The Present Condition of Tewksbury (Classic Reprint)
Her life has been devoted in generous manner to sympathetic, unpaid service of the poor and the unfortunate. She is familiar with the operation of public institutions for their relief: and General Butlers opinion as to what is right or wrong, necessary or unnecessary, prudent or extravagant, in the actual management of an almshouse, is of no more weight against hers than it would be against Florence Nightingales touching the care of the sick in a hospital. She is not a politician interested in supporting a party. She has no possible interest in sustaining or concealing any wrong or oppression in management. Her sole conceivable motive is to find out the facts, and to do the best for the unfortunate dependants on the State's charity. Her testimony as to the things she undertakes to speak of is worthy of implicit credence, because it is unprejudiced and intelligent. Her word will stand against that of any number of such witnesses as the governor has introduced to vilify the State.
We ask that her candid and extremely interesting report be read and seriously considered. From it may be learned, better than from any proceedings in the greenroom, what improvements are practicable and what are chimerical. In the light of the facts she gives, one thing appears very clearly, namely, that the very worst thing that could happen to the almshouse would be a reduction of appropriations. So far from there being too many persons employed, there are not enough. There is hardly one of the real evils connected with the institution which would have existed if the appropriations had not been so niggardly. Mrs.
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