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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 56

The Kent Justices and the Howard Association

The Kent Justices and the Howard Association.

Amongst the gratifying indications that the labours of the Howard Association, in various directions, are exercising a beneficial influence and meeting? with acceptance by practical men, the Committee may mention that in a pamphlet issued last year by order of the Annual General Sessions of Kent, and signed by a Committee of eight local magistrates, namely, Earl Sydney, Earl Stanhope, Viscount Hardinge, Mr. John G. Talbot, M.P., Mr. Walter H. James, M.P., Hon. J. S. Gathorne-Hardy, Mr. J. E. Lennard, and Mr. A. Beattie, there is given more than two pages of quotation from a pamphlet on Vagrancy prepared by the Howard Association in the preceding year; and the Justices add:—

"Your Committee would recommend the perusal, by individual members of the Court, of the Report of the Howard Association before referred to; the object of that Report being the education of the public mind in reference to page 7 the causes and prevention of the constantly increasing evils of Vagrancy and its attendant consequences."

A second pamphlet, signed by the same eight noblemen and gentlemen, was issued by order of the Court of Sessions for Kent, at Maidstone, six months later, in which the Justices remark:—

"Your Committee are very desirous that the attention of Boards of Guardians should be directed to the extracts from a Report recently issued by the Howard Association, which are quoted in the last Report of the Committee of Justices, upon Vagrancy, in the County of Kent, with regard to the evils of Indiscriminate Almsgiving; and they would urge them to adopt every means in their power to induce the public to discontinue the practice."