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Title: Bernard McManus, Ballycastle to the Relief Commission, Dublin.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMcManus, Bernard/72
SenderMcManus, Bernard
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationgovernment inspector
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBallycastle, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
DestinationDublin, Ireland
RecipientRelief Commissioner
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshippolitics, bureaucracy
SourceT 1883/69: Copied by Permission of D. B. McLaughlin Esq.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8809177
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by JM 28:02:1994
Word Count446
Note(very incomplete transcript)
TranscriptBallycastle Union
May 21
Mr Relief Commissioner


I was only waiting
for your answer to my
first application for more than
the usual allowance in the
case of subscriptions, to the
island of Rathlin, hoping
that yr [your?] answer wd [would?] be favourable,
before I wd [would?] forward to your
letter I recd [received?] some time back
from the Relief Committee
of that district thro' [through?] their
Chairman Revd [Reverend?] Mr Gage
As, [?] yr [your?] answer recd [received?] this
day, holds out no such hope,
I now beg to enclose you the
letter in [question?] and shall
merely remark that the case
is a very severe one, & such
as I consider would justify
if it could be done the breaking
thro' [through?] of a rule which in [most?]
instances may be very [correct?]
& necessary, but in this of
an island so peculiarly
circumstanced & with so many
disadvantages to struggle
agst [against?] as Rathlin, is
not at all suitable & I would
even say almost unjust

There is not one of the
divisions, with the exeception [exception?]
of the Glens, anything like
so [poor?] or requiring more
assistance than this, and
yet only the same amt [amount?]
of relief is extended to it
as to others that have
many more local advantages
& the benefit of many
residents [resident?] gentry to assist
& carry them thro [through?] their
dreadful crisis.


You will see by the enclosed
that the Committee [require?]
1st a sum, at the very least
double the amt [amount?] subscribed.
2nd Not to be called on to assist
for any sums of money except
such as may be specially placed
at their disposal as a Relief
Committee 3rd The option of
using their own [discretion?] as
to giving rations daily or less
frequently, as they may see
Last & 4th that the clerk
should not be compelled to
accompany the books over
when sending in their fortnight
statements. To the 1st you
alone have the power to
concede, if it can be done at all, last
to the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th I took on
myself to say that circumstances
as that E Duncan peculiarly [?]
they might use their own discretion
as to how often it wd [would?] be [?]
to give out relief in the week,
as also as to the necessity of
sending over the clerk, and as
to [anointing?] for any monies
except those placed in their hands
as a Relief Committee, it never
occured [occurred?] to the Commissrs. [Commissioners?]
to make so unreasonable demands.

Will you be so good as to let
me know, what further steps
I am to take

I have the honour to be
Yr [your?] obt [obedient?] servant
B [Bernard?] McManus
Inspecting Officer