A History of the English Poor Law Volume 1

A History of the English Poor Law Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...last step was at length taken, of giving a certainty to each, so far as it is susceptible of being attained by legislative enactment. Man's natural wants, and his desire to obtain the comforts and conveniences of life, will generally operate as suflicient stimulants to exertion; but in every community there will be certain individuals so feebly constituted, either physically or mentally, as to be unequal to the task of providing for themselves; and there will likewise be some whose moral qualities are of so low a standard, that, although not labouring under bodily or mental infirmity, yet the motives which actuate others fail of influencing them, and they are foiuid naturally idle, and indisposed or unequal to continuous effort or application of any kind. These two classes are properly objects of care in every community. They are the weak parts of the social fabric, and must be looked after and regarded as a common charge. To these two classes may be added a third, the violent, insubordinate, and vicious, whose numbers will in great measure depend upon the state of society and the circumstances of the times, and who are the fit objects for penal legislation. But individuals of this last class will nevertheless not unfrequently endeavour to prey upon the 'community under the guise of, and by mingling with, one or other of the two first-named classes. From this class chiefly came the sturdy vagabonds, " mighty in body," so often complained of in the earlier statutes, and against whom the severest enactments were directed. The three classes here described, differing essentially each from the other, and not having by any means the same claims for sympathy and assistance, are yet included under the general designation...show more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236954742
  • 9781236954749