|Halifax Repealers to Wm. Smith O'Brien
|Irish Emigration Database
|Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Rathkeale, Co. Limerick, Ireland
|Smith O'Brien, William
|committee of Irish emigrants sign a political lett
|The Nation, Dublin, Saturday, 24 June, 1848.
|The Linenhall Library, Belfast.
|Document added by LT, 19:06:96.
|AMERICA AND IRELAND.
Mr. O'Brien has received the following address of the
To WM. [William?] SMITH O'BRIEN, Esq.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 2nd, 1848.
DISTINGUISHED SIR - We, the Irishmen of Halifax and
friends of Ireland, without distinction of creed or party, in
public meeting now assembled, beg to tender to you and
your compatriot Confederates our most grateful
acknowledgement for your untiring and invaluable services in
the cause of Irish nationality.
We have ever been foremost amongst our countrymen on
this continent in sanctioning by our countenance and the
contribution of our means the cause you so nobly maintain;
and although for a time inactive lookers-on, while the
struggle for freedom was progressing at home, we were not
No! our hearts bled for the sufferings of our country,
and our souls sickened at the oppression and neglect which
consigned millions of our fellow-countrymen, brethren, and
friends, to an early tomb. We prayed that the cup of
bitterness might soon be full; that the long night of
slavery, which has hung, pall-like, over the "green isle,"
and made desolate the face of our beloved Erin, might pass
away, the sun of prosperity once more shine upon her, and
the blessings of peace and happiness animate and invigorate
her social constitution. Sad disappointment! melancholy
reverse! The clouds but thicken, the darkness of slavery
becomes even more intense, and the millions who should be
free, and who were created for a higher and nobler destiny
than that of surfdom, are still suppliants at the door of
England for justice - simple justice - still refused.
The progress of events leads us to believe that the end of
Irish forbearance is at hand; that the last battle for Irish
freedom is about to be fought; that the blow which is to
sunder for ever the chain of slavery, forged in the hour of
our country's weakness by the accursed Act of Union, must
now be struck. At such a crisis the Irishmen of Halifax could
not be silent nor inactive spectators.
We have met, men of all creeds and classes, as a band of
brothers, to speak out the thought that is in us; to raise
our voices once more in deprecation of the wrongs of our
afflicted country, and to resolve on means to aid her in the
hour of her trial. [The report of the proceedings
accompanying will show our determination.] To you, then,
distinguished sir, and your compatriot labourers in the
great work of Ireland's regeneration, to whom we have
dictated this address, we pledge our energetic support.
Although the broad Atlantic rolls between the land we
love and the home of our adoption, not all its waste of
waters could wash out that love, which will continue fresh
and green in our hearts, until they cease to throb. Proceed
with the good work; the eyes of thousands of your exiled
countrymen are turned upon you with hope.
May heaven smile upon your efforts, and crown them with
success, is the fervent prayer of the Irishmen and the
friends of Ireland in Halifax.
Signed on behalf of the meeting, by
BERNARD O'NEILL, Chairman.
WM. [William?] CONDON, Secretary.