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The means of reforming the morals of the poor, by the prevention of poverty; and a plan for meliorating the condition of parish paupers, and diminishing the enormous expence of maintaining them.
London: John Hatchard. 1801. 8vo., xx + (5) - 157 + (6)pp., including the half-title, errata leaf and leaf of advertisements, a little foxing in lower margins, original wrappers, rebacked, entirely uncut. An excellent copy. First edition. An interesting and really quite uncommon essay by a member of the Royal College of Surgeons who had evidently read Henry Fielding's long out-of-print Proposal for making provision for the poor> (1753) as well as Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations,> Kames, Blackstone, Paley, David Davies (Case of labourers considered>), Montesquieu, Count Rumford, &c. &c. The eleven chapters include: Means proposed for regulating wages, and relieving industrious labourers who have many children; The increase of parish paupers, from the poverty that arises from licentiousness, depravity, and corruption; A plan for preventing poverty, in establishing societies for encouraging and supporting, by honesty and sobriety, the virtue of frugal industry;> and On the ill consequences of apprenticing the children of the poor to those that are incapable either to maintain or instruct them> .....'.
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