The Last Conquest of Ireland (Perhaps)

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of the Devon Commissioners, with a privity to that design. Sir Robert Peel knew how Irish landlords would inquire,—and what report they would make,—just as well as he knew what verdict a jury of Dublin Orangemen would give. Sir Robert Peel had been Irish Secretary. He knew Ireland well; he had been Prime Minister at the time of Catholic Emancipation; and he had taken care to accompany that measure with another, disfranchising all the small farmers in Ireland. This disfranchisement, as before explained, had given a stimulus and impetus to the clearance system. He had helped it by cheap Ejectment Acts. But it had not worked fast enough. ...continue reading »

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The Last Conquest of Ireland (Perhaps)

by John Mitchel


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