The Reports of the Society for bettering the condition and increasing the comforts of the poor. [Ed. by sir T. Bernard]. (1st-40th report, 1797-1817)., Volume 5

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Page 87 - ... a most unspeakable oppression to poor tenants (who if they give not bread, or some kind of provision to perhaps forty such villains in one day, are sure to be insulted by them) but they rob many poor people who live in houses distant from any neighbourhood. In years of plenty many thousands of them meet together in the mountains, where they feast and riot for many days; and at country weddings, markets, burials, and other the like public occasions, they are to be seen both men and women perpetually...
Page 86 - ... two hundred thousand people begging from door to door. These are not only no way advantageous, but a very grievous burden to so poor a country. And though the number of them be perhaps double to what it was formerly, by reason of this present great distress...
Page 61 - And though the number of them be perhaps double to what it was formerly, by reason of this present great distress, yet in all times there have been about one hundred thousand of those vagabonds, who have lived without any regard or subjection either to the laws of the land, or even those of God and nature ; fathers incestuously accompanying with their own daughters, the son with the mother, and the brother with the sister.
Page 71 - And though ye account the way of truth they walk in, heresy, yet therein do they exercise themselves, to have always a conscience void of offence towards God and man, as ye may read the saints of old did, (Acts xxiv.
Page 141 - ... time remitted him, except he had been considered both by the inspectors and the executive government as deserving it. This circumstance of permission to leave the prison before the time expressed in the sentence, is of great importance to the prisoners. For it operates as a certificate for them of their amendment to the world at large. Hence no stigma is attached to them for having been the inhabitants of a prison. It may be observed also, that some of the most orderly and industrious, and such...
Page 105 - ... been surprisingly small, so much so, as to form certainly no reasonable objection to the general adoption of vaccination ; for it appears that there are not nearly so many failures, in a given number of vaccinated persons, as there are deaths in an equal number of persons inoculated for the smallpox.
Page 132 - Walk thoughtful on the silent solemn shore Of that vast ocean it must sail so soon, And put good works on board, and wait the wind That shortly blows us into worlds unknown : If unconsider'd, too, a dreadful scene!
Page 138 - Extract from an account of cases of Typhus Fever, in which the affusion of Cold Water has been applied in the London House of Recovery, by WP Dunsdale, MD 1 2tno Lond.
Page 235 - A slight acquaintance with the peasantry of Scotland, will serve to convince an unprejudiced observer that they possess a degree of intelligence not generally found among the same class of men in the other countries of Europe. In the very humblest condition of the Scottish peasants every one can read, and most persons are more or less skilled in...
Page 61 - Such was the state of Scotland at the time when the present system of education was established. Jt is justly stated by Dr. Currie that, at the present day, there is perhaps no country in Europe, in which, in proportion to its population...

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