A TABLE showing the number of Paupers supported at the public expense in the county of WASHINGTON,  during the twelve months preceding April 21, 1823, with other particulars, derived from public documents and reports furnished the Secretary of State.
TOWNS Total number of paupers
supported during the
whole of the last year.
Total number relieved
during a part of the last year.
Total expenses of supporting and relieving paupers (including fees and expenses of officers, removals and appeals) for the last year.

Dolls.    Cts.

Expenses and cost of officers and appeals during same period.


Dolls.   Cts.

Number of paupers removed during the last year.
Argyle  2 2 2 2 0      
Cambridge 4 5 2 7 3      
Dresden (no return) ... ... ... ... ...      
Easton 10 8 8 10 4      
Fort-Ann (no return) ... ... ... ... ...      
Fort-Edward (no return) ... ... ... ... ...      
Granville 8 4 4 8 0      
Greenwich 12 Not stated 5 7 5      
Hampton 0 1 0 1 0      
Hartford 10 13 8 15 4      
Hebron 2 3 2 3 1      
Jackson Not stated Not stated ... ... ...      
Kingsbury 5 18 13 10 10      
Putnam Not stated Not stated ... ... ...      
Salem 9 Not stated 3 6 0      
Whitecreek Not stated 4 2 4      
 Whitehall 4 8 5 7 8     ...
   Average amount of money raised by tax, in the county of Washington, for the support of the poor, for the last six years $4331.66 -- amount raised last year, $3,525; (but the particular amount raised in each of the preceding five years, is not stated.)
   In the following towns, there are funds on hand for the support of the poor, viz:  In Greenwich $25 -- In Hartford $176 -- In Hebron $228, and in Kingsbury $363.


   The ignorance of justices of the peace generally in making orders of removal and orders for the support of poor, especially county poor, their inattention and carelessness in making the necessary examinations and the vexations attending the removal of paupers to other states, I would with deference suggest to your notice.  [Letter from the supervisor of Cambridge.]


   I know of no better remedy for many of the prevailing vices in community, than a work house, or house of industry in every town; and not only the poor, but the idle and mischievous of every description, to be put to work in it, until they will reform.  It will be a means to inform the ignorant, correct the vicious, and restrain the idle, and in a word, exchange many of the bad habits of society, for better ones.  It will be the means of saving many of the rising generation, from that wretchedness which idleness, dissipation and wantonness, so plentifully bestow on those who follow such courses. 
[Letter from the supervisor of Hampton.]  


   In 1818, we made the experiment of procuring a poor-house, placing it directly under the management of one of our overseers of the poor, and have had in it on an average to the present time, three paupers.  From our limited experience in the poor-house system, it is believed that the establishment of county poor-houses, would have the effect of materially lessening our taxes for the support of paupers.  In such an establishment, the industry of the paupers might be turned to good account, and their manners subjected to the immediate inspection of a prudent overseer, their most prevalent vices completely checked, and their morals improved.  Judging by the saving made by the establishment of a poor-house in this town it is believed, that in a county establishment, when the expense of management would be considerably less in proportion, little more than half our present tax would be sufficient to defray the average share of expense for our town.  
[Letter from the supervisor of Hebron.]


   About one-sixth of our expense, for the last six years, has been for the support of foreigners.
[Letter from the supervisor of Kingsbury.]


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