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Title: Bernard McManus, Ballycastle to Rev. Robert Gage, Rathlin Island.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMcManus, Bernard/76
SenderMcManus, Bernard
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationgovernment inspector
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBallycastle, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
DestinationRathlin Island, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientRev Robert Gage
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshippolitics, bureaucracy
SourceT 1883/72: Copied by Permission of D. B. McLaughlin Esq.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9006173
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by JM 28:02:1994.
Word Count452
Note(very incomplete transcript)
TranscriptMy dear Sir,
I have been for some
time [past?] expecting a
final answer from the
Rathlin Committee as
to what resolution they
have come to on tne subject
of continuing or not under
the Relief Act - You promised
when I last had the pleasure
of seeing you that you wd [would?]
communicate their determination
as to whether they wd [would?] resign
or not, the first moment you
could -
I gave you the answer
of the Commissrs [Commissioners?] to the
effect that the Treasury
will not allow in any
case more than an equivalent
grant to be given in the
case of subscriptions, so
that really they had not the
power to comply with yr [your?]
request of a grant for
double the amt [amount?]
They however were & are willing
to give as grant equal
to any amt [amount?] of subscription
raised - & they have complied,
as I before mentd [mentioned?]
to you, with all yr [your?] other
considerations, in past they
did all in their power to
meet any objection raised
on the part of the committee
I have now however
the pleasure to communicate
to you intelligence that
plows the question of
resignation completely
aside & does away with
all necessity for it -
As the Commissrs [Commissioners?] have
not the power of granting
more than an equivalent
sum of money, they, in
consideration of the peculiar
circumstances of the island

have ordered the Commissary
General to give #40
worth of provisions out
of the funds placed in his
hands by the British
Association, which will
suit our purposes equally
as well - So that should
you continue under the
Relief Act, you will get
from Govt [Government?] 1st this grant
of #40 of provisions & 2ndly
an equivalent sum in cash
to the amt [amount?] of yr [your?] subscriptions
The latter I find, at 1/0 in the
pound, on the poor law valuation
will amt [amount?] to #48..17..3.. &
I believe there are #10 or 15# more
subscribed by other parties
making an equivalent from
Govt [Government?] of 58# to 63# more
in all #98 to #103 from Govt [Government?]
in addition to [1/0?] local subscriptn [Subscription?]
So that really I think you are
getting as much from them as you
could reasonably expect under
any circumstances
When will you be over again
I wd [would?] like to see you to speak over
this matter as well as relative to the
change we propose to make in
the day of meeting for the Famine
Committee - The latter we think
of making Monday in place of
Hoping all with you is quite
Believe me Revd [Reverend?] dear Sir
in [?] [?] Yours sincerely
Bernd [Bernard?] McManus
June 9th