M.A.S. Walrond on Personal Visitation:

Out of population of 200,000 in these Unions he considered that 130,000 were likely to be those among whom house-to-house visitation might be wise and useful. The number of bona fide visitor in these Unions he estimated at about 50.; they were mainly ladies, generally non-resident, working with little or no inter-commnication, and occasionally as gift-distributing rivals. These were not all who visited the poor; there were 8 relieving officers, 10 or 12 School Board visitors, 3 agents of the Charity Organisation Society, about 50 clergy and recognised dissenting ministers, 12 almoners of the Society for Relief of Distress, above 100 lay agents, such as city missionaries, Bible woman, Scripture readers and the like, besides all sorts of religious adventurers, Gospel missioners, and quite an army of Sunday School teachers, who visited the homes of the poor from time to time, but did not as a rule visit regularly. The usual state of things might be described by what a clergyman in the East End had recently told him, viz., that a court in his parish might go unvisited from year's end to year's end until some special calamity befell it, such as a police case, etc., then there was a swoop of rival charitable eagles from all sorts of religious quarters to settle on the body. Personal work was thus inadequate, unorganised, and often tainted with religious prejudice and partisanship.