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" These are not only no way advantageous, but a very grievous burden to so poor a country. And though the number of them be perhaps double to what it was formerly, by reason of this present great distress, yet in all times there have been about one hundred... "
Guy Mannering, Or, The Astrologer - Page 98
by Walter Scott - 1815 - 358 pages
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The Early History of English poor Relief

...various diseases) 200,000 people begging from door to door. These are not only no ways advantageous, but a very grievous burden to so poor a country, and...perhaps double to what it was formerly, by reason of the present great distress, yet in all times there have been about 100,000 of these vagabonds who have...
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The North American Review, Volume 47

Jared Sparks, Edward Everett, James Russell Lowell, Henry Cabot Lodge - American fiction - 1838
...declared, that, "There are at this day in Scotland, two hundred thousand people begging from door to door. And though the number of them be perhaps double to...formerly, by reason of this present great distress (a famine then prevailed), yet in all times there have been about one hundred thousand of these vagabonds,...
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The Quarterly Journal of Agriculture

William Blackwood - 1842
...various diseases, 200,000 people begging from door to door. These are not only no way advantageous, but a very grievous burden to so poor a country. And though the number of them be perhaps double of what it was formerly, by reason of this present great distress, yet in all times there have been...
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