The History of the Great Irish Famine of 1847 (3rd ed.) (1902) eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 575 pages of information about The History of the Great Irish Famine of 1847 (3rd ed.) (1902).
after becoming Prime Minister—­The Potato Blight reappears—­Accounts from the Provinces—­Father Mathew’s letter—­Value of the Potato Crop of 1846—­Various remedies, theories, and speculations—­State of the weather—­Mr. Cooper’s observations at Markree Castle—­Lord Monteagle’s motion in the House of Lords for employing the people—­Profitable employment the right thing—­The Marquis of Lansdowne replies—­It is hard to relieve a poor country like Ireland—­Lord Devon’s opinion—­The Premier’s statement about relief—­The wonderful cargo of Indian meal—­Sir R. Peel’s fallacies—­Bill for Baronial Sessions—­Cessation of Government Works—­The Mallow Relief Committee—­Beds of stone!—­High rents on the poor—­The Social Condition of the Hottentot as compared with that of Mick Sullivan—­Rev. Mr. Gibson’s views—­Mr. Tuke’s account of Erris (Note)—­Close of the Session of Parliament, 131

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The Labour-rate Act passed without opposition:  entitled, An Act to Facilitate the Employment of the Labouring Poor—­Its provisions—­Government Minute explaining them—­Heads of Minute—­Rate of wages—­Dissatisfaction with it—­Commissary-General Hewetson’s letter—­Exorbitant prices—­Opinion expressed on this head by an American Captain—­The Government will not order food as Sir R. Peel did—­Partial and unjust taxation—­Opposition to the Labour-rate Act—­Reproductive employment called for—­Lord Devon’s opinion—­Former works not to be completed under the Act—­Minute of 31st of August—­Modified by Mr. Labouchere’s letter of 5th of September—­People taxed who paid a rent of L4 a year—­In many cases a hardship—­Barren works the great blot of the Labour-rate Act—­Arguments against the Act—­Resources of the country should have been developed—­Panic among landowners—­Rev. Mr. Moore’s letters—­Level roads a good thing—­Food better—­A cry of excessive population raised—­Ireland not overpeopled—­Employ the people on tilling the soil—­Sir R. Routh takes the same view—­Relief Committee of Kells and Fore—­Reproductive employment—­Plan suggested—­Address to the Lord Lieutenant—­True remedy—­O’Connell on the Famine—­Writes from Darrynane on the subject—­Money in the hands of Board of Works—­Compulsory reclamation of waste lands—­Drainage Bill—­Mr. Kennedy’s opinion—­Who is to blame?—­The Government, the landlords, or the people?—­O’Connell for united action—­Outdoor relief will confiscate property—­Proposed Central Committee—­Several Committees meet in Dublin—­Mr. Monsell’s letter—­His views—­Against unproductive labour—­Money wasted—­Appeal to the Government—­Cork deputation to the Prime Minister—­His views—­He now sees great difficulties in reclaiming waste lands—­Platitudes—­Change of views—­Requisition for meeting in Dublin—­Unexpected publication of the “Labouchere Letter” authorizing reproductive works—­Verdict of the Government against itself, 167

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