|Extract from An Emigrant's Letter Discussing Problems in America.
|Irish Emigration Database
|New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
|re hostility to Irishmen in America
|The Armagh Guardian, 20th February 1857.
|The Central Library, Belfast.
|Document added by LT, 04:08:1994.
| THE IRISH IN AMERICA.
The subjected extract from a New Orleans letter, published
in one of the Limerick papers, must be considered,
if true, as a notice to quit for the timely information
of all Celts who may be ambitious of the rights
of citizenship under the shelter of the United States:
"I must say to you that for an Irishman this is no
country any more. Hostility to him and to his holy
religion is now the order of the day with numbers of
fanatical Americans. In a word, insolent hated and
deep prejudice have led some of them even to murder
poor and unoffending men. It is not safe to go out of
doors after dark; a perfect reign of terror has prevailed
here during the last three months. Hitherto, to
witness a riot was not thought of; but, God help us!
every morning the news or the question is common
- "Who was killed last night?" The most respectable
of the Irish families here speak of emigrating to the
Brazils or Buenos Ayres. One word more: this is no
country for an Irishman any longer. I am sorry to