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Title: Letter on Emigration, to the Editor of The Armagh Guardian.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationtenant farmer
Sender Religionunknown
DestinationArmagh, N.Ireland
RecipientEditor of The Armagh Guardian
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipletter to newspaper re emigration
SourceThe Armagh Guardian, 7 April 1871.
ArchiveThe Central Library, Belfast.
Doc. No.9410002
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 06:10:1994.
Word Count377

SIR - As there seems to be large surplus just now of
revenue over expenditure, it seems a wise suggestion
of a Member of Parliament, made last week, to appropriate
some few thousands of this surplus for the purpose
of shipping to Canada the unemployed mechanics of
our towns, and the idle labourers of Ireland. There
is no hope of these if left at home. There are the
parties who in Meath and Westmeath are plotting
mischief against the farmers as well as the Landlords.
In case these idlers are kept in the country, they
must be fed, or they will plot and rob and do worse,
and as we have large fields for them to spread on, our
duty is to help them to emigrate at once, and in this
way, empty of idlers the poor-houses as well as the
unsightly cabins where they squat and increase.
I know the Irish Priests are opposed to wholesale
emigration, on their own account. It is from these
miserable squatters they draw their dues, and these
must be paid, though the peasantry have to beg for
them. But the time is come when we must be done
with both priest and peasant and if we are to have
peace in Ireland, we must give the land rest from political
demagogues who use the misery of these paupers
as a cover for their idle declamation against
English rule in Ireland.
It is to Irish mobs, too, we owe the outrages at
elections. Were they gone, the respectable people
could and would live in peace behind them, and the
sooner the State supplies the means the better for all
parties. The Irish fenians had their passage money
paid for them, and got besides £5 a man, as pocket-money
to carry them through the States, and it will
be no loss in the long run to take half a million of the
Income Tax, and with it ship to the new fields in Canada
hundreds of the Irish young men and girls who are longing
to get away from the hardships inseparable
from their cabin homes in Old Ireland. To my
own knowledge the young of both sexes are now ready
to leave, and the sooner they get the means the
MARCH 30, 1871.