John Venning to William Hone, 8 June, 1806

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John Venning to William Hone, 8 June, 1806. 1-TEI-

8th June, 1806.

You sent Charles2 a small political work written by a friend of yours, and a copy of the Resolutions of the Society 'For the Gradual Abolition of the Poor's Rate' with your name subscribed as Secretary.3 By having read and heard more of the plan of this Institution from Mr. Bone's publication, I have conceived the highest opinion of the system and think that it does credit to those who are now labouring to do away [with] the corrupted establishments and inefficient measures which have for such a length of time been borne for the maintenance and keep of the poor in this country; yet I am persuaded that old prejudices are difficult to be done away. But, my good fellow, I do not prejudice your endeavours; my only anxiety is that as you have a wife and family to support and a reputation of talent and industry to sustain, they may perhaps suffer by your attention to this institution whilst other opportunities of improving your fortune may slip from under you, and you at length fall into a distressed and impoverished state of living.

Yours most sincerely,
Hackwood, p. 76; (location of original unknown). [return]
Likely Charles Few, who, like Venning, was an acquaintance from Chatham. [return]
Venning likely refers to the The Rules and Regulations of an Institution Called Tranquillity which was the founding document for the Tranquillity scheme established by Hone and John Bone in 1806-07. [return]
John Venning. Date: 2012-03-19