Criticism against COS:

[...] The public has often relieved without examination, and no charges are brought against it. The Charity Organisation Sociaety occasionally examines without relieving, and everyone is indignant. Still, we shall be wise to admit that the Society ought never to dismiss a case without referring it to the right quarter after examination [Times, correspondence by the Rev.H.R.Haweis, March 1879; SW 63]. Heweis was theoretically right, but in practice it was found impossible to refer all cases with a certainty of their rightly helped [C. Trevelyan].