A trinket merely Ornamental, given up to sale, might yield a price which would maintain a poor family for a twelve-month: – a delay of a few weeks to deck a table with some sorts of food, or perhaps to enjoy the fragrance of a short-lived flower, would provide plain medicines for the complaints of an whole neighbourhood. – Why then, it may be asked, do any languish under curable disorders, and needless poverty? Nay, why do not all enjoy plenty and comfort?

– Religion the only foundation of charity: a sermon by John Hey preached before the governors of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, on June 26 1777, in Great St. Mary’s Church, Cambridge

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