London: Printed for G. Wilkie, 1781. [English Law and Politics]. ORIGINAL PAMPHLET. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp. 139 . Sewn but lacking original covers; loosely housed in brown paper-covered board with brown cloth hinge. Red pencil inscription to top left corner of title page; a little grubbiness to title page and final leaf. Overall and crisp, clean example of the text. Good. Gilbert was responsible for one of the most significant emendations (1782) to the Poor Laws of England and Wales between 1601 and the 1834 act which led to the infamous Workhouse system. This pamphlet was one among many from the 1770's and 80's outlining Gilbert's ideas, which included the creation of a regional network of almshouses for the care of elderly and infirm paupers. Item #49727
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