Parliamentary Papers, Volume 31

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H.M. Stationery Office, 1836 - Great Britain

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Page 75 - If I had a blanket to cover her, I would marry the woman I liked ; and if I could get potatoes enough to put into my children's mouths, I would be as happy and content as any man, and think myself as happy off as my Lord Dunlo.
Page 1 - What on the whole might an average labourer, obtaining an average amount of employment, both in day-work and piece-work, expect to earn in the year, including harvest-work and the value of all his other advantages and means of living, except parish relief? And what...
Page 91 - Thus, according to her statement, her week's wages amounted to 8^d. ; but the labourers present all said that their wives did not earn, by spinning, more than a penny a day, and that the factory at Castlewellan had destroyed the spinning business for women. A little girl might get eight shillings in the half-year for herding cattle, but is sure to be sent home in the winter ; children do not get anything for hoeing or weeding, except perhaps a penny or their...
Page 100 - The amount given in this way by farmers, small occupiers, and often by labourers themselves, is incredible. The political and sectarian animosity, the absenteeism, and the other causes which have so unfortunately estranged the upper and lower classes from each other, and which too often shut the portals of the rich against the poor, have undoubtedly in the same proportion drawn closer the ties between the Roman Catholic clergy, the farmers, the small occupiers, and the labourers...
Page 21 - There are two wet seasons, from the middle of April to the middle of August, and from the middle of November to the end of January.
Page 357 - Simpson's evidence before the commissioners appointed by his majesty to inquire into the state of the supply of water...
Page 1 - The first of them inquires, how much the labourer's wife, and four children, all of an age to work (the eldest not more than sixteen), might earn within the year?
Page 59 - R. cc, having had the foregoing evidence read to him, said, — " I know that a feeling would exist, and a very strong one, in favour of giving work to a man under such circumstances, because he was in a forlorn condition, having risked his life in the popular cause, having put an end to an oppressive landlord, tithe collector, &c.
Page 5 - ... lights, and the winding-sheet will be eight or ten shillings more. Most frequently the priest gets nothing." Here, as elsewhere, premature marriages are the rule amongst the labouring classes, and not the exception. A very large portion are married before the age of 21, some even as early as 18 ; and very few turn their attention to making any provision before they contract the important obligation. " What," said Neal, a labourer, EARLY MARRIAGES.

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