THE WHIG-RADICAL GUARDIANS OF KENDAL, AND THEIR CONSISTENCY.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE WESTMORLAND GAZETTE
SIR, - On Saturday, the 2nd November, JONATHAN SAVAGE, a hardware manufacturer and able-bodied man, one not averse to calling with his wife, who is an able-bodied woman, at the alehouse, and there taking their cups freely, and who is scarcely ever without a bottle in his pocket, applied for a continuance of his pension.
He was supported by MR. SAMUEL COMPSTON and the REV. EDWARD HAWKES, [see mauve box <<] as a fit person to receive out-door relief. MR. THOMAS WEBSTER, [>>>>} one of the other guardians, objected that the applicant was not one who ought to have relief out of doors, and that if he received it at all it should be in the workhouse. He considered that if such men were to be relieved in this manner the rate-payers would soon be unable to pay the really deserving.
The CHAIRMAN put the question, when it was carried he should have no out-door relief, MR. COMPSTON and his reverend supporter being in a glorious minority consisting of themselves alone.
A month ago the same MR. SAMUEL COMPSTON at a small board reversed the decision of the former week, and gave this man his pension for a month.
Well may the rate-payers grumble at the heavy rates.
So much for the defeat of these worthies, now for their vengeance.
THOMAS SPEIGHT, an umbrella maker by trade, a man near death's door, and unable to do any thing for himself to procure the necessaries of life, had a pension. At the municipal election this man had a glass of wine given to him, on account of his weak state of health. This was noticed by MR. HAWKES (a kind friend to the sick and needy pauper when it suits his own purpose), and no doubt galled SPEIGHT voting for the Conservatives, caused his pension to be discontinued.
Is this the way to spend the town's money?
All honest men will say no, and at the next election of guardians return men who will give relief to the helpless and deserving pauper, and not make a political job of the poor-rates of the town.
The Westmorland Gazette - 09 Nov 1844 - 09 Nov 1844 Letters to the Editor