Coleridge's remarks

The assertion hazarded by opponents to the [10 hours] Bill, [is] that Children from six to sixteen years of age, who are kept at work, standing, from thirteen to fifteen hours in the twenty-four, a heated and polluted atmosphere, are healthier and happier than those who are employed in trades where the said grievances do not exist; and in a still greater degree “better off”, than Children who remain at home, or follow their fathers into the fields.

Source Samuel Taylor Coleridge publishes his remarks on objections to the Ten Hours Bill, which would limit the working hours of children in factories. 1818.
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