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Document number: 4637
Date: 23 Nov 1835
Dating: year from 04764
Recipient: LEFEVRE John George Shaw
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: House of Lords Record Office London
Collection number: HLRO, SLF/1/10
Last updated: 1st September 2003

Lacock Abbey, Chippenham

Novr 23d

My Dear Sir

We find here a very general reluctance to undertake the office of Guardian <1> – I therefore beg to enquire if it would be legal for the Parish to annex a salary to the Office and defray the same out of the Poor Rates.

My belief is that it will be found necessary, as a general measure, to make this office in some way advantageous to the holder of it, but that is what experience alone can show. – In the mean time we must endeavour to carry the law into effect, as well as we can. There is a double objection to the Office in the minds of most men; the loss of time, without remuneration; and the incurring odium from the poor – As a countervailing motive, I propose a good salary. –

Believe me Yours very Truly

Henry F. Talbot

J. S. Lefevre Esqre
Poor Law Commissioner


1. Of the Workhouse.

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