ID: 27596
The causes and remedies of pauperism in the United Kingdom considered.

HORTON, Robert, Wilmot, The causes and remedies of pauperism in the United Kingdom considered. London: Edmund Lloyd. 1830.

5 vols. in one, 8vo., with various paginations (but all complete), with a folding table in the 4th series, bound together in contemporary calf gilt and labelled, marbled edges, a little wear to extremities, some loss to head of upper joint else an excellent crisp set.

First editions of all five pamphlets.

This is an influential series of pamphlets in which Horton added weight to the growing attack on the Poor Laws as operated before the Poor Law Amendment Act> of 1834. Like Poulett Scrope, he was an opponent of the system of making up wages out of the Poor Fund which he saw as encouraging pauperism and even making it endemic. This complete set of his pamphlets is divided thus: A. Introductory series, published in May 1829, being a defence of the principles and conduct of the Emigration Committee against the charges of Mr. Sadler. 1. Correspondence with C. Poulett Thomson, Esq. M.P. on the conditions under which colonization of paupers would be expedient, as a national measure. 2. Correspondence with Monsieur Duchâtel, on the practicability and economy of emigration. 3. Letters to Sir Francis Burdett, Bart. M.P. on the relations between landlord and tenant in Ireland ..... 4. Explanation of Mr. Wilmot Horton's Bill, in a letter and queries addressed to N.W. Senior, Esq. with his answers.> Horton was an enthusiastic proponent of emigration, believing that mass emigration would be a solution to the problems of surplus population and home and labour shortages in the colonies.