Some Proposals for the Imployment of the Poor, and for the Prevention of Idleness and the Consequence thereof, Begging. A Practice so Dishonourable to the Nation, and to the Christian Religion. In a Letter to a Friend by T. F. THOMAS FIRMIN.
Some Proposals for the Imployment of the Poor, and for the Prevention of Idleness and the Consequence thereof, Begging. A Practice so Dishonourable to the Nation, and to the Christian Religion. In a Letter to a Friend by T. F.
Some Proposals for the Imployment of the Poor, and for the Prevention of Idleness and the Consequence thereof, Begging. A Practice so Dishonourable to the Nation, and to the Christian Religion. In a Letter to a Friend by T. F.

Some Proposals for the Imployment of the Poor, and for the Prevention of Idleness and the Consequence thereof, Begging. A Practice so Dishonourable to the Nation, and to the Christian Religion. In a Letter to a Friend by T. F.

Publisher: London: Printed by J. Grover and are to be Sold by Francis Smith and Brab. Aylmer, 1681.
Edition: Second edition, preceded by an edition of 1678, which consisted of 24 pages and did not contain a frontispiece.
Bibliographical References: ESTC R12645; Wing F972; Goldsmiths 2435; Kress 1534.
Condition: The pagination is erratic, but the text complete; a few corners slightly dog-eared and creased; overall a fine copy with generous margins, enclosed in a quarter morocco clamshell box.
Book ID: 28644

Description

Small 4to, contemporary (original?) marbled wrappers, stitched, 48 pages. Frontispiece.

Comments

An important and early philanthropic treatise on the treatment and relief of poverty through commerce, charity and religion by Thomas Firmin (1632-1697), a successful businessman who dedicated a great deal of his energy and wealth to establishing benevolent institutions not just to aid the poor with their immediate needs, but also to appreciably improve their lives through vocational training and employment. Firmin devised several schemes to provide aid and work for the poor, including a workhouse linen mill, that distributed essentials, such as coal, to the workers and gave their children with a basic education. See the ODNB. The frontispiece quotes Proverbs 31.19: "Shee layeth her Hand to the Spindle and the her hands hold the distaff." Contemporary ink signature on the recto of the frontispiece of "Joshua Sabin, Junior / Anno Domini 1681 / May ye 1st."

Price: $3,750.00

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