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of relief * They tmd suggested the mode which hfi foiwerly submitted to the House , under the idea that it would produce less change than any other in the existing system . They ^ rewftHng , however , to 'receive the reUef which they sought , in whatever manner the legislature might think proper to concede k . The petition was then ordered to be printed *
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Poor Relief Bill . July 2 . On the question that this Bill be recommitted ,
Mr . Scarlett said , at this period of the session he felt it would be unavailing to press this Bill , or even to endeavour to revive the discussion upon it . He , therefore , rose only to state the circumstances in which he found it most expedient to withdraw the Bill . The House
wauld do him the honour to remember , that when he had introduced this measure , he had been by no means sanguine that he could carry it through the House this session . He had never wished to carry this measure , nor would he wish to cany any measure without full discussion . Circumstances over which he had no
controul had , however , prevented the discussion of this measure to the extent that he had wished , and , therefore , he would not press it any further at this period , ( Hear , hear , from Sir Robert Wilson . ) He would endeavour next session to
contend with the gallant General , either by single or double combat . He would in the mean time brush up his law , in order to be prepared for the encounter . ( A Jaugh . ) He hoped the gallant General would not be more successful than he
ought to be . There were many things connected with this subject , which were calculated to influence the public mind . He had never altered his conviction on the subject for thirty years , and during that time he had had occasion to attend
to it , and to inquire into its evils . He considered the system of poor-laws most oppressive in itself , and most degrading to the labouring classes ; and his object was to restore the wholesome principles of liberty and independence , which were deeply compromised and threatened with
entire extinction by the present system . ( Hear , hear . ) He proposed to renew the "ill next session ; he would not pledge himself to the very terms , but the substance would be the same . | pk hoped that the measure would be attended next
session with a greater degree of discussion . He would at the same time propose another bill for the purpose of regu-Jatmg and modifying the system ; with the view particularly of specifying the "ttoral claims for relief , which demanded
attention , and ^ of checking tite ^ t § & ^ gance of management which im& ~ s&g& nerally iffeit . As an instance of tfcesi
regulations , fee might mention that he would suggest the alteration of that past of the law which respected the opeir&tien of the militia laws , when a man ha ^ iiwo children . He now begged leave tc * withdraw the Bill .
Sir Robert Wilson said , that as the honourable and learned gentleman had given notice of his intention ^ he now gave notice that he would be at his post ready to dispute every inch of ground , and in the mean time he would endeavour to qualify himself for the constek . Mr . H . GuKmm ? said he could not &&OW
this Bill to be withdrawn , without a protest , and strong protest , against the principle on which it was founded . The honourable member then entered into some origin and principle of tktfs ^ poorlaws , and referred ,, for confirmation of his opinions , to Harrison ' s Preface to Hollingshead . Before any change shottld
fte sanctioned in the principl # of the poorlaws , he hoped the House at least , if not the honourable and learned gent&emafci , would well consider the subject . When the Bill proposed to obstruct the marriage of the pQO *^ - (** No , no / 1 from Mr . Scarlett )*** when it was founded upon Mr . Malthus ' s system , he could not but viewit with abhorrence . Such a measure
would not leave an Englishman to -till the ground . He hoped the House would not be insulted again by Mr . MadtKusfs rayings , which w £ re entirely destitute of truth ; every page of history , every chapter of Sacred Scripture , every plsovlnce uncultivated , refuted the doctrines % fcfc ! i he maintained .
Dr . Lushington said , that hie wottM certainly oppose such a Bill , if fce believed that it tended to degrade the poor ; * but his settled conviction was , thato the increase of poor ' s-rates -was an increase of distress to the poor . If he failed to
express this conviction from a « $ unpopularity to which it might expose Mm , he should prove himself destitute of ittoral courage . H ( ear . ) The effect of the present laws was to oblige the industrious and prudent to support the improvident
and thoughtless ; to mulct the single individual for the support of the married individual . ( Hear , near . ) Every country long inhabited hiad been obliged to have recourse to emigration . Why should England be thought an exception ?• The Bill prohibiting artificers frdih emigmtiijg was utterly unjust in its principle . We was glad , however , that the Bill ofy&js honourable aEifA Iearited Mend w&s
imthdrawn for the present ; the puhlle ' # | ss , the great iristrurnent of discussion wffps country , would in the tneati timeexamraie
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1821, page 499, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2503/page/59/