The State of the Poor: Volume 3

The State of the Poor: Volume 3 : Or, An History of the Labouring Classes in England, from the Conquest to the Present Period

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Sir Frederick Morton Eden (1766-1809) was an English writer and a pioneer social researcher. Eden studied at Christ Church, Oxford, and subsequently worked in banking and insurance, inheriting a baronetcy from his father, who had been the governor of the American province of Maryland, in 1784. Arguing that poverty could not be tackled without knowing what it actually meant to be poor, this innovative three-volume work is an attempt to define what poverty meant in concrete terms. It is packed with data from across England, divided by county, and covering factors such as food prices, wages, diet and mortality rates. Volume 3 presents the second set of reports on living conditions of the poor in the various English counties, sorted alphabetically from Surrey to Yorkshire, and the Welsh counties. A study of Scotland's poor is included in an more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139095269
  • 9781139095266

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Parochial Reports - England: Surrey; Sussex; Warwickshire; Westmoreland; Wiltshire; Worcestershire; Yorkshire; North Wales: Denbighshire; South Wales: Pembrokeshire; Radnorshire; Appendix: 1. A comparative and chronological table of prices; 2. Wages appointed by statute, in 1495; 3. Wages of labourers, rated by justices at different periods; 4. Compositions paid by the different counties, in lieu of purveyance, in 1593; 5. Extracts from the Houshold Book of the Earl of Surrey, in 1523; 6. Extracts from Sir Edward Coke's houshold accounts, in 1596; 7. Regulations of a House of Correction at Bury, Suffolk, in 1589; 8. Principal Acts of Parliament concerning the poor; 9. Catalogue and titles of the statutes relating to the poor; 10. Account of the poor in Scotland; 11. Mr. Pitt's speech on 12th February 1796, and heads of his Poor Bill; 12. Expences and earnings of agricultural labourers, in various parts of England; 13. Prices of provisions in Suffolk, for five years; 14. Poor's rates, houses paying and exempted from window-tax, and population, in several parishes; 15. Mr. Bailey's computation of the quantity of meat, etc. necessary in work-houses; 16. Forms of registers for admissions, births, deaths, and apprenticeships of parish children; 17. Account of broad and narrow cloths, manufactured in the West Riding of Yorkshire, since 1726; and county expences in the West Riding, for several years; 18. Catalogue of English publications concerning the poor; 19. Proposal for a County Bank in Cumberland; 20. Dr. Price's tables for regulating contributions and allowances in friendly societies; 21. Mr. Pitt's Poor Bill, as amended by the Committee of the House of Commons; more