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The State of the Poor

The State of the Poor
Or, An History of the Labouring Classes in England, from the Conquest to the Present Period
3 Volume Set

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, General

  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108036900

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  • Sir Frederick Morton Eden (1766–1809) was an English writer and a pioneer social researcher. Eden studied at Christ Church, Oxford, and subsequently worked in banking and insurance, inheriting a baronetcy from his father, who had been the governor of the American province of Maryland, in 1784. Arguing that poverty could not be tackled without knowing what it actually meant to be poor, this innovative three-volume work is an attempt to define what poverty meant in concrete terms. The work is packed with data from across England, divided by county, and covering factors such as food prices, wages, diet and mortality rates. It begins with an explanation of the methods of data collection used, and outlines the various measures taken against poverty at different periods. Scotland is considered in an appendix.

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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108036900
    • dimensions: 297 x 211 x 100 mm
    • weight: 4.99kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Book I. Of the Poor, from the Conquest to the Present Period:
    1. Of the poor, from the Conquest to the Reformation
    2. Of the poor, from the Reformation to the Revolution
    3. Of the poor, from the Revolution to the present period
    Book II. Of National Establishments for the Maintenance of the Poor: Of the English Poor System: Proposed Amendments: Of the Diet, Dress, Fuel, and Habitation of the Labouring Classes in Great Britain: And of Friendly Societies:
    1. Of national establishments for the maintenance of the poor, of the English poor law, and of Mr. Pitt's proposed Bill for the better Relief of the Poor
    2. Of the diet, dress, fuel, and habitation, of the labouring classes
    3. Of friendly societies. Volume 2: Parochial Reports - England: Bedfordshire
    Suffolk. Volume 3: Parochial Reports - England: Surrey
    North Wales: Denbighshire
    South Wales: Pembrokeshire
    1. A comparative and chronological table of prices
    2. Wages appointed by statute, in 1495
    3. Wages of labourers, rated by justices at different periods
    4. Compositions paid by the different counties, in lieu of purveyance, in 1593
    5. Extracts from the Houshold Book of the Earl of Surrey, in 1523
    6. Extracts from Sir Edward Coke's houshold accounts, in 1596
    7. Regulations of a House of Correction at Bury, Suffolk, in 1589
    8. Principal Acts of Parliament concerning the poor
    9. Catalogue and titles of the statutes relating to the poor
    10. Account of the poor in Scotland
    11. Mr. Pitt's speech on 12th February 1796, and heads of his Poor Bill
    12. Expences and earnings of agricultural labourers, in various parts of England
    13. Prices of provisions in Suffolk, for five years
    14. Poor's rates, houses paying and exempted from window-tax, and population, in several parishes
    15. Mr. Bailey's computation of the quantity of meat, etc. necessary in work-houses
    16. Forms of registers for admissions, births, deaths, and apprenticeships of parish children
    17. Account of broad and narrow cloths, manufactured in the West Riding of Yorkshire, since 1726
    and county expences in the West Riding, for several years
    18. Catalogue of English publications concerning the poor
    19. Proposal for a County Bank in Cumberland
    20. Dr. Price's tables for regulating contributions and allowances in friendly societies
    21. Mr. Pitt's Poor Bill, as amended by the Committee of the House of Commons

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    Frederick Morton Eden

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