Detail of The New Poor Law poster 1837 (EXT 6/1)
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Oh, Sir, have mercy on me, I cannot work so hard, for I'm old, ill and feeble, allow me but 10 minutes rest.
Rest, indeed! you lazy old thief, d'ye think ye came in here to be a gentleman. Old and young must labour here - what was the poor made for but to work? - go to the hemp you old rascal.