A compendium of the operations of the Poor Law Amendment Act: with some practical observations on its present results, and future apparent usefulness

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Hatchard, 1836 - Poor laws - 127 pages
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Page 72 - Tarry a little ; there is something else. This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood ; The words expressly are ' a pound of flesh : ' Take then thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh ; But, in the cutting it, if thou dost shed One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate Unto the state of Venice.
Page i - We must not make a scare-crow of the law, ' Setting it up to fear the birds of prey, And let it keep one shape, till custom make it Their perch, and not their terror.
Page 31 - Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay: Princes and lords may flourish, or may fade; A breath can make them, as a breath has made: But a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed, can never be supplied.
Page 21 - ... em as much victuals as ever they can eat.' It should, however, be observed that we detected a clause in this Act which it is only fair should be explained. It is very true, that the ploughman in the •workhouse receives as much as ever he can eat — ' Provided always,' says the unwritten code, ' that he clears his plate before he asks for more.' In order, therefore, to obtain a third edition of meat, he must previously manage to swallow greens and potatoes enough to choke a pig, and as he is...
Page 35 - I have taken note of it ; the age is grown so picked that the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier, he galls his kibe.— How long hast thou been a grave-maker?
Page 21 - And censure freely who have written well. Authors are partial to their wit, 'tis true, But are not critics to their judgment too?
Page 68 - TH' unbusied shepherd, stretch'd beneath the hawthorn, His careless limbs thrown out in wanton ease, With thoughtless gaze perusing the arch'd heavens, And idly whistling while his sheep feed round him, Enjoys a sweeter shade than that of canopies Hemm'd in with cares, and shook by storms of treason.
Page 19 - In one large room are found sitting in silence a group of motionless wornout men ' with age grown double,' but neither ' picking dry sticks' nor ' mumbling to themselves.' With nothing to do — with nothing to cheer them — with nothing in this world to hope for — with nothing to fear — gnarled into all sorts of attitudes, they look more like pieces of ship-timber than men. In another room are seen huddled together in similar attitudes a number of old exhausted women, clean, tidy, but speechless...
Page 18 - delightfully situate," and fit for the residence of a " county member" or " NOBLEMAN OF RANK." Modestly retired from the road, it yet proudly overlooks a meandering stream, and the dignity of its elevation, the elegant chasteness of its architecture, the massive structure of its walls, its broad double staircase, its spacious halls, its lofty bed-rooms, and its large windows, form altogether
Page 22 - Their system of robbing coin for their horses has, they believe, been almost sanctioned by custom into law ; and as, with something like justice, they conceive they are entitled to be higher fed than the scale established for the pauper, nothing they can honestly gain can possibly be sufficient to make them contented. And...

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