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By Elihu Burritt
Famines – Ireland – Skibbereen Skibbereen (Ireland) – Economic conditions
A Journal of a Visit of Three Days to Skibbereen, and its Neighbourhood
CHARLES GILPIN, 5, BISHOPGATE—STREET WITHOUT.
JOHN WHITEHOUSE SHOWELL, 26, UPPER TEMPLE—STREET.
EXTRACT FROM THE SPEECH OF LORD JOHN RUSSELL,
On The Irish Poor Relief Bill, March 12th, 1847.
“A gentleman who lately called upon me, and whom I have every reason
to trust, gave me a letter from a person resident in that union
(Skibbereen,) stating, that though the property within the union is
rated to the poor as being of the value of L8,000 a—year only, its
actual value is no less than L130,000 a—year, and that, until
September last, no rate had been made exceeding sixpence in the
pound, but that, in November, a rate was made of ninepence in the
pound; but that rate has never been levied. (Loud cries of ’Hear,
hear.’)“–See ”The Times“ of Saturday, March 13.
Elihu Burritt, well known on both sides of the Atlantic by his devoted
labours for the good of mankind, especially in the promotion of peace
and universal brotherhood, has recently paid a visit to some of the
distressed parts of Ireland, principally with a view of sending a
statement of facts, from his own observation, to his native country,
together with an appeal on behalf of the sufferers under the awful
pressure of famine and disease.
In this appeal, which was sent to the United States by the last steam
packet, Elihu Burritt, speaking of the locality he had visited,
says:–“I have come to this indescribable scene of destitution,
desolation, and death, that I might get the nearer to your sympathies;
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