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MARTIN, Matthew (1748--1838)
To the public. For the revival of the enquiry into the state of mendicity in the metropolis, a small supply has been issued to me, for the purpose of defraying the expense of an office, and assistants, necessary for such an undertaking; ...
[London]: printed by the Philanthropic Society, St. George's Fields, [1812].
2, 2 p. ; 32.4 cm. (2°)

Folded sheet. Drop-head title. Signed: 'Matthew Martin. Poet's Corner, Westminster. January 1812.' Imprint at foot of both rectos. Contains an appeal for contributions to an interim fund for poor relief, particularly for those without claims upon metropolitan parishes, pending the establishment of a more 'general plan'. Matthew Martin had carried out an enquiry into the state of mendicity in the metropolis in the years 1801--3 published in the form of a letter to the Secretary of State, Lord Pelham Letter to the Right Hon. Lord Pelham, on the state of mendicity in the metropolis, printed by the Philanthropic Society, 1803. In reviving his 'Enquiry' Martin anticipated the establishment of the Society for Bettering the Condition and Increasing the Comforts of the Poor in 1811, and the publication in 1812 of his An appeal to public benevolence, for the relief of beggars: with a view to a plan for suppression of beggary. SeeT. Hitchcock, 'Begging on the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London', Journal of British Studies, 44 (2005), pp. 478--498.

Binding Folded paper.

Reference Number 6142


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