Charles Chauncy in 1752 speaking to the Society of Encouraging Industry and Employing the Poor:
We are restrained as to the Distrinbution of Charity; not being allowed to dispense it promiscuously, but obliged to tae due Care to find out suitable Obkects; distinguishing properly between those needy People who are albe and those whoare unable to employ themselves in Labour...The Command in my Text is plainly a Statute of Heaven, tying up your hands from charitable distributions to the slothful ppor. And, so far as appears to me, it would be an evident Breach of Law of the Gospel, as well as of Nature, to bestow upon those the Bread of Charity, who might earn and eat their own Bread, if they did not shamefully idle away their time.
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