Rev Dr Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847), eminent churchman and political economist, was a keen social reformer and played an instrumental role in the voluntary principle in Scottish poor relief during the changes associated with industrialization and urbanization of the early nineteenth century.
Chalmers was also pioneer of a comprehensive vision of society so organized that, in the midst of the changes of his age, it would recover a sense of individual and communal responsibility. The selections from his writings included in this set illustrate both his role as a social theorist and a practical exponent of innovative programmes of social reform.
Introduction 88pp A Biographical Study of Thomas Chalmers James Dodds, 409pp An Inquiry into the Extent and Stability of National Resources  365pp The Christian and Civic Economy of Towns [1821-26] 35pp, 365pp, 408pp On Political Economy, in connection with the moral state and moral prospects of society  574pp bound with McCulloch's Review "Dr Chalmers'On Political Economy" in Edinburgh Review Vol 56  21pp bound with The Supreme Importance of a Right Moral to a Right Economical State of the Community, with observations on a recent criticism in the Edinburgh Review  102pp Tracts on Pauperism  3 vols in one, 97pp, 78pp, 34pp bound with On the Sufficiency of the Parochial System, without a poor rate, for the right management of the poor 334pp Reply to Dr Chalmers' Objections to an Improvement of the Legal Provision for the Poor in Scotland  William P Alison, 56pp Dr Chalmers and the Poor Laws  247pp bound with Problems of Poverty. Selections from the Economic and Social Writings of Thomas Chalmers  Edited by Henry Hunter 380pp