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Title: [M. O'Sullivan, Killyman?], Moy to Primate Beresford, [Armagh?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Gender
Sender Occupationclergyman?
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginMoy, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientPrimate Beresford
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshippolitical affairs involving religion
SourceT 2772/1/11/141 Col xi: Copies of Primate Beresford's Correspondence.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9404153
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 20:04:1994.
Word Count701
Transcript[?] [?] O'Sullivan
June [14?] 1849

[Killyman?] Rectory
Moy, June 8 1849

My Lord
I have the honer [honour?] to
enclose the copy of Mr Dallas's
letter and beg to thank
your grace for letting me
see it, as well as for your
consent to my loan under
the Board of Works -
The letter of Mr Dallas
causes me to regret that I
can discover among my [papers?]
little trace of a correspondence
in what I was engaged (so far
as the interchange of a few letters)
with members of the Special
Fund Committee. It commenced
I remember with an
[instruction?] to me that the Committee
had some funds at
their disposal remaining from
the funds confided to them
are to be employed according
to the principles of their
society - In reply to a request
that I would state my
opinion as to the best mode of
employing it, I suggested the
endowment of lectureships in
some of our leading Towns -
and if the resources were
adequate, assisting the Clergy
in favourable localities
where additional curates
were most desirable. I
stated the advantages which
might result from an agency
approved and [directed?]
by the Bishops and Rectors
of the Church, and developing
its powers as part of a system
already in operation, not as a
new agent causing alarm
and suspicion because it was
new. I remonstrated against
peril and inconvenience of
setting apart the Clergy, when
the Committee were to march
for a special mission, and
objected to it on principle as
well as for the tendency it
would have to revive a national
prejudice against the
society and the enterprise
I remember saying that the
influence of the Roman Catholic
Priests over their people
was weakened, and that
such a mission as the
Committee meditated would
have the effect of reviving it.
I fear much that the present
aims of the society are ill directed.
It is not well to associate
England, thus, in the
minds of the Irish Roman
Catholics, with the effort to
disabuse them. Were the
society to have ended as
in the manner suggested
by your Grace, controversial
preaching would appear,
as it ought to appear, Scriptural
and Protestant. Associated
as it will now be, with
the views of an English Society
the Priests of the Church of Rome
will be able to turn national
prejudices to account
against it. A great occasion,
I believe, will thus be lost.
I must, however, say that
I hardly thing we have
material in the church
for taking extensive advantage
of such occasions. The more
I reflect on the subject the
more I feel the want of
systematic instruction and
training in the Dublin University
a grievous defeat. In all
other departments, even in
the divinity school I have
no doubt the academic
system is much improved,
but students in divinity are
not prepared as they
should be for the discharge
of their duties in a
country circumstance like
this. Under all difficulties
however, it seems manifest
that good dispositions are
growing in the minds of the
Roman Catholic people, and
that the zeal and efficiency
of the clergy of our church are
dayly [daily?] improving. It is some
what [somewhat?] strange that when they
are most worthy of confidence,
Societies which offer them aid, seem
least disposed to confide in
them - Perhaps it will be all
for the better. I have the [hereto?] to
your Graces obliged and
[?] servt [servant?]
[?] [?]

It is not, I apprehend, saying
any thing [anything?] of which your Grace
is not aware, to notice how
the passion to emigrate
grows when our people have
Difficulties of the moment
prospects and apprehensions
for the future - alarm as
to the potatoe [potato?] crop, fear
of lower markets than those
of last year, and a sense
of wrong as well as injury
in the whole Poor Law
system are producing
their effects. Some of the
most reputable among
our farmers are making
preparations to leave the
country or to send part of
their families abroad who are
to prepare places for themselves
- I fear there will be
many ruined landlords
and many unoccupied [farms?]
in Tyrone before the year
closes - And notwithstanding
all their dangers landlords
remain inactive