Poor-House, an asylum appropriated to the accommodation of those aged, sick, or helpless poor, who are unable to support themselves : but, as such design is generally combined with work-houses, or buildings, in which the indigent, vagrant, or idle, are employed, and supplied with food and clothing, we shall communicate a few hints relative to their management.
In such places, the strictest regard ought to be paid to cleanliness ; and, if the inhabitants be disorderly, a proper system of coercion should be adopted. The unruly most be confined to separate apartments : where they perform labour for their own support being left to so itary mediations these may be farther directed by the ex-hortations of a pious, well- inform-ed clergyman, who is able to adapt his instruction to the peculiar circumstances, or ease of the individual. We are aware that houses of correction have been established with this view ; but, we conceive, that more salutary consequences would result from their general combination with the common poor, or work-houses.
There is, however, a strange system prevailing in several parishes of the metropolis, namely, that of fanning out the poor; or contracting with speculative persons to support them at a certain price per head. This practice is carried on chiefly in the precincts of the city, where no work-houses can be conveniently erected, and in consequence whereof the poor are sent to a small distance.—Some of these firms are certainly conducted on the most humane plan, while the management of others deserve the severest censure. Surrounded with filth ; confined in close situations ; ill clad ; and worse fed ; the wretched tenants of such habitations, present the most haggard countenances ; and the children reared in such places, instead of becoming healthy an 1 vigorous, are weak, puny, and frequently fall early victims of discase—The loud complaints of the poor have lately excited general attention ; we have, therefore, mentioned these few circumstances, to induce the benevolent to bestow serious consideration on the subject, go that some measures may be devised for preventing such accumulated misery.