[The Old Poor Law in the late Nineteenth Century.] Anonymous Manuscript Document, calling in forthright terms for the amending of 'The Plan of the Poor Laws of England', to weed out 'the loose Profligate and those who do not like work'.

[The Old Poor Law; English Poor Laws; eighteenth-century poor relief]
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Without place or date. [English, late eighteenth century.]

2pp, foolscap 8vo. On the rectos of the leaves of a bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. On laid paper with indistinct watermark. The context of the document, with the capitalisation and spelling ('mechanick', 'shou'd', 'Publick', 'tyed down', 'lookt', 'Profitt'), points to a late eighteenth-century origin (certainly before the Speenhamland System and Michael Nolan's 1805 'Treatise of the Laws for the Relief and Settlement of the Poor'). No title or heading. A forthright document, whose rhetorical tone suggests that it was intended for public delivery.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] Speech of Mr. G. Shaw Lefevre, M.P., on bringing in "The Bill to amend the Law with respect to the Property of Married Women." In the House of Commons, April 21st, 1868.

G. Shaw Lefevre, M.P. [the Committee in support of the Married Women's Property Bill; Alexander Ireland, Manchester printer] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
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Manchester: A. Ireland & Co., Printers, Pall Mall. 1868. [On reverse of title: 'Printed, by permission, for the Committee in support of the Married Women's Property Bill.']

12pp., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and worn, no wraps, disbound, with pencil annotations to title-page. Copies listed on COPAC etc

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