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Title: Evidence Given by Several Recruits From the Royal Engineers.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
SenderRecruits from the Royal Engineers
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
Recipient Genderunknown
Relationshipre police evidence
SourceOP 1861/16:
ArchiveThe National Archives, Dublin.
Doc. No.9801331
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 12:01:98.
Word Count160
TranscriptDublin Metropolitan Police.
Superintendents Office,
G Division
16 Dec 1861

In reference to the annexed file, I beg to report that,
I have caused enquiry to be made at the Termini of the
Midland G [Great?] Western and G S & W [Great Southern
& Western?] Railways, and learned that the number of
men specified, did not on the 12th instant, nor upon
any other days during last week, proceed to Galway;
the railway officials positively stated that such
an occurrence could not take place without their
Sergeant McCarthy of the 9th Regmt. [Regiment?]
pointed out to two of my officers the place at which
he lost sight of the man who accosted the recruits,
and on examining the place they found that, there is
a passage leading from the lane under the railway
into a yard; and from thence to Aldboro'
Court, thro' which, no doubt he made his escape
instead of taking refuge in a house as the
sergeant supposed.
Descriptions of the man: - Name unknown, about
35 years of age, 5 feet 6 inches high, stout make,
dark complexion, black hair, small dark whiskers,
round full face, dressed in dark clothes; has the
appearance of a tailor, and carried a vest hung
across his arms.
John Delany, Recruit, Royal Engineers, stated
to the officers that, he saw the man on Saturday
night, 14th instant, in a public house on Innis
Quay, in which singing is allowed, and that he
would be able to identify him at any time, but
added that he expected to be going to England
in a day or two.
I have no doubt but that the police would be able
to trace out and apprehend this man if it should
be considered advisable to do so; when, perhaps
Delany's evidence would be required.
I have been credibly informed that the Brotherhood
of St. Patrick have a Depot in Liverpool in which
the men proceeding to the Federal States are supplied
with all necessaries, and that instead of going
to Galway, they go by Liverpool, and that they only
get the Steam Boat fare from Dublin to Liverpool.
I have sent two officers to watch the trains from
this city to Cork and Galway, and another to watch
the steamboats leaving the port for Liverpool with
instructions to take an account (if any should go)
of the number of men supposed to be emigrating to
America, the result of which, and further enquiries,
shall be reported in due course.
Daniel Ryan, Superintendent.