The History of Land Tenure in Ireland

The History of Land Tenure in Ireland

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...life of the nation, failed. This failure, partial in 1845 and complete in 1846, brought famine with fever in its train, and death dark-winged brooded over the face of the land. Misery and despair seized the people, and horrors unimaginable crowd the history of the terrible year that turned the country into one vast grave. No words can paint the scenes that were the every day history of that time. The clarion had been sounded however, class prejudice, religious antagonism, national differences, were lost for the while. England rose to help the dying and to fight as far as lay in her power the inexorable forces of starvation and disease. From the cot and from the castle the wealth of England was poured in no scanty stream to succour and sustain. Alas, the magnitude of the awful crisis was far beyond the power of hurried organization and defective plans to cope with, even though into the lap of the perishing nation was flung the riches of a mighty kingdom. Public works on a gigantic basis were schemed, but the starving people dropped dead as they worked, labour and exposure being fatal; and the plan, which had developed into a mass of jobbery, was abandoned. Re notable in contrast to the above that as early as the reign of William III. compensation for permanent improvements was given to the Protestant ecclesiastics, for 10 Will. III. c. 6 (Irish) enabled every ecclesiastical dignitary to recover from his successor two-thirds of the money laid out on necessary improvements. See Sigerson, pp. 108--110. course was then had to large supplies of food rations; but despite all efforts 200,000 to 300,000 perished of famine or disease. When the ghastly picture is considered, one is filled with surprise that the efforts of England--which, though they...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236568362
  • 9781236568366