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Title: "Manhattan" and the Fenians.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Genderunknown
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew York, USA
RecipientMorning Herald
Recipient Genderunknown
Relationshipletter to newspaper re Fenians
SourceThe Armagh Guardian, Friday, 23 October 1863.
ArchiveThe Central Library, Belfast.
Doc. No.9508092
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 11:08:1995.
Word Count359
Transcript"MANHATTAN" AND THE FENIANS. - In his last letter
to the Morning Herald, "Manhattan" refers to the
Fenian invasion in the following characteristic
terms: - We have been sadly startled in this city
at the proceedings of the "Fenian Brotherhood".
It seems that this society numbers now 1,200,000:
they have "Centres" all over the United States;
they have 200,000 enlisted soldiers to deliver
Ireland from the oppressor. As soon as the time
comes, steamers will be hired to transport them
to Dublin or Kinsale harbour. Then the Fenian
Brotherhood will go to work. Very likely they
will use the Russian fleet to cross the Atlantic.
There is no telling what will be done. Some of
the Fenians with whom I have conversed speak
confidently of marching upon London after the
British forces are driven out of Ireland. Before
they start I will endeavour to make arrangements
that they spare Shoe Lane, and protect your
newspaper establishment. It may cost something,
but that I shall not mind if English exchange
keeps up. The army of Ireland deliverers will be
commanded by General Thomas Frank Meagher in
person. It seems now that he had 500,000 other
Irishmen who joined our army to fight the
South (300,000 have been killed) and only did
so in order to practise and keep their hands
in, so as to fight with success against England
when the hour arrived. It seems that Secretary
Seward, who is a great friend of Archbishop
Hughes, is kept posted in the matter. The
expedition of 200,000 would have gone to
Ireland long ago, but Mr. Lincoln requested it
not to go until Mr. Laird's two rams had got
to sea. General Corcoran, it is said, will go
out in command of one of the Fenian divisions.
It is stated that the true reason why Earl Russell
sent off the deep Virginian, James Mason, from
London, was because he was afraid that dining
him on the sly would offend the Fenians, and
make them more bloodthirsty when they reached
Ireland. It is well that you should know what
is in store for you. The Irish papers make
constant allusions to the Fenians and the
contemplated invasion.