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Burritt, Elihu, 1810-1879 / A journal of a visit of three days to Skibbereen, and its neighbourhood (1847)

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EXTRACT FROM THE SPEECH OF LORD JOHN RUSSELL,

On The Irish Poor Relief Bill, March 12th, 1847.

“A gentleman who lately called upon me, and whom I have every reason to trust, gave me a letter from a person resident in that union (Skibbereen,) stating, that though the property within the union is rated to the poor as being of the value of £8,000 a‐year only, its actual value is no less than £130,000 a‐year, and that, until September last, no rate had been made exceeding sixpence in the pound, but that, in November, a rate was made of ninepence in the pound; but that rate has never been levied. (Loud cries of ‘Hear, hear.’)”

SeeThe Timesof Saturday, March 13.

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