Josias Homely


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The Pauper Labourer

The strong attachment of the villagers of North Devon to their native places, is proverbial and remarkable. When the Poor Law Amendment Act was brought first into operation there, nothing excited so much dread among the aged and infirm, nothing excited so much indignation among the sturdy labourers, as the fear that
the old people would be removed from the homes of their youth, the graves of their fathers, and the dwelling places of their children.
The case alluded to is not imaginary.


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