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16 October 2014
Immigrants & Exiles - Scots in Scotland

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There is a large group of respectable workers who pester us daily for help with emigrating. I have asked them "Do you have work?". They reply, " Yes, but we dread the winter". They have nothing. Everything goes to pay their debts. If they had no rent to pay, no children to educate and no wives to provide for, they might survive. However, with these expenses and because of periods of unemployment, they are not able to live like other workers.

Evidence given by a church minister to the Royal Commission on the Poor Law, 1844

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