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OBSERVATIONS

ON

THE STATE

OF THE

INDIGENT POOR IN IRELAND.

ON

THE STATE

OF THE

INDIGENT POOR IN IRELAND,

AND

THE EXISTING INSTITUTIONS FOR THEIR RELIEF:

BEING A SEQUEL TO

“ THE PRINCIPLE OF THE ENGLISH POOR LAWS

ILLUSTRATED AND DEFENDED.”

BY FREDERICK PAGE, Esq.

ONE OF HIS MAJESTY'S DEPUTY LIEUTENANTS FOR THE COUNTY

OF BERKS.

LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY LONGMAN, REES, ORME, BROWN, AND GREEN ;

HATCHARD AND SON; WHITMORE AND FENN:

AND MILLIKEN AND SON, DUBLIN.

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PRINTED BY RICHARD TAYLOR, RED LION COURT, FLEET STREET. ON

Τ Η Ε S Τ Α Τ Ε

OF THE

INDIGENT POOR IN IRELAND,

AND THE

EXISTING INSTITUTIONS FOR THEIR RELIEF.

I HAVE endeavoured to establish, in the work entitled “The Principles of the English Poor Laws defended and illustrated,” to which these Observations are intended to form a sequel, the doctrines, That it is the duty of the rich to relieve the poor, and the concurrent right of the poor to be relieved by the rich; and the historical fact, that as nations advance in civilization, those rights and those duties are embodied into practical systems.

Unconnected with Ireland, educated as a member of the Established Church of England, and certainly not approving the doctrines and usages of the Roman Catholic Church, I had long deplored the continuance of the remnant of those iniquitous penal laws, which, pressing like an incubus upon that unhappy country, had alienated the minds of a large portion of its inhabitants from the British government, and tended not only to tear asunder the nearest and dearest con

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