London Labour and the London Poor, extra volumeMayhew, Henry
Street Beggars in 1816.
It was clearly proved that a man with a dog got in day.
houses in St. Giles's frequented by from to beggars. It was proved that each beggar made on an average from to a day. They had grand suppers at midnight, and drank and sang songs until day-break.
A negro beggar retired to the West Indies, with a fortune of
The value of and found upon ordinary street beggars. They get more by begging than they can by work; they get so much by begging that they never apply for parochial relief.
A manufacturer in Spitalfields stated that there were instances of his own people leaving profitable work for the purpose of begging.
It was proved that many beggars paid a week for their board.
Beggars stated that they go through streets in a day, and that it is a poor street that does not yield
Beggars are furnished with children at houses in Whitechapel and ; some who look like twins.
A woman with twins who never grew older sat for years at the corner of a street.
Children let out by the day, who carried to their parents a day as the price paid by the persons who hired them.
A little boy and a little girl earned a day. An instance is stated of an old woman who kept a night school for instructing children in the street language, and how to beg.
The number of beggars infesting London at this time () was computed to be , of which were Irish. We glean further from the report respecting them.
It appears by the evidence of the person who contracts for carrying vagrants in and through the county of Middlesex, that he has passed as many as or in a year; but no estimate can be formed from that, as many of them are passed several times in the course of the year. And it is proved that these people are in the course of or days in the same situation;
|as they find no difficulty in escaping as soon as they are out of the hands of the Middlesex contractor.|
A magistrate in the office at Whitechapel, thinks there is not who is not worthless.
The rector of Saint Clement Danes describes them as living very well, especially if they are pretty well maimed, blind, or if they have children.
Beggars scarify their feet to make the blood come; share considerable sums of money, and get scandalously drunk, quarrel, and fight, and teaches the other the mode of extorting money; they are the worst of characters, blasphemous and abusive; when they are detected as impostors in parish they go into another.
They eat no broken victuals; but have ham, beef, &c.
or sleep in a house, and are locked in lest they should carry anything away, and are let out in the morning all at once.
Tear their clothes for an appearance of distress.
Beggars assemble in a morning, and agree what route each shall take. At some of the houses, the knives and forks chained to the tables, and other articles chained to the walls.