I have been advised to look at John Mill, who apparently did fairly short work on Utilitarianism - well, you could have surprised me, the damn thing on Gutenburg has five chapters and runs into reems.
Link here - but do not operate machinery while reading this text.
The Victorian Web will be useful, especially when it comes to the social issues of the day. Just trying to find an introduction. :-/
Hmm - a very disturbed day. It doesn't help that my office is nought but a thoroughfare between the front door and the rest of the house. Managed just over 700 words (planning stage only), but not sure where to go with it. Right now, I am concentrating on the Industrial Revolution, the Poor and Education of the day.