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In a letter to Pope ofhe wrote, "Imagine a nation the two-thirds of whose revenues are spent out of it, and who are not permitted to trade with the other third, and where the pride of the women will not suffer [allow] them to wear their own manufactures even where they excel what come from abroad: This is the true state of Ireland in a very few words.
The paragraph numbers have been added for this edition. I again Subtract fifty Thousand for those Women who miscarry, or whose Children dye by accident, or disease within the Year. There only remain an hundred and twenty thousand Children of poor Parents annually born: The question therefore is, How this number shall be reared, and provided for, which, as I have already said, under the present Situation of Affairs, is utterly impossible by all the methods hitherto proposed, for we can neither employ them in Handicraft, or Agriculture; we neither build Houses, I mean in the Country nor cultivate Land: A Child will make two Dishes at an Entertainment for Friends, and when the Family dines alone, the fore or hind Quarter will make a reasonable Dish, and seasoned with a little Pepper or Salt will be very good Boiled on the fourth Day, especially in Winter.
Thus the Squire will learn to be a good Landlord, and grow popular among his Tenants, the Mother will have Eight Shillings neat profit, and be fit for Work till she produceth another Child. He said, that many Gentlemen of this Kingdom, having of late destroyed their Deer, he conceived that the want of Venison might be well supplyed by the Bodies of young Lads and Maidens, not exceeding fourteen Years of Age, nor under twelve; so great a Number of both Sexes in every County being now ready to Starve, for want of Work and Service: And these to be disposed of by their Parents if alive, or otherwise by their nearest Relations.
But with due deference to so excellent a friend, and so deserving a Patriot, I cannot be altogether in his Sentiments, for as to the Males, my American acquaintance assured me from frequent Experience, that their flesh was generally Tough and Lean, like that of our School-boys, by continual exercise, and their Taste disagreeable, and to Fatten them would not answer the Charge.
Then as to the Females, it would, I think, with humble Submission, be a loss to the Publick, because they soon would become Breeders themselves: And besides it is not improbable that some scrupulous People might be apt to Censure such a Practice, although indeed very unjustly as a little bordering upon Cruelty, which, I confess, hath always been with me the strongest objection against any Project, how well soever intended.
But I am not in the least pain upon that matter, because it is very well known, that they are every Day dying, and rotting, by cold, and famine, and filth, and vermin, as fast as can be reasonably expected.
And as to the younger Labourers they are now in almost as hopeful a Condition. They cannot get Work, and consequently pine away from want of Nourishment, to a degree, that if at any time they are accidentally hired to common Labour, they have not strength to perform it, and thus the Country and themselves are happily delivered from the Evils to come.
I think the advantages by the Proposal which I have made are obvious and many, as well as of the highest importance.
It would encrease the care and tenderness of Mothers towards their Children, when they were sure of a Settlement for Life, to the poor Babes, provided in some sort by the Publick to their Annual profit instead of Expence, we should soon see an honest Emulation among the married women, which of them could bring the fattest Child to the Market, Men would become as fond of their Wives, during the Time of their Pregnancy, as they are now of their Mares in Foal, their Cows in Calf, or Sows when they are ready to Farrow, nor offer to Beat or Kick them as is too frequent a practice for fear of a Miscarriage.
For Instance, the addition of some thousand Carcases in our exportation of Barreled Beef. But this, and many others I omit being studious of Brevity.
Therefore let no man talk to me of other expedients: Of utterly rejecting the Materials and Instruments that promote Foreign Luxury: Of introducing a Vein of Parcimony, Prudence and Temperance: Of teaching Landlords to have at least one degree of Mercy towards their Tenants.
For this kind of Commodity will not bear Exportation, the Flesh being of too tender a Consistance, to admit a long continuance in Salt, although perhaps I could name a Country, which would be glad to Eat up our whole Nation without it. But before something of that kind shall be advanced in Contradiction to my Scheme, and offering a better, I desire the Author, or Authors will be pleased maturely to consider two points.
First, As things now stand, how they will be able to find Food and Raiment for a hundred thousand useless Mouths and Backs. I have no Children, by which I can propose to get a single Penny; the youngest being nine Years old, and my Wife past Child-bearing. James and his descendants were Catholic, so they took refuge in Catholic countries.
Many poor Irish were forced to seek a living in the New World. Projector, "One who forms schemes or designs" Johnson. Parishes were responsible for the support of those unable to work.Nov 06, · This week the United States came within about , ballots of having another president who was not the choice of the most voters.
If John Kerry had . A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick, commonly referred to as A Modest Proposal, is a Juvenalian satirical essay written and published anonymously by Jonathan Swift in Genre: Satirical essay.
The issue of whether or not Swift goes too far in "A Modest Proposal," is an issue of taste. It's a satire, of course, so the speaker has much freedom in what he writes. The issue of whether or not Swift goes too far in "A Modest Proposal," is an issue of taste. It's a satire, of course, so the speaker has much freedom in what he writes.
Summary. The full title of Swift's pamphlet is "A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People from Being a Burthen to their Parents, or the Country, and for Making them Beneficial to . Further Study. Test your knowledge of A Modest Proposal with our quizzes and study questions, or go further with essays on the context and background and links to the best resources around the web.