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THE

OUARTERLY REVIEW

JANUARY, 1818.

Art. I. 1, 1. Reports from the Select Committee on the Poor Laws. July, 1817. March, 1818.

3. Considerations on the Poor Laws. By John Davison, M. A. Fellow of Oriel College.

4. Observations on the Impolicy, Abuses, and False Interpretation of the Poor Lazes; and on the Reports of the Two Houses of Parliament. By John, Earl of Sheffield.

TN the account of his own conduct and views, which Louis XIV. •*- drew up for the instruction of his son, is the following remarkable passage:—Si Dieu me fait la grace d'executer tout ce que fai dans I'esprit, je tdcherai de porter la felicite de mon regne, jusqu'a faire en sorte, non pas a la verite qu'il n'y ait plus ni pauvre ni riche, car la fortune, Tindustrie, et I'esprit laisseront eternellement cette distinction entre les hommes; mais au mains qu'on ne voie plus dans tout le royanme, ni indigence, ni mendicite; je veux dire, personne, quelque miserable qu'elle puisse fare, qui ne soit assuree de sa subsistance, ou par son travail, ou par un secours ordinaire et regie. What Louis XIV. thus proposed to himself as the last and greatest object of his ambition, and the highest degree of excellence to which the internal policy of his kingdom could be carried, had here been effected. A provision for all persons, who were unable to provide for themselves, existed, at that time, in England, and had existed for more than a century. That such a provision ought to exist in every civilized country, is uncontrovertible ; that England should be the only country in which it exists, is indeed honourable to the English character. If, in its consequences, it should be found to have increased the evils which it was designed to mitigate, the cause must be sought for in the injudicious application of the principle, not in the principle itself.

At the conclusion of Burnet's History of his own Times, (a book of which the great and standard value is in no degree lessened by the ridicule with which it was assailed,) that excellent bishop speaks of two great measures which particularly required the care of Parliament. First, that the law, which he affirmed to be the greatest grievance of the nation, should be ' made shorter, Vol.xviii. No. xxxvi. R clearer, clearer, more certain, and of less expense.' 'The other matter,' said he, 'is about the poor, and should be much laid to heart. It may be thought a strange motion from a bishop to wish that theact for Charging every parish to maintain their own poor were well reviewed, if not quite taken away: this seems to encourage idle and lazy people in their sloth, when they know they must be maintained. I know no other place iu the world where such a law was ever made. Scotland is much the poorest part of the island, yet the poor there are maintained by the voluntary charities of the people. Holland ii the perfectest pattern for putting charity in a good method: the poor work as much as they can; they are humble and industrious; they never ask any charity, and yet they are well relieved. When the poor see that their supply must in a great measure depend on their behaviour, and on their industry as far as it can go, it will both make them better in themselves, and move others to supply them more liberally.—All this must begin in the House of Commons; and I leave it,' he continues, ' to the consideration of the wise and worthy members of that body, to turn their thoughts to this, as soon as'by a happy peace we are delivered from the cares of the war, and and are at leisure to think of our own affairs at home.'

Something more than a century has elapsed since Bishop Burnet thus expressed himself at the close of Queen Anne's wars, when Marlborough's victorious career had been so scandalously terminated by the peace of Utrecht. In our days a more arduous struggle has been closed by a victory more signal than even Marlborough atchieved, and by a peace whereby the great objects of the long contest have been secured. The subject of the poor laws is now brought before the legislature as Burnet in his time vainly desired; and after having gloriously concluded the most perilous and obstinate war in which these kingdoms ever were engaged, we have now to contend with, and triumph over the greatest domestic evil. It is no little encouragement to perceive that only one opinion prevails concerning the magnitude of the evil, and the necessity of adopting remedial measures; as little difference does there appear to be concerning the nature of the evil, even among those who are habitually opposed to each other on other subjects: and when a similarity of opinion is found between men whose views upon the fundamental principles, not of literature alone, but of the most important subjects in which the dearest interests of mankind are involved, are as opposite aj light and darkness, it may be presumed that the point upon which they are agreed has very much the force and character of a general truth. Hence we would gladly infer that on this occasion no feelings of party are likely to intrude; that the question will continue to be considered as one in which the common interest is concerned; and that men of all descriptions will unite iu checking the

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