But of course, I didn't forget you all! I'm just directing you to where I'm actually posting on my Wednesday subject today. Namely, at Colonial Quills, where it's my monthly turn. Today I'm talking about some interesting tidbits I learned a bit off-handedly in my new research on Philadelphia of 1776. A bit to whet your appetite:
The Bettering House and the Manufactory
Who should be responsible for the poor? For the needy? Whose job is it to feed the hungry and clothe the naked?And if one takes that responsibility...how should one go about it?To the Quakers of Colonial Philadelphia, the answer to both was simple: this was a task that ought to fall to them, not to the government, and they were not going to feed mouths without feeding souls. More often than not, they felt, people arrived at low circumstances because of their own choices--often bad ones, morally speaking. And so, they needed to be taught. They needed to bettered.
|A Quaker almshouse|