Smith O’Brien occupied far more of the time and attention of the House of Commons, during the Session, by his refusal to serve on a railway Committee than by his speeches. This refusal gave rise to some delicate questions of constitutional law, and consigned the hon. gentleman to prison for twenty-five days. See note B, APPENDIX.
 Lord George Bentinck: a political biography, 5th edition, revised, p. 158.
 Lord George Bentinck, a Political Biography, by Benjamin D’Israeli.
 Sir Robert Peel’s Memoirs, part 3, page 310. Any one can see how little poor famine-stricken Ireland was before Sir Robert’s mind, when he penned the above lines.
 The Irish Crisis, by Sir Charles E. Trevelyan.
 This observation was, in all probability, levelled at the Dublin Evening Mail; a newspaper which Sir Lucius would be sure to read, being one of the organs of his party, and which had, sometime before, with a heartless attempt at humour, called the blight “the potato mirage.”
 The Freeman’s Journal.
 Ibid. This correspondent tells an anecdote of a peasant whose heroic generosity contrasts strongly with the conduct of the above noble proprietors. He (the correspondent) stood by a pit of potatoes whilst the owner, a small farmer, was turning them for the purpose of picking out and rejecting the bad ones. The man informed him it was the fourth picking within a fortnight. At the first picking, he said the pit contained about sixty barrels, but they were now reduced to about ten. Whilst this conversation was going on, a beggar came up and asked an alms for God’s sake. The farmer told his wife to give the poor woman some of the potatoes, adding—“Mary, give her no bad ones, God is good, and I may get work to support us.”