The Successful Application of the New Poor Law to the Parish of...
A Defense of the New Poor Law of 1834 Spencer, Thomas [1796-1853]. The Successful Application of the New Poor Law to the Parish of Hinton Charterhouse. Containing: 1. The Aspect of Pauperism Prior to the Passing of the New Poor Law. 2. The Removal of Abuses, and the Reduction of the Rates from ?700 to ?200 a Year. 3. Some of the Causes of the Outcry Against the New Poor Law. 4. An Address to the Higher Classes In Behalf of the Industrious Poor. London: James Ridgway and Son, 1836. 60 pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Recent plain paper boards, handwritten paper label to front board, endpapers renewed. Negligible light soiling to boards, some fading to spine. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing in a few places, slightly heavier to first and final few leaves, pencil annotation to title page, a few small pencil marks to margins of p. 59. $250. * Only edition. In 1834, English poor law was overhauled in response to the idea that poverty must be disincentivized by a harshening of conditions in workhouses and a sharp reduction in government support, a thesis promoted by figures like Malthus and Bentham. Despite the law's broad unpopularity (and ultimate failure to reduce poverty), Spencer, an Anglican clergyman, wrote many spirited defenses of the reforms on the grounds that the former system was too generous and incentivized idleness and greed among the poor. The present title details the impact of the reforms in Spencer's parish. OCLC locates 8 copies in North America, none in law libraries. Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 29678.
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