This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 Excerpt: ... with a little encouragement and superintendence from the Master or Matron often become extremely industrious and useful. In some of the smaller Workhouses where there are few or no other able-bodied inmates, most of the garden and out-door labour is performed by males of this description; and the females are very frequently employed in household work, in the kitchen and scullery, and in th'£ washhouse, where, beino-under the eve of the Matron, they are ac o + ' five and obedient servants..So long1 as persons They conduct p,.,.,. i..I... i themselves of this kind are kept within the precincts and weli.im subject to the discipline of the Workhouse, they require avery ' i 11 slight degrpe conduct themselves well, and require a very of slight degvee of supervision. But when that supervision is withdrawn, and they are left at large house. to mix freely with their fellows in the ordinary intercourse of life, they are unable to resist the temptations that beset them; advantage is often taken of their weakness by the knavish and the profligate; and they are exposed to, and may commit, very serious mischief. The weak-minded and imbecile inmates whom we saw, appeared to us, speaking generally,to be comfortable and contented; and although it might sometimes be a question whether on the whole the Workhouse was the best place for them, or whether it was right to detain Generally them in it without their consent, we never had a persons'to'be doubt that they were not proper persons to be confinetl in a „,. T,, A i Lunatic connned in a.Lunatic Asylum. Asylum. Under the same head are to be classed what for The idiotic. want of a better name we have termed the idiotic, as well as the idiots, sproperly so called. Of these the idiotic are to be found in the Workhou...