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A Handy Book for Guardians of the Poor

A Handy Book for Guardians of the Poor
Being a Complete Manual of the Duties of the Office, the Treatment of Typical Cases, with Practical Examples, etc., etc.

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century

  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108036856


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About the Authors
  • George C. T. Bartley KCB (1842–1910) spent twenty years as a civil servant, becoming Assistant Director in the Art and Science Department, before standing for election as a Conservative MP. He was elected in 1885 as the Member for Islington. He was a Justice of the Peace for Middlesex and Westminster, and also founded the National Penny Bank. Bartley had a keen interest in social issues, particularly poverty and education, and he wrote several books on these subjects, as well as numerous penny pamphlets aimed at improving the lives of the working class. Published in 1876, this book was based on Bartley's experiences as a Guardian of the Poor - an administrator for the Poor Law of 1834. It was written as a practical guide for anyone wishing to become involved in administering poor relief under the terms of the Poor Law.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108036856
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. General:
    1. The election
    2. First experience
    Part II. Special Evils Consequent on Relief and their Treatment:
    3. The habit of dependence on the Parish and its treatment
    4. The habit of indolence and its treatment
    5. The want of thrift and its treatment
    6. The habit of deception and its treatment
    7. The habit of children neglecting their parents and its treatment
    Part III. Out and In-door Relief in Ordinary Cases:
    8. Sickness and its treatment
    9. Widows and their treatment
    10. Deserted wives and their treatment
    11. Drunkenness and its treatment
    12. Extravagant paupers and their treatment
    13. Imposture in illness and its treatment
    14. The spread of contagious diseases and its treatment
    15. Non-resident cases and their treatment
    16. Casuals and their treatment
    17. Illegitimate births in the workhouse
    18. Miscellaneous in and out-door relief experiences
    Part IV. Anomalies and Peculiarities of Poor-Law Relief:
    19. Rich paupers
    20. Honest paupers
    21. Weekly receipts from the Parish, from alms, etc.
    22. Periodical exodus from the workhouse
    23. Injudicious advice
    24. Domestic pauper life
    25. Paupers' creches
    Part V. Permanent Remedial Measures:
    26. The workhouse schools
    27. Education of the children of out-door paupers
    28. The rigid investigation of each application for relief
    29. The harmonious co-operation between charity and legal relief
    30. Relief on loan
    Part VI. Miscellaneous:
    31. Ex-officio Guardians
    32. Women as Guardians of the Poor
    33. Conferences of Poor-Law Guardians
    34. Foundlings
    35. Guardians as contractors or sub-contractors in the supply of goods to the Parish
    36. The keeping of pigs in workhouse grounds
    37. Increases in salaries and wages
    38. The Law of Settlement
    39. The treatment of blind, deaf and dumb, lame, deformed, idiotic, imbecile, insane, and other permanently afflicted classes of the poor
    40. Conclusion. The second election.

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    George C. T. Bartley

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