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Case relative to the Tothill Fields Bill.

already created by two former Acts. The spot at Battersea
which (as well as any other Lands in separate ownership within
the four Counties except the Sites of Dwelling Houses with their
Appurtenances) may be taken at any time under those Acts, is
a spot in relation to which the pretium affectionis, has been
found to operate (as it well might be expected to operate) with
more than ordinary force: and it is only for the purpose of
transferring the exercise of the Powers in question from that favorite
spot to an illfamed and desolate spot, altogether unsusceptible of
any such attribute as the pretium affectionis, that the present
Bill is proposed.

If there were any Class of Persons in whose instance the
pretium affectionis could in the present case be supposed to
operate, it would be that of the Paupers in the five Chimney
Poor-House, whose grievance would be the having 4 or 500 yards
to move from a decayed habitation to a new one. But surely
if there be any class of individuals whose affections may be called
upon to give way to the superior interests of the Public, it
must be that one of all others which has no other title to the
situation in question than what it derives from the gratuitous
bounty of the Public.

In the Deans Yard Square Act already mentioned (28
Geo: 2. Ch 54) powers were included for pulling down a Poor-
House in and belonging to these same Parishes; though the object
of that Act was nothing more than the building of Houses fit for
the reception of Parents having Children in the King's School, and
the Poor House there in question was not the present decayed structure
containing no more than 8 or 9 Inhabitants with or without
Families but the Principal Poor House, and that a modern
built one, containing the bulk of the Parish Poor to the amount
of many hundreds.

About 300 private Houses were exposed by that same Act
to the same fate; though, owing to a failure in the ways

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see note 3 to letter 1392, vol. 6

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