London labour and the London poor, Volume 1

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Griffin, Bohn, 1861 - Charities

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Really really helpful to have this online. A fabulous resource for finding out what life on the mean streets of Victorian London was really like.
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Page 92 - ... running at full speed would pull up to touch their hair, and the stall-women would rise from their baskets; while all noise — even a quarrel — ceased until he had passed by. Still there was no look of fear in the people. He called them all by their names, and asked after their families, and once or twice, the "father...
Page 376 - ... provided that the assistance is not such as to dispense with self-help, by substituting itself for the person's own labour, skill, and prudence, but is limited to affording him a better hope of attaining success by those legitimate means. This accordingly is a test to which all plans of philanthropy and benevolence should be brought, whether intended for the benefit of individuals or of classes, and whether conducted on the voluntary or on the government principle.
Page 45 - Vagabond above the age of fourteen years shall be adjudged to be grievously whipped and burned through the Gristle of the right Ear with a hot Iron of the Compass of an Inch, unless some credible Person will take him into Service for a Year.
Page 306 - I ever wish to change such hours of freedom for all the luxuries of civilised life ; and. unnatural and extraordinary as it may appear, yet such is the fascination of the life of the mountain hunter, that I believe...
Page 306 - Although liable to an accusation of barbarism, I must confess that the very happiest moments of my life have been spent in the wilderness of the far West; and I never recall but with pleasure the remembrance of my solitary camp in the Bayou Salado, with no friend near me more faithful than my rifle, and no companions more sociable than my good horse and mules, or the attendant coyote which nightly serenaded us.
Page 88 - What would the Duke of Bedford's market in Covent-garden be without them ? This question elicited loud applause. Several other persons followed with statements of a similar character, which were listened to with interest ; but from their general sameness it is not necessary to repeat them here. After occupying nearly four hours, the proceedings were brought to a close by a vote of thanks, and the " street-sellers, performers, and labourers," separated in a most orderly manner.
Page 393 - They were all thieves and bad girls. I have known between three and four dozen boys and girls sleep in one room. The beds were horrid filthy and full of vermin. There was very wicked carryings on.
Page 92 - The room was rudely enough furnished, and the only decent table was covered with a new piece of varnished cloth ; still before a rude print of our Saviour there were placed two old plated candlesticks, pink, with the copper shining through; and here it was that she told her beads. In her bed-room, too, was a coloured engraving of the "Blessed Lady," which she never passed without curtseying to.
Page 206 - mob" or "school" of the running patterers (for both those words are used), and consists of two, three, or four men. All these men state that the greater the noise they make, the better is the chance of sale, and better still when the noise is on each side of a street, for it appears as if the vendors were proclaiming such interesting or important intelligence, that they were vieing with one another who should supply the demand which must ensue.
Page 393 - I'd had her to run away to. I saw things between almost children that I can't describe to you — very often I saw them, and that shocked me. At the month's end, when I was beat out, I met with a young man of fifteen — I myself was going on to twelve years old — and he persuaded me to take up with him. I stayed with him three months in the same lodging-house, living with him as his wife, though we were mere children, and being true to him. At the three months' end he was taken up for picking...

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