 - Ah ! little think they, while they dance along, How many feel, this very moment, death And all the sad variety of pain : How many sink in the devouring flood, Or more devouring flame : how many bleed, 330 By shameful variance betwixt man and man : How many pine in want, and dungeon glooms ; Shut from the common air and common use Of their own limbs...
Page 300 - The misery of gaols is not half their evil : they are filled with every corruption which poverty and wickedness can generate between them; with all the shameless and profligate enormities that can be produced by the impudence of ignominy, the rage of want, and the malignity of despair.
Page 44 - By shameful variance betwixt man and man ! How many pine in want, and dungeon glooms, Shut from the common air...
Page 300 - In a prison the awe of the public eye is lost, and the power of the law is spent; there are few fears, there are no blushes. The lewd inflame the lewd, the audacious harden the audacious. Every one fortifies himself as he can against his own sensibility, endeavours to practise on others the arts which are practised on himself; and gains the kindness of his associates by similitude of manners.
Page 113 - That there is due, and ought to be paid, to the Clerk of the Papers, for his certificate of the...
Page 361 - The fourth appointed by his office was Poor prisoners to relieve with gracious aid, And captives to redeem with price of brass From Turks and Saracens, which them had stay'd ; And though they faulty were, yet well he weigh'd, That God to us forgiveth every hour Much more than that why they in bands were laid ; And he, that harrow'd hell with heavy stowre, The faulty souls from thence brought to his heav'nly bower.
Page 121 - Compter is now appropriated for the reception of debtors, felons, and other offenders, and also for vagrants and...

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