Notes on the poor law and poor relief

Scope and Content

Loose papers wrapped in a newspaper dating from November 1927, and in a Manchester University envelope titled in pencil, 'Miscellaneous notes and drafts on Poor Relief, the Poor Law - the Parish in 1800'. Papers include a typed note 'The Origin of Poor-Relief', notes on the customs of Godmanchester and other towns, laws and customs of the constitution, bastardy laws, etc. There are also several large notebooks (lacking their covers) and a small section of notes marked, 'Eden. Sate of the Poor. Notes on Reports from Parishes', which contain a mixture of handwritten and typed notes. In addition to the notes there is a newspaper cutting dated 16 November 1893, containing a letter to the Editor on 'Justices of the Peace and Lord Lieutenants'. The letter relates to laws in the reigns of Edward III and Elizabeth I.