The persons appointed at the last Council, now report That they had proceeded to make Collections towards the Support of the poor of this City that have no relief from the Overseers, & that inclusive of the Sum of £61 10, Subscribed by this Board, they had Collected, Vizt: from
It is Ordered That the Collectors of the above money do Distribute the same to such persons as they shall find to be proper Objects of Charity, & make report of their proceedings to this Board.
The above represents funds collected for relief of the poor in Philadelphia in the 1740. Person's in the Dock Ward contributed the greatest amount (£61 8 0) and persons in Upper Delaware contributed the least (£5 5 0). The wide disparity in giving between the different wards may reflect a) the ability of the persons in the wards to contribute to the general welfare, or b) the perception of needs by persons in these wards, c) differences in population levels among the wards. For example, persons from Dock Ward may have given more simply because
Currently, we do not have sufficient data to determine which of these alternatives best fits the circumstances.