From MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF THE COMMITEE OF MANAGEMENT 26 Apr 1826 - 23
Oct 1832; Kings/Queens Orphans School (SWD24 )
Testimony of the Men it was collected that the Children had never
been furnished with Porridge, but merely a very thin Gruel -- that the Oatmeal
provided for making a thick porridge could not have been used, & that what had
been used was never weighed or measured.
-- that the
Childrens Tea was made in a Boiler contg about 6 Galls of water, a handful of
Tea with some Sugar & Milk being thrown into the Boiler, without being weighed
or measured, and thus boiled all together, & then taken to the Childrens Table
in an Iron Pot, where it was laded out, Leaves and all, by the Childrens
panakins & so placed before them. That but 6 -- 2lb, Loves of Bread were issued
in the Morning & 5 ? in the Evening, which were divided amongst the Children --
35 in number.
Children had not any Bread at Dinner Time, except Ladies were there or were
seen approaching the House, and that in the latter even Bread was quickly got
and put the Children.
Servant (who was examined apart from each of the men) confirmed their
statements as to the mode of making the Gruel & Tea, and the quantity of Bread
daily served out. She also stated that on one occasion, when cleaning the
Dining room of the Master & Matron, which adjoins their Bedrooms, & at which
time the Matron had not left the Bedroom, she head her Master upstairs, before
the Children had left their Bedrooms & some of the Children crying, & also
heard slaps given to the Children.
Servants likewise stated that the Master fed his poultry, consisting of
Turkeys, Geese, Ducks & Hens, regularly twice a day, with Oatmeal, taken the
Store Room and mixed with water. Also that the Children would sometimes pick up
Bones, Turnip paring &c, thrown out from the Kitchen, & pick the one and eat
the other, & ask for Bread & other things complaining of Hunger.
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