Town returns of the state of the poor in Massachusetts, 1849.

Massachusetts. Secretary of the Commonwealth.
2 items (2 leaves)
Public welfare -- Massachusetts -- 19th century.
Poor -- Massachusetts -- 19th century.
Blank forms.
Forms (documents)
Manuscripts, American -- 19th century.
Two printed forms on an oversize leaf measuring 12 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches provided by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The forms comprise twenty-two questions concerning the poor and alms houses of Massachusetts. The heading on the form reads "Return (prescribed by law) of the state of the poor in the town of ..." and was to be returned to the secretary from each town and/or city in Massachusetts by November 21, 1849. There are two completed forms, one from the town of Quincy and one from the city of Roxbury. The handwritten answers provided by the towns supply a yearly overview and financial information regarding the number of poor, the number of foreigners, the number of insane, and the number of idiots. One question specifically asks "How many of the foreigners are from England and Ireland?" The questionnaire also concerns alms houses in the town, financial support of the poor, and state aide received by the town to support the poor. The forms are signed by the Overseers of the Poor of the town.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Richard L. Sperry, WG'67, Endowment for Rare Books and Manuscripts Collections.
Penn Provenance:
Sold by Peter L. Masi Books (Montague, Massachusetts), 2016.
Quincy (Mass.). Overseers of the Poor.
Roxbury (Mass.). Overseers of the Poor.
Richard L. Sperry, WG'67, Endowment for Rare Books and Manuscripts Collections.
Contained In:
Miscellaneous Manuscripts (Large). Box 3 Folder 5
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