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Mitchel, John, 1815-1875

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Title: Threats Of Coercion : electronic text
Author: Mitchel, John, 1815-1875

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Late in 1845, on the eve of the Great Hunger in Ireland, several British newspapers published calls for coercive measures to be taken against anticipated aragrian unrest in Ireland, including the use of Irish railways to transport troops quickly throughout the island. In response, John Mitchel published this article in The Nation's November 22, 1845 issue, causing a great deal of consternation among Daniel O'Connell's supporters in the Repeal Association. Charles Gavan Duffy, The Nation's publisher, wrote a defense of Mitchel's piece for the following issue of The Nation. Publication of Mitchel's article resulted the prosecution of Duffy the following June for seditious libel. The trial, with Mitchel acting as Duffy's defense attorney, ended in a hung jury.

Mitchel mentions this episode briefly in The Last Conquest of Ireland (Perhaps), pp. 110-111. Duffy provides a much richer account in his Four Years of Irish History, pp. 116-124 and 149-159.

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Title: Threats Of Coercion
Publisher: C. G. Duffy
Place: Dublin
Date: November 22, 1845
Series: The Nation v. IV no. 163 p. 88

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