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Proceedings of the Committee in the Province of the Leinster for redressing the Distresses of the Poor

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: MS C215


Proceedings of the Committee in the Provice of Leinster for redressing the Distresses of the Poor, from the Leinster Province Meeting of the Society of Friends. Notebook on plans to improve wages, rents, food, education, with recipes using potatoes and maize and with diagrams of recommended chimneys and fireplaces.


  • Creation: 1787 - 1790


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1 volume : Binding: Limp marbled paper. Ornament: Diagrams, leaves [15-16, leaves are unnumbered]. ; Volume measures no taller than 25 cm.

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Scope and Contents

The beginning of the volume starts "The National Meeting of Ireland held...5th Month 1787 ... impressed with a sense of the hardships...of the poor Natives of this Land from scanty Wages & oppresive rents... 1787. Appointed that ... Committees [should be] struck... [At] a Quarterly Meeting for Leinster Province held in Carlow 15 of 12 month 1787 the Committee for the Provincial School was appointed a Committee for the said Province...": Dublin recommendations for wages and rents.

There are committee meeting minutes from March 7, 1788 and November 15, 1788 (quotes report from the National Committee, recommends that Friends remember to be generous). There are also reports from monthly meetings for April 1788 in Moat, Mountmelick, Edenderry, Carlow, Wexford, Wicklow, Dublin (gives specific wages and allowances in kind) and April 1789 (Wexford argues for low wages under present good living conditions).

A report from the National Committee in 1789 discusses education of the poor, and unwary corruption by other religions. Two reports from the National Committee on Education are dated May 5, 1790 and November 9, 1790 (the latter includes a reminder not to have or sell Mass-books, catechisms, novels, or ballads).

Also in the volume is Count Rumford (Benjamin Thomspon, 1753-1814)'s remarks on the proper diet for feeding the Poor (includes his soup for 1200 persons for fl/7/6, stating that water is nutritious). There are also receipts (recipes) for "Indian Corn" ("Receipt for A plain Indian pudding"), for boiling potatoes, and for "A dinner for 200 persons (mashed potatoes, milk, suet, flour)" including 4 receipes for baked potato pudding. There is also a "Potatoe dumpling" recipe ("A very cheap Soup (barley, samp, red herrings, seasonings), Samp (hominy?), Brown Soup").

Toward the back of the volume is a discussion on chimneys and fireplaces by Rumford, with diagrams. There are several blank pages, and at the very back of the back are a few pages of reversed text on "Filial Piety and Books."

Physical Location

MS C215

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Guide to an 18th-century Leinster (Ireland) Society of Friends Manuscript Collection
Proceedings of the Committee in the Province of the Leinster for redressing the Distresses of the Poor
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1973. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006. Finding aid revised by ksc, 2006.
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Proceedings of the Committee in the Province of the Leinster for redressing the Distresses of the Poor, MS C215, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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