What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Letters on the Condition of the People of Ireland (Classic Reprint)
Thomas Campbell Foster
No preview available - 2015
absentee acre advantage afford agent agricultural amongst Ballyshannon barony benefit capital cattle cause Cavan Celts comfort con-acre condition corn cottages cows crop cultivation district Donegal draining effect ejected employed endeavour England English Enniskillen evidence evils fact farm farmer Galway gentleman Gentlemen of Ireland give Glenties grass Gweedore Ibid improve increase industry Irish island Kerry labour Land Commissioners landlord leases Leitrim letter live Lord Lough Lough Allen Lough Erne magistrate manure Mayo means ment middleman miles misery Molly Maguireism natural neglect neighbourhood never oats opinion paid peasant peasantry Pettigo poor population potatoes poverty produce profit proprietors prosperity purchase reclaimed remedy rent Repeal resident Resolutions proper road Royal Dublin Society says Sligo soil starving subsistence subsoil surface-soil tenant-right tenantry tenants town Ulster wages want of employment waste lands wealth whilst wretched
Page 17 - THE annual labour of every nation is the fund which originally supplies it with all the necessaries and conveniences of life which it annually consumes, and which consist always either in the immediate produce of that labour, or in what is purchased with that produce from other nations.
Page 287 - England— why then live?— for rent! The peace has made one general malcontent Of these high-market patriots; war was rent! Their love of country, millions all misspent, How reconcile? by reconciling rent! And will they not repay the treasures lent? No: down with everything, and up with rent! Their good, ill, health, wealth, joy, or discontent, Being, end, aim, religion— rent, rent, rent!
Page 17 - Every increase or diminution of capital, therefore, .naturally tends to increase or diminish the real quantity of industry, the number of productive hands, and consequently the exchangeable value of the annual produce of the land and labour of the country, the real wealth and revenue of all its inhabitants.
Page 18 - The demand for those who live by wages, therefore, necessarily increases with the increase of the revenue and stock of every country, and cannot possibly increase without it. The increase of revenue and stock is the increase of national wealth. The demand for those who live by wages, therefore, naturally increases with the increase of national wealth, and cannot possibly increase without it.
Page 429 - By heaven, I had rather coin my heart, And drop my blood for drachmas, than to wring From the hard hands of peasants their vile trash, By any indirection.
Page 129 - land " includes not only the face of the earth, but everything under it or over it.
Page 257 - In the greater part of the flat country of Belgium, the soil is light and sandy, and easily worked ; but its productive powers are certainly inferior to the general soil of Ireland, and the climate does not appear to be superior. To the soil and climate, therefore, the Belgian does not owe his superiority in comfort and position over the Irish cultivator.
Page 259 - The labour of the field, the management of the cattle, the preparation of manure, the regulating the rotation of crops, and the necessity of carrying a certain portion of the produce to market, call for the constant exercise of industry, skill, and foresight among the Belgian...
Page 318 - I was мeured that, so litdedothe people know the commercial value of money, they are constantly in the habit of pawning it. I was so incredulous of this, that the gentleman who informed me, wished me to go with him to any pawnbroker to assure myself of the fact ; and I went with him and another gentleman to a pawnbroker's shop, kept by Mr. Murray, in Galway. On asking the question, the shopman said it was quite a common thing to have money pawned, and he produced a drawer containing a A' IU Bank...
Page 520 - The same scenes of altercation and abuse take place when gossip money is refused at baptisms ; but the most painful scenes take place at extreme unction, a ceremony to which the common people in Ireland attach the utmost importance. " Pay me beforehand — this is not enough — I insist upon more, I know you can afford it, I insist upon a larger fee!