Excerpt from Diary of John Evelyn Esq., F. R. S, Vol. 4: To Which Are Added a Selection From His Familiar Letters and the Private Correspondence Between King Charles I. And Sir Edward Nicholas and Between Sir Edward Hyde (Afterwards Earl of Clarendon) And Sir Richard Browne
To these should likewise be com'itted the care of the Manufactures of the kingdome, with stock for employment of the poore; by which might be mode rated that unreasonable statute for their relief as now in force) occasioning more idle persons, w charge the publi without all reamedy, than other wix there woul be, insuﬂ'erably burdening the parishes, by being made to earne their bread honestly, who now cate it in idleness, take it out of the mouthes of the truely indigent, much inferior in num ber, worthy ob'ects of charity.
It is by such a Council that the swarmes of private traders, who, tho' not appearing in mighty torrents streames, yet like a conﬂuence of silent, almost in discernable, but in'umerable riveletts, do evidently draine exhaust the greater kydropkylacia maga zines, nay the very vital blood of trade, where there is no follower to supply those many issues, without which the constitution of the body politic, like the natural, needes must fail for want of nourishment recruits. But whom this article affects I have spoken in my discourse of Mony.
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