Republished here as a downloadable digital file is the 10th Annual Report of the Commissioners for Administering the Laws for Relief of the Poor in Ireland with Appendices, 1857, as it was presented to both Houses of Parliament.
As one might expect from Victorian Official Publications, the Annual Reports are replete with statistical information presented in both printed and tabular formats. Each Annual Report is introduced by the Commissioners breviate of the Annual Report in question and are addressed to His Excellency, the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. These invariably include tables of the total number of individuals who received indoor and outdoor relief in each of the twelve months over the previous year, tables of morbidity and sickness of inmates, expenditure and wages. The majority of the Annual Reports, however, are made-up of the numerous appendices that are contained within each; these are divided into two main categories: Appendix A 'Circulars of Instruction Issued by the Commissioners and Correspondence to and from the Commissioners' and Appendix B 'Tables.
The Annual Report for 1857 contains 134 printed pages and this follows the format of the 1854 Report, but includes correspondence resulting from the amalgamation and dissolution of a number of Union and Reports from Inspectors on the Operation of the School Districts Order.
These are a must for any social or local historian providing as they do a multitude of statistical detail on the administration of the Poor Laws and the poor themselves, a great deal of which is presented in the form of correspondence and personal testimony.
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