Jan 1, 1875 Royal Hospital for Incurables
CHARITY ELKCT1 OXEERIXQ. TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES. Sir, I almost tremble at tbe idea of a letter ef mine appearing ia Tt Timet, but I cannot refrain from entering my Individual protest against the course that Is being pursued by 8ir Charles Trwalyan aad his so - aaQed M Charity Reform Aseociatieei." I am, air, bat a poor man, having 12 children under 21 yean of aga to educate aad maintain, and I can, therefore, do eompantirely little to aid the cause of charity, but rom my early life it has been my privilege to support th excellent, although now maligned, voting charities cf the country as God has prospered me, and I am thankful to be enabled, for religious and charitable purposes, to devote from 100 to 500 per I select the new year aa my season for thaakofferiaia. and I aeod to the Royal Hospital for Incurables, because nry wife snd 12 children are sound in health snd limb : I send to ths Earlswood Asylum for Idiots, because God has blessed my 13 children with sound Intellects ; aad I send to tne t atherless and Orphans Asylums, because mr chil dren are spared the destitutdeo of orphanhood. .How, I am told by Sir Charles Trevelvsn and kis " re formers" that I have been supporting a vicious system aU along - uiat la exercising my judgment aa a subscriber ia th selection of eases lam haloing to divert charity from ita right channel. It may suit Sir Charles Trevelvsn to tveach that doctrine. I can only cay that it Is my delight to become acquainted with the widow aad orphan ia their affliction, with the sick and the sad, and the cause that I know not I would seek out" I for one allow myself to be canvassed, without which I should ba at a loss to distribute my votes conscientiously. seau vussuvt nas oeea la my power lnddsnUHy to reader help to theee who have sought my vote. I lately secured the election of a poor idiot boy who had stood four elections sad only polled 40 votes. I hava bis sister new ia mr employ. This is only one instance et many in which a subscriber finds opportunities et doinx coed. Free thie privilege Sir Charles Trevelyaa would shut as eat entirely. I again protest at the attempt to interfere with my private conduct, and to change the present open election by the suhoariben late tbe eheiee ot a ''committee, sheltered under big aamee and sitting with closed doers. I deny the assumption of Sir Charles Trevelyaa that the elective charities exist for the accommodation et tbe rich. My experience ef them may possibly equal his, aad I nfflrm that they exist fee tbe kelp of the poo and needy, malsUlnlng. Sir, that the interest felt la individual sis the life ef the charities i but hew sea thk ba whew the tongue of the applicant ia tied ? I sand you my unused proxy for the Royal Albert Orphan Asylum, aa I hava n personal Interest la a single ease, aad my veting paper esweye goes use ue wasse - peper Deaxet. s canvassing Is allowed, aad I decline U be guided by the preferential Est made out by tha Board of management How eomse it that tram 100 boys 28 are stsndiaer for th last tteaat Eight only are to be elected, 20 are hopelessly rejected thk time, aad a larger amber will be seat adrift aext eleetiea - How does this compere with tbe selection of free and open eharitiee 7 From my knowledge the number wbe de act ultimately succeed are a very small minority, a mere residuum. Forgive ma. Sir. my Intrusion ea veer snaae. f am a. paua man, ana am apt te fudge ef a system by its fruits. Tlte CSiarity Reform AaeoeUtUa are trying to lead as back to aa old system of government by a clique, which would most likely be an autocratic or a clerical one. I enclose my card, aad am. Sir, year obedient servant, A SUBSCRIBER TO YOTXNO CHABlTTXa.