The passing, in June 1830, of a parliamentary 'Act for taking an Account of the Population of Great Britain, and of the Increase or Diminution thereof'(see Item 14) directed that the overseers of the poor should 'take an Account of the Number of Persons found within each Parish and Place'. This measure was seen by the Whig government (and in particular by Lord John Russell) as providing vital information preparatory to the passing of the Parliamentary Reform Bill. The present collection not only presents a body of information regarding the overseers (see Item 6: 'By referring to the population returns you will see which of the Overseers have signed them as we have no other way of coming at the knowledge of it.') but also provides an insight into the workings of local government at a period of historic change in British government.27 items, all clear and complete, and all but the last (see Item 16 below) in excellent condition on lightly-aged paper. Items 14 and 15 printed; the rest in manuscript in a variety of hands.Compiled by a number of high constables (Hugh Boag, George Fawcus, William Gibson, William Fenwick, William Morrison) of the country of Northumberland, and sent, as part of the populaton returns, to Robert Thorp, Clerk of the Peace, Alnwick. Mainly comprising lists of the overseers of the poor of the several parishes and townships.ITEM 1. Manuscript account, on printed form, dated 'Michs. Sessions, 1831', for '521 Returns made by the Overseers of the Poor of the several Parishes & Townships, in the County under the Population Act at the rate of 1s/. for each return as fixed by the same act (11. Geo. 4th. Cap: 30 - Sec.10)'. 8vo, 2pp. Broken down into five wards: Castle, Tindale, Morpeth, Coquetdale, Bamburgh, and Glendale ('521 at 1/- £26. 1. 0').ITEM 2. Manuscript letter, dated 'South Side July 28. 1831', from William Fenwick to Robert Thorp, Clerk of the Peace. Docketed '(1) With Lists of Townships &c in East Divn. Coq. Ward'.ITEM 3. Manuscript letter, dated Kilham, 17 August 1831, from Hugh Boag to Robert Thorp, Clerk of the Peace, Alnwick. 8vo, 2 pp, in bifolium. Containing the details for the 'West Division of Glendale Ward'. Parishes of Brankson, Carham, Ford, and Kirknewton. Docketed '17th Aug. 1831 recd. 20th. High Constable for the West Divn. of Glendale Ward | Northumberland | Population Enquiry (List of Townships)'.ITEM 4. Manuscript, by William Morrison, High Constable, docketed 'List of Townships & Overseers, North Divsn. Coquetdale Ward'. Docketed '39 Townships'. 8vo, 3 pp. Parishes of Alnham, Ilderton, Ingram, Edlington, Whittingham, and Eglingham (a Part).ITEM 5. Manuscript, by George Fawcus, High Constable for South Divison of Bambury Ward, headed 'Townships & Parishes in the So. Division of Bamburgh Ward'. 8vo, 2 pp. Docketed 'South division of Bamburgh Ward | List of Townships and Overseers delivered by the High Constable' and '24 Townships'.ITEM 6. Manuscript letter by William Gibson ('For Mr Brown | Wm Gibson'), addressed to 'Robert Thorp Esqe | Clerk of the Peace | Alnwick', dated Chalton, 1 August 1831, Alnwick. 8vo, 2 pp, in bifolium. Containing list, docketed '1831 | East division of Glendale Ward. List of Townships and overseers delivered by the High Constable'. The details of the overseers of eleven townships are given. Gibson writes 'By referring to the population returns you will see which of the Overseers have signed them as we have no other way of coming at the knowledge of it.'ITEM 7. Manuscript copy of letter, containing list, docketed '1831. Population Returns. Copy List of Townships and Overseers for The East division fof Coquetdale Ward.' By William Gibson. Begins 'Agreeable to your request I have sent you a list of the townships &c as soon as I could procure them from Mr. Widdell - they are as follows [.]'. Details of eleven townships are given. Letter ends 'I will probably be at Alnwick on Saturday first and will call to see if this is all right & if any thing further is wante. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: Archive of manuscript and printed material ...
Año de publicación: 1831
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