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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Institutions for the rearing of children who have been deserted by their parents, and exist with varying regulations in most civilised countries; the first foundling hospital was established at Milan in 787, and others arose in Germany, Italy, and France before the 14th century; the Paris foundling hospital is a noted institution of the kind, and offers every encouragement for children to be brought in, and admits legitimate orphans and children pronounced incorrigible criminals by the court; the London foundling hospital was founded by Captain Thomas Coram, and supports about 500 illegitimates.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Foundling Hospitals'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/f/foundling-hospitals.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.