I thought that too but he knew she wouldn't last long if he cared for her welfare he would have took her to the nearest town the mill owner gave him the money to give back to the workhouse then later on you saw him spending it on steak and booze.
Anybody see this last night? I'm getting quite into it now. Depressing but kind of refreshing compared to bouncey flouncy 'bonnet dramas' as DH calls them. I live very near Quarry Bank Mill and it was an oft-covered history topic/trip! Interestingly, I think we mostly learnt that the Greggs were quite generous/progressive compared to some mill owners, but I guess it's all relative.