Letters and Other Writings of the Late Edward Denison, M.P. for Newark

Letters and Other Writings of the Late Edward Denison, M.P. for Newark

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ... this circumlocution advisedly, in presence of reckless talk about 'the law' and 'the State, ' which seems to obscure the fact that pauper Smith, of No.--, in Queer Street, is, and can only be, supported by the alms of Brown, Jones, and Robinson, just round the corner, and not by the mysterious and wealthy stranger who seems to embody the idea entertained of the State by too many philanthropists. The spirit of Christian charity is happily combined in this remarkable paper with regard for economic truth, and if we could hope that most metropolitan unions are ready heartily to adopt its recommendations we might look forward to a speedy and permanent reduction of metropolitan destitution. Unfortunately we are in the dark as to the degree of unanimity among the representative Guardians which this report implies, and the degree of acceptance it will meet with from those whom they represent is still more problematical. I feel, however, so convinced of the soundness of the principles therein laid down, and of the expediency of the practical measures proposed, that I am anxious to press them upon the favourable notice of your readers. The most satisfactory feature of this report is the importance it assigns to the labour test, and the sound doctrines it propounds respecting it. The truth is, the method of applying a labour test has yet to be evolved, aid on the direction taken in this matter it depends whether we succeed in leading back our paupers into the path of independent industry, or drag the whole nation into that vortex of public works which leads inevitably to the bottomless pit of Communism. The framers of the Poor Law of 1834 never seriously considered how they could find work for the destitute. They only wanted a disagreeable and deterrent...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236649532
  • 9781236649539