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Transcriber: Bevan, Deniz
Transcription date: June 4, 2013
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I send on other side an extract from Dr. Cleghorn's official note in the Blue Book on Plague in India, which you can compare with Dr. Thorne Thorne’s.
As to your query about "intemperance" as a cause of poverty crime, insanity, &c. I do not admit it. It is a result of the same conditions that bring about starvation, crime, & insanity. A century ago, intemperance was far more common among the Upper classes than now; but I never heard it suggested that insanity & crime were then more prevalent in those classes than now, but rather the reverse.
All those who know the poor most thoroughly agree in this view.
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