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The author invokes the melancholy and all-too-common sight of women and children begging on the streets of Ireland These mothers unable to work for their livelihood are forced to employ all their Time panhandling for food The children also for want of work grow up to be thieves or else emigrate to fight for the Pretender the son of James II who lost the throne of England in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 or to seek their fortunes in the Americas The author appeals to the general consensus that these beggared children are in the present deplorable State of the Kingdom a very great additional Grievance He supposes that anyone who could devise a way to make these street children into productive members of society would be doing the nation a great service The authors own Intention he says goes even further than providing for these children of Professed Beggars his proposal includes in its scope all children of a certain Age whose parents though they have not yet resorted to begging are too poor to support them Having considered Irelands population problem for many years the author has concluded that the arguments and schemes of others upon the subject are wholly inadequate They have been he says grossly mistaken in their Computation He offers some calculations of his own a newborn infant can be supported for its first year on breast-milk and two shillings a sum that can easily be obtained by begging It is after this relatively undemanding first year therefore that Swifts proposal will go into effect I propose to provide for them in such a Manner as instead of being a Charge upon their Parents or the Parish or wanting Food and Raiment for the rest of their Lives they shall on the contrary contribute to the Feeding and partly to the Cloathing of many Thousands Another advantage of his proposal Swift says is that it will reduce the number of
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