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1839 Excerpt: ...poverty, can be expected by that man who has no
knowledge of the arts of life, or, even if he have this knowledge,
when he must hire his lodging, his furniture, his tools, and pay
for them out of his earnings, with, perhaps, interest of money
advanced upon the pledge of his clothing; or a repayment with a
large profit for the advance of subsistence until his labour is
completed and his earnings come in, as is the custom in some
countries? With such deductions from the earnings of labour, a man
cannot expect to have a great deal left for himself; much less for
his comfortable support. One may affirm that a moderate enjoyment
of life cannot be anticipated unless a man have of his own, a
dwelling, furniture, clothing, tools, and a supply of food
sufficient to maintain him until the returns from his labour come
in; or property yielding productively in some other shape an
equivalent to the payment which must be made for the hire of these.
We frequently see artisans and others, without any property,
gaining sufficient for a comfortable subsistence by their labour.
But in these instances we generally find, that they have served a
long and expensive apprenticeship, and are thus enabled to procure
a higher rate of wages than they otherwise would have been able to
earn. Some persons, indeed, have wages given them from kind feeling
or other motives on the part of their employers, which are rather
proportionate to their wants, and for the purpose of enabling them
to maintain themselves in comfort, than to what they might be had
for, if their pay were regulated only by the demand and supply of
their labour. These cases, however, do not invalidate the general
principle that the earnings of common or unskilful labour are
insufficient, under natural circumstances, to yield...
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Joseph Salway Eisdell
||246 x 189 x 9mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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