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Essays on the principles of charitable institutions: being an attempt to ascertain what are the plans best adapted to improve the physical and moral condition of the lower orders in England.
London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman. 1836. 8vo., xv + (1) + 371 + (1)pp., followed by a 12-page booklist, original green cloth with printed spine label, uncut. A very good copy. First edition: uncommon. Goldsmiths 29623. Kress C.4117. A second part was projected, [but was never published due to the author's illness,] for which there is a prospectus at the end of the volume (pp.367-371). The author (sadly anonymous) of this particularly thoughtful study of the real ends of pre-Victorian charity presents his theme in the context of current government and public policy towards the poor. 'The well being of a large portion of the community ... seems so materially to depend on a thorough investigation of what constitutes the real interests of the poor, that it is thought desirable another season should not be suffered to pass without an endeavour to call the attention of the public to a subject of such great importance'. (pp. v-vi). The unfinished work is a collection of nine linked essays, of which the first five attempt to analyse the causes of poverty - 'external', 'moral', and 'on that poverty which arises from individual and blameless misfortune, and on the remedial principles which are appropriate to it'. The remaining essays (p.138 onwards) consider charities for the poor and the relief of indigence, support charities (e.g. loan funds, provident associations, friendly benefit clubs and savings' banks), and, finally, public or government schemes, including cheap food programmes, employment opportunities, home colonization of waste lands, cottage farms, all … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: John Drury Rare Books [United Kingdom]
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