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In source 10, Thomas Malthus is discussing the settlement laws and how he feels they are shown as tyrannical and inconvenient as well as them being contradictory to all ideas of freedom

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In source 10, Thomas Malthus is discussing the settlement laws and how he feels they are shown as ?tyrannical? and ?inconvenient? as well as them being contradictory to all ideas of freedom. From this we can see that Malthus isn?t happy with the settlement law and that the people living in the time of this, in the late 1700?s, were not being helped. Instead, those is need were forced to continue to ?struggle supporting themselves.? Looking at the sources we can see that there is evidence that the settlement laws didn?t provide a system to make an impact but instead it passed the problems onto other areas rather than providing a solution. This would support Malthus? claims as source 11 tells us of the order made by Cheshire?s JP?s in 1804 where Overseers of the poor in Dutton has ordered a mother and daughter to be moved out of the town as her husband was put in prison. This supports Malthus as ?The Overseers? weren?t looking to help or give support to the family, but instead only supported their removal from the area. ...read more.


Overall, although source 11 is an account of one particular event/situation and is specific example that would indeed support Malthus and his claims shown in source 10 but also doesn?t show a wide variety of similar cases from across the county so there are limitations but we gain the knowledge from this source that the settlement laws weren?t as supportive or helpful and they were intended to be. From reading and studying source 10 we could suggest that the claims made my Malthus about the portrayal of the settlement laws could be slightly amplified or heightened from the idea that they were ?disgraceful? and a ?disgusting tyranny?. The claim made by William Douse of Halton (his legal place of settlement) in source 12 describes how the settlement laws were a help in his case. Douse was given help from the poor rate Halton although he living and continued to live in Wainfleet and this was not his original area of settlement. By just reading this source we would assume that this source would have a total disregard towards Malthus? claims unlike source 11. ...read more.


Here we can say that this shows the settlement laws did help provide relief, but in this case, for those who ?deserve it?. To conclude, we are shown that one source doesn?t support Malthus yet the other does not. As these sources show information about two specific situations of two specific areas it is hard to apply this to the rest of the country to get a clearer picture of the settlement laws. This makes it difficult to see how the two sources can support or not support Malthus, especially source 12. The claims made by Malthus explain that his views of the settlement were that he wasn?t impressed and couldn?t see the support and help they were supposed to give to ?those who are struggling to support themselves?. In source 11 we can see the discrimination towards the particular family and how to help was given; this would back up Malthus? claims. On the other hand, source 12 showed how that those, who in theory, deserved the relief given by the settlement law. These were those who had helped the area by continuously worker and provided for themselves but had faced problems not down to their own fault. Abbey Winship ? Mr.Parkin ...read more.

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