A letter ... to the magistrates of Berkshire, upon their newly-established practice of consigning prisoners to solitary confinement before trial

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Sida 85 - There cannot a greater judgment befall a country than such a dreadful spirit of division as rends a government into two distinct people, and makes them greater strangers, and more averse to one another, than if they were actually two different nations. The effects of such a division are pernicious to the last degree, not only with regard to those advantages which they give the common enemy, but to those private evils which they produce in the heart of almost every particular person. This influence...
Sida 87 - Remedy, by the advice & assent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and at the request of the said Commons...
Sida 19 - They are plentifully furnished with all instruments of husbandry, and all other things that are requisite to the accomplishment of a quiet and wealthy life, according to their estates and degrees.
Sida 33 - ... the rent at which the same might reasonably be expected to let from year to year, free of all usual tenants' rates and taxes, and tithe commutation rent-charge, if any, and deducting therefrom the probable average annual cost of the repairs, insurance, and other expenses, if any, necessary to maintain them in a state to command such rent...
Sida 20 - ... of life can be enlarged, other than by accelerating the increase of capital as compared with population, or by retarding the increase of population as compared with capital : and every scheme for improving the condition of the labourer, which is not bottomed on this principle, or which has not an increase of the ratio of capital to population for its object, must be completely nugatory and ineffectual.
Sida 26 - Train up thy children, England ! in the ways Of righteousness, and feed them with the bread Of wholesome doctrine. Where hast thou thy mines But in their industry ? Thy bulwarks where but in their breasts ? Thy might but in their arms ? Shall not their numbers therefore be thy wealth, Thy strength, thy power, thy safety, and thy pride...
Sida 82 - ... of the poor, and increased and increasing amount of the sums raised for their relief, that this system is perpetually encouraging and increasing the amount of misery it was designed to alleviate, creating at the same time an unlimited demand on funds which it cannot augment; and as every system of relief, founded on compulsory enactments, must be divested of the character of benevolence, so it is without its...
Sida 32 - No rate for the relief of the poor in England and Wales shall be allowed by any justices, or be of any force, which shall not be made upon an estimate of the net annual value of the several hereditaments rated thereunto ; that is to say, of the rent at which the same might reasonably be expected to let from year to year...
Sida 53 - Westminster, by imposing a similar duty; both sides protesting that it should be continued no longer than to the end of the war, and then be utterly abolished...
Sida 4 - It is a truth which admits not a doubt that the comforts and well-being of the poor cannot be permanently secured without some regard on their part, or some effort on the part of the legislature, to regulate the increase of their numbers, and to render less frequent among them early and improvident marriages.

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