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Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and CCLA Richard Turnbull, September 2013 The Earl of Shaftesbury (1801 – 1885) Lord Shaftesbury: responsibility.

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1 Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and CCLA Richard Turnbull, September 2013 The Earl of Shaftesbury (1801 – 1885) Lord Shaftesbury: responsibility and the welfare of humanity

2 ‘the various Inspectors of general industries who had seen the principle enforced desired to see it applied through the length and breadth of the land………’ Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and CCLA Lord Shaftesbury: responsibility and the welfare of humanity (Earl of Shaftesbury, House of Lords, 6 th March 1883, Payment of Wages in Public Houses (Prohibition) Bill)

3 Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and CCLA Lord Shaftesbury: responsibility and the welfare of humanity A Victorian public house Coster, barrow and donkey

4 Themes Birth and background Shaftesbury and Parliament: social reform Shaftesbury and the voluntary mission societies Motives Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and CCLA Lord Shaftesbury: responsibility and the welfare of humanity

5 “Anna Maria Millis, the old Housekeeper, to whom, under God, I owe the first thoughts of Piety and the first actions of Prayer.” Shaftesbury Manuscripts, 1865 Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and CCLA Lord Shaftesbury: responsibility and the welfare of humanity

6 Shaftesbury and Parliament Factory Reform Industrial reform and employment Public health Lunacy reform Foreign affairs Education Protestantism and church issues Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and CCLA Lord Shaftesbury: responsibility and the welfare of humanity

7 ‘….some of the evils of so hideous a nature, they will not admit of delay – they must be instantly removed – evils that are both disgusting and intolerable – disgusting they would be in a heathen country, and perfectly intolerable they are in one that professes to call itself Christian.’ Lord Ashley, House of Commons, 1842 Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and CCLA Lord Shaftesbury: responsibility and the welfare of humanity

8 ‘he dared not direct her to the Saviour as the bread of life, until he had first saved her from starving, by furnishing her with the bread that perisheth.’ LCM Magazine, February 1845 Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and CCLA Lord Shaftesbury: responsibility and the welfare of humanity

9 “if you wish to win working men, you must enlist for that service a vast body of the working men themselves.” Shaftesbury, Church Pastoral Aid Society, Abstract, 1873 Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and CCLA Lord Shaftesbury: responsibility and the welfare of humanity

10 ‘My experience of their value dates back over half a century. In all the operations in which I have been engaged, these men were my companions and fellow- labourers, and I derive unbounded assistance from them in the matter of Ragged Schools, Common Lodging-houses, Special Services, and in every effort for the improvement of Society….In all difficulties of research, our first resource was to the City Missionaries, because we knew their inquiry would be zealous and immediate, and their report ample and trustworthy.’(Shaftesbury, 1881) Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and CCLA Lord Shaftesbury: responsibility and the welfare of humanity

11 ‘removing every ragged, destitute child from our streets, and to the placing of that child in the path of industry and virtue.’ Ragged School Union, Second Annual Report, 1846 Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and CCLA Lord Shaftesbury: responsibility and the welfare of humanity

12 ‘I am now looking, not to the great end, but to the interval. I know, my friends, how great and glorious that end will be; but while I find so many persons looking to no end, and others rejoicing in that great end, and thinking nothing about the interval. I confess that my own sympathies and fears dwell much with what must take place before that great consummation.’ Shaftesbury, CPAS, Abstract, Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and CCLA Lord Shaftesbury: responsibility and the welfare of humanity

13 “The time is coming when matters will not be measured by the talent, or the ability, or by fine clothes, or by power to speak, or by being on platforms, or by listening to those upon platforms; but the time is coming when matters will be measured by those who have the truest faith, the deepest love, and the most sincere acts of obedience to their Lord and Saviour, and most devoted and strong imitation of his blessed example.” Shaftesbury, RSU Magazine, April 1867 Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and CCLA Lord Shaftesbury: responsibility and the welfare of humanity

14 ‘on what authority of Scripture…he asked most solemnly, did they rest their right to subject God’s creatures to such unspeakable sufferings.’ Shaftesbury, House of Lords, 15 July, 1879 Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and CCLA Lord Shaftesbury: responsibility and the welfare of humanity

15 Bringing together the legislative and voluntary principles Belief in locality Personal relationships at the heart of responsibility Relief of poverty not for government alone Christian faith motivates many to social concern Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and CCLA Lord Shaftesbury: responsibility and the welfare of humanity Principles


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