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The Health of Nations

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DR. RICHARDSON'S two volumes afford much matter for reflection for all those who have endeavoured to improve the condition of the working classes in England during the last half century. They form a panegyric on Mr. Chadwick, and boldly claim for him the credit of having brought forward the principal social improvements of the Victorian era. We think that these wide claims are somewhat to be regretted, as they compel criticism where we should be anxious to speak only in praise; for we are scarcely prepared to go the length of ascribing almost entirely to Mr. Chadwick's influence the vast improvements in the social condition of the people which have taken place during that period.

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