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Islington 1861

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Islington, Parish of St Mary]

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look forward with hope, therefore, to the proposed exlenfion of the system to the
cow-sheds, although by no means clear as to the pro[ riety or necessity of such
establishments in crowded neighbourhoods being permitted at all. Five seizures of
meat have been made in butchers' shops, and one qf several legs of mutton, floured
and sold as "Dartmoor mutton." Such meat should always be regarded with
suspicion, especially when offered for sale at a comparatively low price. Three of
these cases were so bad as to demand their being taken to the police court, and
while the meat was in each case condemned, the Magistrate, in one case, inflicted a
fine of 40s. and costs. The total weight of meat seized was 313 lbs. Several
rabbits, and lots of fish and fruit have also been seized and destroyed.
I have the honour to be, Gentlemen,
Your very obedient Servant,
EDWARD BALLARD, M.D., M.R.C.P., etc.
Medical Officer of Health.
Vestry Offices,
May lst, 1862.


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