Sir Frederick Morton Eden

(1766—1809) insurance company manager and writer on the state of the poor

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Eden's inquiry into The State of the Poor (3 vols, 1797) is a major source of information about the workhouses that were set up under the Old †Poor Law before the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834. The abridged (single‐volume) version of his report contains descriptions of a selection of workhouses throughout England.

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