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Edited by Peter Quennell.
Selections from "Those that will not work", the fourth volume of "London Labour and the London Poor" by Henry Mayhew.
A view of the misery, vice, crime, want and ignorance of the lives of the underclass haunting London's streets in the mid 19th century.
This view allows the historian to understand the reasons behind the transportation of individuals for seemingly minor crimes such as a theft of a handkerchief.
It also allows the researcher to understand the why it is often thought prostitutes appeared as dressmakers etc. in census returns.
A valuable insight into the life and times of the 19th century.
A useful family and local history resource for nineteenth century London.
A digital version of the original book, in PDF format. Viewable on any computer using Adobe Acrobat Reader