Report from His Majesty's Commissioners for Inquiring Into the Administration and Practical Operation of the Poor Laws Volume 1

Report from His Majesty's Commissioners for Inquiring Into the Administration and Practical Operation of the Poor Laws 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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ... laid down when he intends to plough it at the recurrence of the season? Who shall determine where down land ceases and meadow begins? Who shall determine when water ineadow is in a fit-state to admit labour upon it? What shall constitute "working as a labourer?" Is the farmer_ who works one day in the year as such to be exempt, or is the man who can prove that he worked twelve hours a day during a whole year, with the exception of a. few days, to be denied his claim to be reckoned a labourer because he did not work those few da s? Again, as between the farmers and the rate-payers genera ly. The farmers may vote all the arable land in the parish inferior, and requiring a less quantity of labour; they may vote the pasture to be down land, or a species of poor marsh, or unfit to bear labour; they may vote that all farmers and their sons have performed the labour necessary to include them as agricultural labourers, and such occurrences might follow as are described in the following communication from Mr. Griffin of Send and Ripley: ---" Farmers having any number of sons were allowed to rate them as labourers out of this rate, so that we have now yeomanry paupers, hunting, shooting, and riding about the country, enjoying themselves on labourers' allowances." With the utmost care of the legislature, most of these means of oppression must remain open. The legislature cannot arran the detail requisite for every parish even for one year, and on t e details depends the working of the general provisions. Even were it possible to prevent injustice between the ratepayers of the same parish, it would be impossible to prevent injustice between parish and parish. In almost every labour-rate which we have seen, -a provision...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236828364
  • 9781236828361