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ALLOTMENTS FOR THE POOR.. Agricultural Distress. An address to the nobility and landed proprietors of Great Britain and Ireland, by a London merchant; on the distressed state of the agricultural population and the baneful effects of absenteeism: in which the benefits arising from small allotments of land being let to the labouring and industrious poor, bestowing upon them permanent and lasting comforts, are displayed, as exhibited on the estates of Sir Gerard Noel Noel, Bart., M.P. for Rutlandshire, under the direction and superintendence of Richard Westbrook Baker, Esq., of Cottesmore : to which is added an appendix, showing the progress made in the small allotment system, in copious extracts from facts and illustrations of the Labourers' Friend Society, patronized by Their Majesties.1834

London: Printed for the Author. First Edition, [iv],106,[2]pp., disbound. The introduction of the enclosure act had a damming effect on the lower classes, as the author of this pamphlet implies: "to increase the estates of the great proprietor and the church, leaving the poor man even without the 'common right' for his cow, or the few yards of ground whereon to grow his vegetables, which had previously afforded him the means of rearing his little family". He then sets out to illustrate the example been carried out by Richard Westbrook Baker on the estates of Sir Gerard Noel Noel in Rutland. Here Baker had formed 'The County of Rutland General Friendly Institution' with an aim to ameliorate the condition of the poor, by means of the small allotment system, child education, and the benefit of the Stamford and Rutland Infirmary. Only the Goldsmiths'-Kress (28466) copy recorded.

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