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modating 150 female children, together with an endowment of 50g/. per annum ; thus evincing to the world the implicit confidence ske reposes in the enlightened zeal, humanity, and integrity of a body of men, represented by Doctor Milner as odious persecutors and kidnappers.
Were Doctor Milner to be present when the objects of this charity are admitted, the scene would, perhaps, soften bis heart; he would behold the perishing children of the honest, but infirm or unemployed poor; he would behold orphans who know not a parent's care ; with the far more numerous, and still more wretched offspring of the profiigate and profane, to whom the existence of a parent is but an additional source of misery : he would behold all these clothed in filthy rags, with emaciated bodies, and famine in their pallid countenances
, brought forward by their supplicating parents, or nearest relatives, as objects of commiseration and mercy, to the Committee of Fifteen ; and he would behold, at the same time, a Society of Christians ready to adopt these outcasts of creation. Now let me seriously ask the humane Doctor Milner, will he allow the Committee to impart to these forlorn beings the comforts of wholesome food and warm raiment, such instruction as may render them hereafter useful members of society, with habits of indastry, protection from a vicious world, and the word of God to teach them how to live for time and eternity? or will be dismiss them to encounter want, and neglect, and disease and vice, and infamy ; to become pilferers, and liars, and Sabbathbreakers, and drunkards, and robbers, and murderers ; in short, to live and die the pests and disgrace of society; and all this to avoid the greater horror of being educated a Protestant ? Such precisely is the description of Children presented to us for admission ; such, gene, rally, the portion allotted to these poor Children by our determination ; and can any man, whose heart has been warmed by a single ray of the gospel of Christ, balance for a moment how, under such círcumstances, he ought to act ?
As I have been astonished at the ignorance and unfounded assertions of those gentlemen who, in the Imperial Parliament attacked the system of the Charter Schools, so have I been equally mortified at the want of good information in those who attempted to defend it. I am happy, of course, to find that there are members of that House who wish to suspend their opinions until better informed by the exertions of the Board of Education, which will shortly, I lope, supply authentic information sufficient to reinove every prejudice, and silence every clamour on a subject in which every friend to his country must feel an interest.
I shall now close this long letter with an observation, severe indeed, but not-more severe than just : Is it not very singular that Doctor Milner through the whole of his Strictures on the Charter-Schools of Ireland, should have kept at such an awful distance from truth, as not to bave, in any one instance, even accidentally stumbled on it,
I have the honour to be,
P. S. It is universally allowed, that no work ever appeared, which, for its magnitude, contains so many gross falsehoods, as Dr. Milner's Tour in Ireland, entitled, “ An Inquiry into certain vulgar opinions concerning the Catholics of Ireland ; " and all those falsehoods seem to be peculiarly calculated to inflame the Irish Papists against the governs ment. In page 26, be untruly asserts, that Popish students in the university of Dublin, are required to attend the established service. Now it is universally well known, that the provost and fellows of that seminary never interfere with the religious principles of the Roman Catholic students, for the truth of which we appeal to them; and we dety Doctor Milner to adduce an instance to the contrary.
We would recommend to the perusal of the public, an excellent pamphlet written by the kev. Doctor Elrington, late fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, on Doctor Milner's tour ; in which its - numerous falsehoods and calumnies are refuted, and the spirit of disaffection which it breathes, is exposed. It is sold by Messrs. Rivingtons, St, Paul's church-yard, and by Hatchard, Piccadilly.
DIETETIC MEDICAL DISPENSARY. Convinced that much more good may be done to the Poor by furnishing them with nutriment than powerful drugs, we are happy at finding such a plan proposed as deserves the approbation of every liberal mind, and we avail ourselves of this opportunity to lay before our readers the following,
Proposal and Abstract from a Report of Dr. M. Garthshore and Patrick Colquhoun, Esq. to the Society for bettering the condition of the Poor, on the Expediency and Practicability of establishing a Dispensary in the Metropolis, comprising in its Economy, medicated food, raiment, and physic, for the diseased Poor.
“ The Reporters having stated the number of poor persons relieved in the Metropolis, according to the Parliamentary Returns to be about 86,000, proceed to observe, that it will be seen, from the above abstracts, that the permanent out-door relief seldom averages above 2s. to 25. 6d. per week, while the occasional relief is infinitely less-barely sufficient to pay the weekly rent of a miserable halffurnished lodging.
“ Mauy thousand cases occur where half-famished families cannot obtain an asylum in their parish-work house for want of room,--And the proportion of those who are relieved at their own dwellings is rearly four toone ; the 60 workhouses in London, being able to contain only 17,000 persons.
" It follows, that there always must be a very large proportion of the
poor of the metropolis who can derive no benefit from the maintenance afforded in the parish workhouse and that the pittance allowed in money can afford little for food, where a family is bornedown by sickness, and their only property (the labour of the r hands) no longer effectual or productive.-Hence, in such cases, the pawnbroker assists in filling up the chasm, until their little all is exhausted, and
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they are not only without food, but also deprived of their apparel and bed clothes.
56 To relieve this numerous class, who are subject to so many casualties reducing them to a state of extreme indigence, benevolent individuals have founded Hospitals and Dispensaries in different parts of the Metropolis--but many of the Hospitals are ill endowed, and not adequate to the relief of one-tenth part of the patients who might become inmates under the pressure of poverty and disease.
“ It will require little investigation to convince the mind that Drugs alone will not restore an impoverished and enfeebled body to health. On the contrary, they must be often pernicious, unless accompanied by a proper reginien, but which is beyond the reach of a considerable proportion of those distressed objects who become patients at Dispensaries --There every medicine is to be found, but that alone which in most cases can only effect the cure-A NUTRI
The recovery of thousands depends upon this--but unfortunately it is not attainable it is not to be found in the miserable abodes of the indigent-and the workhouse is shut against them-it is already full--and the Hospitals are also inaccessible.
“ That such is the state of many patients who apply at Dispensaries, every candid medical practitioner who attends these Institutions will admit. If the evil therefore exists, and if its magnitude is as great as the facts stated afford the strongest grounds to conclude, a question will arise among those who are benevolently employed in laudable endeavours to better the condition of the poor in the
? which shall restore parents to their families, and children to their parents, who must otherwise drop into the grave.
“ The Dispensaries at present administer those medicines which are most generally applicable to that part of the community who are in easy circumstances--who can procure all the necessaries and comforts that the sick-bed may require. To adapt these Institutions to the condition of the poor, there ought to be superadded to the common drugs, soups, malt liquor, and a certain proportion of cordials, and funnel for shirts and shifts. These will avail inore in the treatment of many disorders than all the other articles of the materia medica put together. Nor will the difficulty of preparing and dispensing these auxiliaries be so great, or the expense so formidable
, as may appear to those who have not minutely investigated the subject in detail. It is proposed that the Dietetic Biegimen shall be dispensed as medicine—not as food. It will make a part of the Physician's and Surgeon's prescription, where, upon due inquiry, and according to the nature of the case, such aırxiliary aid, together with the flannels
, are found to be necessary to give effect to the drugs. Both will be dispensed in properly-regulated portions, and only to those who actually require such aid, and cannot otherwise obtain it. And the Dietetic Regimen is capable of being so systematized as to prevent all abuse.
** Under a self-evident presumption that this Dietetic Regimen is to save the lives of many individuals, who would otherwise sink under their complaints, not only by its own efficacy simply, but also by
giving effect to the power of the medicines, it is scarcely possible for the human mind to devise any scheme where so much good is likely to be done at so small an expence. Nor is there any way in which the condition of the sick poor in the metropolis can be so much bettered, since the success of a Dispensary, upon the plan now proposed, would doubtless be the means of extending the sanie system to the other Dispensaries, and thereby contribute to the recovery of many hundreds of the poor in the course of a year ; to whom, for want of a proper application of Dietetic Regimen at a critical moment, medicines can be of little use in effecting a cure.
“ For these and other reasons which could be adduced, the Reporters are decidedly of opinion, that a Dispensary upon the plan now proposed, which could be supported for 4801, a year, including the expences of soups, and Aannels, would prove an incalculable benefit to the poor, and that it highly merits the patronage and countenance not only of this Society, but of the public at large.
“ M. GARTHSHORE. “ London, February 3, 1809"
" P. COLQUHOUN. Farther information, relative to the necessity and advantages of such a Dietetic Medical Dispensary, which we deem self-evident, may be obtained from Dr. Herdman's Letter, the Lord Bishop of Durham, which we noticed in the Antijacobin for April.
"At a Meeting of the Committee of the Society for bettering the Condition of the Poor. The Lord Bishop of Durham, in the Chair.
It was Resolved,—That the Meeting do unanimously approve of the suggestions offered in this Report, and will afford every countenance and assistance, in promoting the Experimental Dispensary with an Auxiliary Dietetic, úpon the plan which has been proposed."
On the establishment of his Charity, a code of laws will be drawn up for its regulation ; but, in the mean time, it is stated, that the yearly subscription of One Guinea or upwards will constitute an annual Governor, and a benefaction of ten Guineas or more, a Governor for life, with the additional privilege of being a Member of all Committees. All Subscribers will have the
same right of recommending patients as in other Dispensaries.