A History of the English Poor Law: In Connexion with the Legislation and Other Circumstances Affecting the Condition of the People, Volume 3

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Page 73 - threaten to abandon his wife and family unless more money is allowed him, threaten to abandon an aged bed-ridden mother, to turn her out of his house, and lay her down at the overseer's door, unless he is paid for giving her shelter ; he must hear parents threatening to follow
Page 139 - its passage through the committee stage. On the 26th of May it was announced that several members of the cabinet had resigned on a question of the Irish policy of the Government. Mr. Stanley, Secretary to the Colonies; Sir James Graham, First Lord of the Admiralty ; the Duke of Richmond, Postmaster-General ; and the Earl of
Page 13 - but to his wants. Before the Poor Law Amendment Act, nothing but the power of arbitrary punishment was wanting in the pauperised parishes to a complete system of prsedial slavery." The whole of our Poor Law legislation turns on the various interpretations given at different times to the duties and rights of settlement. At first the whole
Page 390 - occasion during one month into any casual ward of the same union (and for this purpose London is to be deemed one union), he shall not be entitled to discharge himself before 9 o'clock in the morning of the fourth day after his admission. By a series of Orders the proper authorities are empowered to relax these provisions for
Page 76 - Act was obviously to restrict profusion,—the profusion of the overseers. This interpretation is confirmed by the provision of the 8 & 9 William, cap. 30 : " To the end that the money, raised only for the relief of such as
Page 13 - object of the legislature was to confine the serf to the place where his labour was due. As Dr. Burn has remarked, the penalties enacted against the recalcitrant serf " make this part of English history look like the history of the savages in America. Almost all severities have been inflicted, except scalping.
Page 223 - trade. He feared, therefore, that the handloom weavers might continue " unwilling to surrender their imaginary independence, and prefer being enslaved by poverty, to the confinement and unvarying routine of factory employment." The natural increase of population would undoubtedly be insufficient to supply all the labour required for the projected expansion of industry. He
Page 7 - Bentinck, a political biography by B. Disraeli, p. 140. New edition, 1858), "heard Mr. Canning say that it was to the Poor Laws of this country that England owed her successful struggles with Europe and America; that they had reconciled the people to their burthens, and
Page 189 - and St. Jacob, one of the out-parishes of Bristol. " In one corner of the building I discovered," he says, " a most dismal, filthy looking room. ... It reminded me of a coal-cellar rather than the residence of a human being. The sole tenant of this miserable abode was a poor distressed lunatic. His appearance was pitiable in the extreme; his clothing was extremely ragged
Page 187 - was written out on a 5s. stamp, and attested by Daniel Cook, the brother of the husband, and Chippen, the governor of the workhouse " : — Copy. [5s. stamp.] June 17, 1815. Received of John Earl the sum of one shilling, in full, for my lawful wife, by me. HENRY C'OOK. DANIEL COOK > „,. JOHN

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