Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 441

Volume 17, New Series, June 12, 1852

Author: Various Authors
Published: 1852
Language: English
Wordcount: 22,171 / 70 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 41.9
LoC Category: AP
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s. The fiat has gone forth from the government for the destruction of these forests, for the felling of the trees and the enclosure of the land. Will the public permit the execution of the barbarous decree? We trust not.

Notwithstanding all that has been said, and so justly said, of the notorious improvidence of the poor, it will be seen from the above hasty sketches, that they yet can and do help themselves to many things which are undeniably profitable and advantageous to them: they only want, in fact, a motive for so doing--a foregone conviction that the thing desiderated is worth having. Now, here is ground for hope--an opening, so to speak, for the point of the wedge. That the very poor may be taught to practise self-denial, in the prospect of a future benefit, these clubs have proved; and we may confess to a prejudice in their favour, not merely from what they have accomplished, but from a not unreasonable hope, that they may perchance foster a habit which will lead to far better things than even

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