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January 11, 1847

IRELAND. (From Our Own Correspondent).

PROGRESS OF DISTRESS

January 9 1847

From the intelligence received today it appears that the list of districts suffering under extreme destitution must be now added the Queen's County, Carlow Sentinel, a journal, it should be borne in mind, but little inclined to cast undeserved blame upon the landed proprietors:

"With feelings of deep regret for the welfare of the extensive district of Ballickmoyler, comprising the large Barony of Slievemarigue, we learn that all hopes have vanished of actual provision for the wants of the population, unless the Government come forward and that speedily, with liberal measures of relief. In these times for they are times of peril -- men must speak out; and we shall do our duty fearlessly in calling on the non-residential proprietors to come forward and to lend their cooperation or they will, when too late, regret the consequences of their neglect. In the Ballickmoyler district, Queen's County, a few have, it is true, contributed; but where are the names of the Earl Kenmore, or of the Earl of Portarlington, upon whose estates a vast mass of hideous poverty exists? We have not heard that 1s of their money has yet been contributed, although their agents draw large sums from the extensive estates of these two noblemen in the awfully distressed district to which we refer.

We have heard, but cannot say the rumour is true, that Sir Charles Coote, M.P., has only forwarded the relief fund the paltry sum of 10l. Can this be true? We really cannot credit the assertion that a wealthy baronet, of large estate in a barony of the country which he represents, with a vast means of pauperism in the district, and a great number of starving people on his estate, would only contribute a sum of 10l! If he has been so fortunate as to send 1s. more we shall apologize for our error in the cause of humanity and the poor of our country. Our readers should fully comprehend the causes why we dwell on a subject of so much importance in this district of the Queen's County.

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