Burritt, Elihu, 1810-1879 / A journal of a visit of three days to Skibbereen, and its neighbourhood (1847)
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.’)”
—See “The Times” of Saturday, March 13.
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