The Christian World; Magazine of the American and Foreign Christian Union Volume 3, Nos. 9-12

The Christian World; Magazine of the American and Foreign Christian Union Volume 3, Nos. 9-12

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ... 1,115,007, --showing, that in the mean time, no less than 269,353 of all the habitations of the country had been levelled to the ground! VVe find, from _the same source of information, that this dreadful clearance has chiefly taken pla%'among the small farmers-that humble class so graphically describcd by the poet, whose little plot " Just gave what life required, but gave no more." In 18-15 there were, as already stated, near 1,000,000 of holdings in Ireland; and of this number, those which contained from 1 to 5 acres each, amounted to 310, -1.36, and supported 1,862,250 individuals---more than one fifth of the population. The census of 1851 has revealed the awful fact, that near three fourths of this entire class have been swept away--there being then but 91,618 holdings, supporting 549,708 individuals! Ve find, moreover, that of all the holdings which are under 15 acres each, one half have disappeared, involving the clearance of 1,500,000 souls. All this in a few short years! yet even now, the depopulation goes on as rapidly as ever. Who that has a heart can read these details without emotion? NEAR TWO HUNDRED AND snvsrrrv THOUSAND DWELLINGS swept away! And in these the pulse of affection once heat warmly; for nature has endowed the peasant with feelings as well as the prince. To these, the poor man proudly brought his bride. In these, they no doubt spent years of humble contentment, cheered amidst their sorrows by each other's love. There the mother has smiled over her infant's cradle, and perhaps wept, over its coffin too; and the hardy father has had his toils beguiled by the innocent prattle of his little ones. And there, too, have they often knelt around their dying embers and in their own humble way more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236845366
  • 9781236845368