Posted by Captain Everett on March 17, 1998 at 20:27:15:
In response to all those £, written by Caroline on March 16, 1998 at 13:27:40
] Fascinating!And pehaps a better way of judging Mr Darcy's riches, too.Though I am baffled as to how a lunatic (presumably certified) and a vagrant could be adequately assessed like this!A vagrant has no home, no job and no money, so how does he earn £10.00 per annum? (That's a question that will sp[oil my sleep......;-) )
] Thanks for the info, Jason!
The figures I quoted originally came from a study done by Patrick Colquhoun in 1803. I should have said that the figures were income of the family. (I might also have added "gentlemen" at £700.) I'm not certian how he arrived at the figures. At the bottom rungs of society, Colquehoun estimated the income per head at only £3-3s, with an outgoing of £3-7s-6d. Some of that money could come from small earnings (honest and otherwise), charity, and other sources. Over a million people, or one in nine of the population were receiving poor relief, casual or permanent, amounting to £5,348,205.
I remain, etc.
- Thank you, Captain Everett. This is great info. Very helpful. nfm Rita J 20:18:21 3/19/98 (0)
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