|William Cole, New York, To The Readers Of The Irish American.
|Irish Emigration Database
|New York, USA
|The Readers of the Irish American
|The Armagh Guardian, Friday, September 17, 1858.
|The Central Library, Belfast.
|Document added by LT, 02:07:97.
|TO THE READERS OF THE IRISH AMERICAN.
As I am about to pay a visit to Ireland, and will leave by
the steamer Prince Albert, of the New York and Galway
line, which sailed on the 21st instant it may be satisfactory
to the readers of this journal to be made acquainted
with the fact that the objects of my journey
are chiefly to obtain a correct insight into the condition
and prospects of the Irish people and the Irish Party
at home, and to make such arrangements for the most
speedy receipt of the earliest and most correct information
on all matters of national or local interest for the
use of the readers of the Irish American, as the direct
communication now existing between Ireland and America
demands and affords. In addition, I shall make
it a special duty of my mission, to collect and rescue
from the obscurity in which they have too long lain,
as many of the literary relics of our venerable language
as possible, to the end that their publication
may contribute at the same time to their preservation
and to the dissemination of a knowledge of this, one of
the oldest tongues of Europe. In this effort I hope I
shall receive the co-operation and encouragement of
Irish scholars and possessors of rare and valuable
manuscripts, whose favours shall be duly acknowledged.
During my absence in Europe, the Irish American
will be under the management of Mr Patrick J. Meehan,
step-son of my lamented partner, the late Patrick
Lynch, and guardian of his children, who has been
connected with the paper almost from its commencement,
and is in every way qualified for the task.
In addition to the usual interesting features of the
paper, I will endeavour from time to time, during my
journey through the different countries of Ireland, to
give such descriptions of familiar scenes and remarkable
localities as will, I doubt not, recommend themselves
to the reader, if for nothing else, at least for the
recollections of "Home" which they must naturally
excite, for which purpose they will be as nearly
"daguerreotypes" as my ability will permit.
With the facilities for establishing permanent
correspondence and obtaining the earliest information
afforded by being actually at the fountain head, I do not
doubt that the Irish American will at once take the
lead of its class in this New World, and leave its rivals
in the field of Irish journalism far in the background
in point of interest, utility, and literary power.
Wishing all friends on this side [of?] the ocean
uninterrupted happiness and prosperity, and bespeaking their
good wishes on my journey, and kind recommendations
to those in "the Green Isle," I now take leave of them,
hoping soon to meet them again in that interchange of
sentiment of which the electric tie that unites our
native land to this mighty continent affords at once the
type and instrument. WILLIAM L. COLE. New York,
August 17, 1858.