The archives that emerged from the parochial administration of the English poor law before 1834 include letters that came from the poor themselves. Some 750 of these pauper letters are contained in this volume, revealing the strong belief of the poor in their right to relief and their surprisingly powerful position in negotiating their case with the overseers.
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Thomas Sokoll is at Lecturer in Early Modern History, Fernuniversitat Hagen. Thomas Sokoll is at Fernuniversitat Hagen.Review:
`Review from previous edition A wonderfully high quality edition ... This is a most valuable collection, which takes us as close to the "voices of the poor" as we are ever likely to get, and provides an invaluable tool for both teaching and research. ' LPS
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