(HO 44/18 f.3748 - p37v lines 19-29)

The 1st branch of the evil is the most obvious,
& the most susceptible of cure-. During the latter
years of the war no workman was ever disapo-
pointed of the means of subsistence to which
he had been accustomed. He was, every day, as
sure to find employment & wages as returning
light. On a sudden hundreds of thousands of
these men became utterly destitute, & thus ex-
posed to a temptation which had never before
assailed them, in addition to those which beset-
frail mortals in their ordinary condition.