[Reynoldsʼs Newspaper, 13. Dezember 1868]

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Reynoldsʼs Newspaper. Nr. 957, 13. Dezember 1868. S. 4.
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THE PEABODY GIFT.

The following letter has been addressed to the editor of the Times:—

“Sir,—Every one must be astonished by the magnificence of the gift to the poor of London by Mr. Peabody. Still there is a prevalent opinion that the really poor of London have reaped no benefit whatever by the gift, by reason of the mods adopted by the trustees in carrying out the donor’s wishes. I have called attention publicly to the fact that, about six months since, one building was half-full of lodgers, one building two-thirds occupied, and the remaining house was full. This state of part emptiness could not possibly be in accordance with Mr. Peabody’s wishes. Since then, however, the rooms have been all taken, and are now full, but at such rentals as to entirely exclude the poor, in any acceptation of the term. It is the well-to-do manager of some City business or careful clerk who is encouraged in these homes and no one who has the slightest look of manual labour or poverty. The whole scheme has degenerated into a commercial speculation. It is made to pay as high a rate of interest as can possibly be squeezed out of it, to the exclusion of the poor. There are two of the buildings, one situated in Shoreditch parish and one in Lime house, where upon inquiry it is found that not one poor person from either of those populous parishes has been able to avail himself of these so called homes, so that as a means of relief to the neighbourhood those buildings are of no avail. What society wants at the East-end of London is one or more buildings where the arrangement is such that one room can be let at 1s. per week. There are a large number of poor widows and single women who have to struggle very hard for but few shillings a week, and many of them having seen better days would be glad of the accommodation offered, and the quiet and order such a buildings should afford. If the trustees would but lower their views so as to come within the reach of the poor of London, they would indeed confer a benefit on all society; but it is no boon while conducted as at present.—I am, yours respectfully,

E. R. Rigby, a Member of the Board of Guardians City of London Union.
London, Dec. 8.”

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  • Social cases. 1869