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10 Case relative to the Tothill Fields Bill.

to operated) 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 ill-famed 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 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 Kings 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 containing the
bulk of the Parish Poor to the amount of many hundreds.(e)

About 300 Private Houses were exposed by that same
Act to the same fate: (though, owing to a failure in the ways and
means, only a few of them eventually experienced it:) as appears by
a Petition presented by the Inhabitant of those Houses to the House
of Lords, which Petition is reprinted in the abovementioned
Pamphlet written by the abovementioned Dr. Wilson, at that
time one of the Prebendaries of Westminster and Perpetual
Curate of St. Margarets.

How much stronger a case that was than the present,
will appear from the following passages in the Petition (being the

(c) The average number is about 500

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case relative to the tothill fields bill





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tw 1794


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see note 3 to letter 1392, vol. 6

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