On the “right to relief” (1719)

For extream [sic] Want gives every Man a just Right to Relief; and he is as much an Owner, and has as good a Title to this, as we have to any Thing which we possess.”

Source: Benjamin Ibbot, “Parable of the Unjust Steward, Explain’d: A Sermon” (London: J. Wyat, 1719), 16. The text is a “spital sermon,” an invited annual public address presented by a notable clergy in the context of fundraising for London’s charitable hospitals.

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