Published in Cavan, county Cavan
August 6, 1847


A numerous and respectably-attended meeting was held at Navan on Wednesday, "for the purpose of forming a tenant- league to promote and protect the interests of the tenant farmers and landholders of Ireland. The meeting was commenced in the court-house, but as that building could not contain near the number of persons who attended, it was afterwards adjourned to the large open space at the Church-Hill. Amongst those present were M. E. CORBALLY, H.GRATTAN, Rev. M. KELLY, P.P., Rev. J. MULLEN, Chas. BARNWALL, J.P., S. GARNETT, J.P., James O'CONNOR, J.P., F. MATHEWS, Patrick RUSSELL, James M'CANN, Ewd. CASEY, John M'EVOY, P. SMYTH, H. MARTIN, J. M'LAUGHLIN, Esq. The chair was taken by P. MATHEWS, Esq........

MAGISTRACY--His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant has been pleased to appoint John WILLCOCKS, Esq., R.M., to be a Resident Magistrate for a temporary service in the county of Louth, under the act 6 Wm. IV, cap. 13.

DREADFUL OCCURRENCE--The police are in active pursuit after Mr. WHITE, the son of a gentleman who lives not far from Nenagh, and who is charged with shooting his cousin dead. The latter was a receiver over the property, and went to distrain, when it is alleged tht the former ran into the house for his gun and fired the shot by which his cousin lost his life. He is also said to have snapped his gun at the bailiff, and then mounting on a fleet hose had eluded pursuit for the present.


Drogheda, Sunday Night

The town to-day had every appearance of impending commotion. The streets were thronged with people, chiefly of the labouring classes of the town, and from the rural districts, awaiting the arrival of Mr. Lamie MURRAY, the Repeal Candidate, whose address was posted on the walls of his tally-rooms, in Shop-street. At four o'clock, Mr. MURRAY, accompanied by a numerous staff of agents from the Repeal Association, arrived, and was conducted to Simcock's Hotel amidst t he cheers of the populace. Immediately after reaching the hotel, Mr. MURRAY appeared at the window, from which he addressed the multitude in a strain of declamation, from which it might be inferred that his new-born zeal for the legislative independence of Ireland had acquired a considerable stimulus from the boisterous welcome with which he had been received.--Mr. J. H. DUNNE also displayed his Counciliation Hall eloquence, and essayed to be a wit!

Drohega, Monday. At 12 o'clock,
Mr. John CHESTER of Dunleer, the High Sheriff, arrived, and on opening the court, a tremendous rush was made by the Repealers to get possession of every available position in the court- house. At that hour confusion seemed confounded, by the boisterous display which the Moral Force lads had made. At length, the High Sheriff, standing on the desk before the bench, succeeded in commanding a temporary silence, and the Writ of Election having been read. The High Sheriff, after dnouncing the vile conduct of those who were goading on the mob to deeds of violence, proceeded to say, that if a fair hearing were not given to all parties who had to address the meeting he would order the Court-house to be cleared of every man but the electors of the borough.....


If we wanted a proof of the decay of a party spirit, and of the general distaste to mere party politics now prevailing in Ireland, we should find it in the success whih has distin- guished Mr. SINGLETON's cause, and in the promises of support which he has received even from the Roman Catholic Electors of the County of Meath. Mr. SINGLETON is, we believe, a high, a very high Tory, but as he is possessed of considerable intelligence, he will probably, like other high Tories, who have inherited their politics with their estates, find the rough edges of their prejudices rubbed off by the friction of the House of Commons. But the fact is, the Meath Electors don't car a button about Mr. SINGLETON's politics. They do not not fear the re-enactment of the penal code, or even the repeal of the Emancipation Act. Ceteris paribus, they would prefer a candidate of more liberal, more Catholic opinions, but as none such is forthcoming, they will vote for Mr. SINGLETON, in preference to Mr. GRATTAN, because the former is a good resident landlord, an active grand juror, and because he is intimately acquainted with county interests--a species of knowledge which, let the gentlemen of the Meath Club say what they will, is far more valuable in the times in which we live, than--we will not say Mr. GRATTAN's wild advocacay of a dangerous chimera, which constitute his only claim upon Meath constituency.....


At the eleventh hour, the interested enemies of Ser. Wm. SOMMERVILLE succeeded in inducing a candidate to contest Drogheda, so long and ably represented by the present Irish Secretary. Mr. MURRAY, Director of the National Bank, was prevailed upon to come forward, and so blind are nearly one-half of the Drogheda electors to their own interest, that Sr. William narrowly escaped defeat. Mr. BOYLAN, Lord GORMANSTOWN's agent, and a violet partisan, was chiefly instrumental in getting up this most unprovoked contest. One of his charges against Sir William was amusing enough. He accused him not only of being a placeman himself, but of making idlers of the people of the town by procuring places for them! Yet it turns out that this immaculate patriot made no less than thirteen applications to Sir William for places for friends of his own! Nor did Mr. BOYLAN forget his own interestes in his zeal for others? This Drogheda Aristides, who thinks that honesty and office are incompatible, has made earnest and repeated application for some Government situation for himself, which has not been attended to. "Aye, there's the rub," Mr. BOYLAN--we understand your horror of placemen now.

BURGLARY--On last night a boy named SMITH, from the neighbourhood of Bawnboy, made an entry into the concern of Mr. Francis M'CABE, merchant, of this town, when a dog that was chained in the yard gave the alarm, and awoke the proprietor, who, with the inmates of the house, made a search, and found him concealed behind a water cask. There are strong reasons for suspecting that his accomplices were outside to assist him, had he succeeded in making an entry into the stores.


The remains of Mr. O'Connell, which had remained at Chester Cathedral for some days, awaiting the perfecting of the arrangements there were being made for their reception, were removed at half-past one p.m. on Sunday, and placed on a special train to be taken to Birkenhead. They reached the latter place in about an hour, and were an once conveyed on board the Duchess of Kent--the vessels of all nations in the river lowering their flags. A little after the Duchess of Kent weighed anchor, and arrived, after a calm and most favourable voyage within sight of the Irish shore, in about eleven hours. The hour named for the arrival of the Duchess of Kent in the bay was two o'clock, and for some hours previously every barge in the harbour was laden with anxious admirers of the illustrious dead.......


From an early hour this morning all the thorough-fares leading to the chapel in Marlborough-street, from whence the funeral cortege was to issue, were crowded with people, and the windows along the line of route were also filled with spectators.

The various bodies and societies--political and religious-- appointed to take part in the ceremonial, assembled at different localities near the place from whence the funeral set out, and jlined the line of procession as it proceeded.

The Associated Trades walked at the head of the procession, which started about 12 o'clock, after which followed Mr. O'Connell's Triumphal Car, covered with emblems of mourning. It was drawn by six horses, led by mutes. Various confraterniteis and societies came next, and after them the hearse, drown by six horses, in which the coffin, richley mounted, and covered with crimson Genoa velvet, was visible to all. A number of mourning coaches followed, after which came the Lord Mayor in his state coach, the Aldermen and Town Councillors, &c., and a long string of carriages. Notwithstanding the vast crowds that assembled, the greatest order and ecorum were preserved.


July 30, at Frittenden, the Lady Harriet MOORE, of a son. At Rockview, Westmeath, the lady of R.S. FETHERSTONAUGH, of a daughter.


July 25, at Glendermott Church, Mr. John M'CAUSLAND, of Lismaacarrol, to Sarah Jane, fourth daughter of Mr. Hugh KNOX, of Urney, Strabane.


Aug. 4, at Belturbet, Ann, the beloved daughter of Robert CAOTH, Supervisor of Excise. July 27th, at Maine, Castlebellingham, Berkley B. BUCHINGHAM, Esq.

Mr. WRIGHT, Postmaster of Belturbet, wishes us to contradict a statement which apeared in our report last week of the Crossakeel Petty Sessions; he says it is not the fact that any monied letter of Mr. KNIPE's went astray in passing through the Post Office during the past seven years, and gives Mr. KNIPE as his authority for the assertion. The half notes which were the cause of the investigation before the magistrates were, it seems, the remaining portions of two which had been given some yeas previous, by a Mr. O'REILLY, to Mr. KNIPE; Mr. O'REILLY writing soon afterwards to say that the halves produced in court were lost. If Mr. WRIGHT read our report with even common attention, he would have seen that we hazarded no opinion of our own, we merely printed what came out in evidence before the magistrates--and so we dismiss the subject.

August 13, 1847


The election for the county took place in the town of Cavan on Monday last, in the Hall of the Court House. Amongst the gentlemen present on the hustings we noticed – The High Sheriff, J. HAMILTON, Esq.; the Dean of Casbel; the Archdeacon BERESFORD; R. BURROWES, Esq., of Stradone; C. ADAMS, Esq., of Shinan;

G. M. KNIPE, Esq., of Erne Hill; M. DONNELLY, Esq.; M. PHILIPS, Esq.; J. THOMPSON, Esq.; T. F. KNIPE, Esq., C.S.; Samuel MOORE, Esq.; G, FINLAY, Esq.’ the Rev. A. M’CREIGHT; The Rev. __________ FRITH, &c., &c.

There were not fifty freeholders present. At 11 o’clock, pursuant to proclamation, the Court was opened by the High Sheriff, and the writ read by the Under Sheriff, W. BELL, Esq.

R. BURROWES, Esq., of Stradone, then came forward, and said – Mr. High Sheriff, gentlemen, and freeholders of the county of Cavan, I have the honour to propose Captain James MAXWELL a fit member, in every way qualified to represent you in Parliament. He has already been tried, and not found wanting (hear), I feel that I am not called upon to make a long speech, for, gentlemen, Ii have no explanation to give on Mr. MAXWELL’s part for any changes of opinion or abandonment of principles (hear, hear). Since you have elected him he has given his steady and consistent support to all measures tending to advance the prosperity of the country, and above all to maintain the interests of the Protestant Establishment (hear, hear, and cheers). Such as he has been hitherto, Ii feel convinced that he will remain, and I, therefore, feel the greatest gratification in proposing him as your member (hear, hear).

G. M. KNIPE, Esq., in seconding the hon. Gentleman, J. MAXWELL, said – I beg leave to second Captain MAXWELL, on the same grounds that Mr. BRUUOWES has proposed him. I have no doubt that you will be as well pleased with his future as you have been with his past parliamentary career, and that like the other members of the house of Farnham, one of whom I trust to see always representing this county – (hear) – he will steadily advocate those constitutional and consistent views for which the Farnham family have ever been distinguished (hear, hear).

C. J. ADAMS, Esq., rose and said – I have the honor to propose John YOUNG, Esq., as a proper representative for the county of Cavan; and I do so with the greatest satisfaction, for I am sure that our interests cannot be more safely confided than to one who has been occupied for the last sixteen years in ably and faithfully promoting them.

Archdeacon BERRESFORD rose to second the nomination – I have much pleasure in seconding the nomination of Mr. YOUNG; for I feel that he has faithfully discharged his duty for the last sixteen years, during which he represented this county in parliament. It is very true that I may, perhaps, differ from Mr. YOUNG upon a few points, but if we waited until we could find a member with whom we could all agree upon every point I fear that the county would have to remain unrepresented (cheers). At the same time I am bound to say, that I cannot find in Mr. YOUNG any departure from the principles which he led us to expect from him, and which he has always professed (hear, hear). For these reasons therefore, Mr. High Sheriff and Gentlemen, I beg leave to second the nomination of Mr. YOUNG, as a fit and proper person to represent this county in parliament.

No other candidate having been put in nomination,

The Hon. Captain MAXWELL came forward and addressed the electors as follows:

Mr. Sheriff and gentlemen electors of the county of Cavan, it is with feelings of sincere satisfaction and gratitude that I find myself a second time called upon to thank you for having placed me in the high and honourable position (……………) and all other attempts so to alter the nature or power of the House of Commons, as might have the effect of placing it at variance with the Crown and the House of Lords, and so impairing or destroying the balance and equable working of the different branches of the legislature (hear, and cheers). Especially have I been anxious to support the Established Church in the two countries; and no vote that I have ever given can, by any fair analogy, by any just deduction of argument or any reasonable parallel drawn from the annals of history, been shown to have injuriously affected it (hear, hear). On the contrary, I believe the course I have taken, the votes I have given, have tended to strengthen the Established Church, and render it freer from danger and attack. They have materially fortified its frontier (cheers). In the parliament which I am about to enter, I shall endeavour to discharge my duty fairly and independently – consider, and act in all such measures as may alleviate the difficulties under which this county labours – the promotion of such works as the drainage and inland navigation now proceeding in various parts of the county, under the provisions of a bill, of which, in committee, I was an active promoter (hear, hear, and cheers). I trust government may also be induced to facilitate and extend emigration – that is a question of the greatest moment to Ireland – to which I shall devote my best attention, and happy shall I be of the exertions of the legislature can afford any material relief. Something undoubtedly they may do, but more rests, and more is to be expected from the energies of the county itself, and the exertions of every class in it, if only fully and energetically put forth for the purpose. So much for the future – for the past, all I shall say is, that after now more than a year has elapsed since I quitted office, and upon the fullest consideration, I conceive I took, while in office, the only course which, as an honourable and conscientious man, I could take (hear, hear). I accepted office with the full approbation of my constituents, and I acted to the best of my judgment with the responsibilities, and under the ties it imposes (hear). I am only too happy to find that the great mass of the constituency of Cavan are ready to do justice to my motives and my conduct, and it adds to the debt of gratitude which I feel to them that those who are in a sphere, and endowed with the capacity of duly weighing the actions of public men, and the effect of great measures have acquitted me from blame, and continued me in the honourable position of their representative. (The hon. Gentleman resumed his seat amid loud cheers).

When Mr. YOUNG had concluded his speech,

The Rev. Mr. FIRTH (FRITH?) came forward and asked Mr. YOUNG if he would support the Church Education Society?

Mr. YOUNG – I do support it. If all its supporters contributed as much in proportion to their funds as I do, the Church Education Society would have more money at its disposal than the National Board. (hear, hear).

Mr. FRITH – I feel grateful for your subscription; but what I want to know is this – Will you propose in parliament that the system of education continued by the State in England be applied to Ireland? (So we understood Mr. FRITH, but from the confused way in which he put his questions it was almost impossible to catch his meaning).

Mr. YOUNG – There are upwards of six millions of Catholics in Ireland, and not one million of Protestants. Do you mean to say that you could be content with a grant bearing the same proportion to your wants that the members of the Established Church do to the nation at large.

Mr. FRITH, with some warmth – I want a straight-forward answer to my question – Yes or No.

Mr. YOUNG – I don’t understand your question, but if your meaning be that National Education in Ireland be conducted on the same principles as in England, I distinctly answer No.

The Rev. A. M’CREIGHT here said something to Mr. FRITH, upon which the latter gentleman returned to the charge again as follows: --

Will you support in parliament a petition from the bishop and clergy of this diocese for a grant of money to the Church Education Society?

Mr. YOUNG – I will.

The conversation here terminated.


About an hour after the termination of the election, a large party of the influential freeholders of the county sat down to a dejeuner a la fouchette, given in the Grand-jury Room of the Court-house to the members, and provided by Mr. DUNBAR, of the Farnham Arms, with his usual liberality and good taste. All the gentlemen whom we have named as present at the hustings partook of the dejeuner. On the left of Mr. YOUNG sat Lord Farnham, while the Hon. Captain MAXWELL laws supported by the Dean of Casbel. When ample justice had been done to the good cheer under which the tables groaned, and the usual routine toasts of the Queen, &c., had been given, Mr. YOUNG proposed the toast, "Prosperity to Ireland," which he coupled with the name of Lord Farnham, paying, as he did so, a well-deserved compliment to the zeal and benevolence with which that nobleman had devoted himself to the mitigation of the sufferings of the poor during the present alarming crisis.

Lord Farnham, in returning thanks, expressed the gratification he felt in the result of that day’s election (…….some missing here ………) raises would thereby be proportionately relieved if this system were generally adopted and acted upon, it would prove of infinite service, it was the only way to meet pressing difficulties; it was vain to look to acts of parliament, to government assistances, to academic support, the government would do but little to find and employ a whole people (hear, hear). True it was, assistance from that quarter should be taken, but not counted on as at all sufficient. A good system of drainage coupled with inland navigation, such as those now in progress at Lough Oughter and near Ballyconnell, would greatly relieve these districts and be a permanent benefit to their fertility as well as commerce; railways, also, cautiously and prudently undertaken, would profit much. But after all these public aids could only afford limited and temporary relief. Emigration, too, on sound principles, should be studiously and vigorously promoted. Still it was a resource which could only operate gradually and in the course of years (hear, hear). The real way to meet the difficulties of the season was for every man to exert himself to the utmost in his own sphere, to promote employment; to improve the cultivation of the soil, and by a better system of agriculture, repay himself while he augmented the means of subsistence and the power of the people to procure them (cheers). To this end no means could be more essential than the spread of instruction (hear, hear, and cheers). Instruction was the birthright of the people, it was not an alms to be douled(sic) out by supercitious(sic) benevolence or capricious theorists, it was a birthright. His noble friend (Lord Farnham) stated, and stated truly, that in most of the domestic arts and habits of life, the peasantry of Ireland were inferior to those of all the other countries of Western Europe. The fact was a painful one. In attempting to raise the social condition of a people, the first step must be instruction (hear, hear). Industrial education in the arts and appliances of civilized life was much needed in Ireland. How squalid was the dress of the Irish peasant; how ill-furnished his CABIN! How deficient they are in the knowledge of the commonest cookery! This was a matter of some importance. This deficiency had seriously aggravated the horrors of last winter by preventing the easy introduction and safe use of Indian corn and other substitutes for the potato. Then look at the modes and instruments of agriculture. There was much room for improvement, and of what vast advantage such improvement and knowledge might be, if really engrafted on the minds and practice of a nation, might be judged by the remark of one of our greatest historians on the state of Italy. There successive governments have risen and decayed; the splendid days of Augustus and Trajan were eclipsed by a cloud of ignorance; the Barbarians subverted the laws and palaces of Rome; the arts and splendour of the republics of the middle ages had sunk under new conquerors; but midst the ruins of governments, and the change of rulers, the simple practice of mechanic arts and agriculture survived the tempest; the scythe, the invention or emblem of the fabled Saturn, continued to mow the harvests of Italy; the user of the plough was never abandoned; ingenious modes of irrigation still fertilized the soil, and added to the wealth and comfort of an industrious peasantry (great applause). By such arts, by a general impulse in this direction, much present and permanent good might be effected for Ireland (hear, hear). He placed high value on such industrial education, but he was far from limiting education to it. He knew that, destined as the greater part of mankind are to spend each day in toiling for the day’s subsistence, other views and brighter hopes must be presented to them to reconcile them to their lot, and to soften and elevate their perceptions. The contact with daily cares and material interests must be combated and refined by the cultivation of more ideal tendencies, by moral tr4aining, and the inculcation of the pure truths of religion; for these are essential, not only to individual development and happiness, but, as he believed, to the very existence of the fabric of society (hear, hear, and loud cheering).

Capt. MAXWELL also returned thanks. After expressing in appropriate language his sense of the high honor which the electors had conferred upon him, he proceeded to say, that though for a great part of his youth he had been a stranger to the gentlemen of Cavan, having spent the early part of his life in France, he was received upon his first appearance amongst them with the utmost cordiality which he should never forget (cheers). During the eventful session that he had represented them in parliament, he had done his utmost to deserve the confidence they had extended to him on trust (hear, hear). He had been constant and vigilant in his attendance, had never missed an important division, and had ever given his vote in support of those Protestant principles to which he was and would ever remain warmly attached (loud cheering).

Mr. YOUNG proposed "The health of the Proposers and Seconders of the Member."

Archdeacon BERESFORD briefly responded as the seconder of Mr. YOUNG. He congratulated his friends around him on the tranquility which had characterised the proceedings of the day, and on the representatives they had chosen. He did this with the more satisfaction, inasmuch as he was in some measure responsible for their choice. At the previous election he had proposed Captain MAXWELL, as on the present he had seconded the nomination of Mr. YOUNG. He (transcriber’s note: we must leave these gentlemen congratulating themselves, as this is the end of the readable part of this article) (Karen – this is end of File 0003)

…..His claim was the nominee of Colonel WHITE, and in saying so he did not intend to say, and he trusted he had not said, anything disrespectful of him. He (Mr. GODFREY) and his father had been all their lives residents of the county, in which they were Poor Law Guardians, grand and petty jurors – he was perfectly acquainted in detail with the interests of the county, and he was not ashamed to be a hard-working man, and a reader of books. He was one of those who had laboured to form the Irish Party, but the experiment was broken up – it was a failure he admitted; he had tried to keep it in existence, but the parties separated, because they could not hold together, and then gave all his endeavours to form the Irish Council. He would give his cordial adhesion to the Poor Law. The cry of Canada or the grave had been raised against him, but he said that if Canada was better than the grave he would be for Canada. The feeling of the meeting seemed to be against him, but he, too, could have got a mob to howl at his heels at that election (cries of ‘oh’). He expected that the elections would be conducted on perfectly fair grounds, and if he were to be defeated he would retire into private life, conscious that he had made an effort to be of service to his country. If he would be returned he would work in the cause of Ireland, he would be not only the man of the gentry but the man of the people, and would give satisfaction even to those by whom he was them opposed.

Mr. CLEMENTS then presented himself, and was received with loud and enthusiastic cheering. The hon. Gentleman said that he stood before them bearing a name in which they confided, and by which they were never deceived (loud cheers). If the electors would favour him with their confidence, by selecting him as their representative, he would labour most zealously in the cause of civil and religious liberty, which he ever cherished, and however Mr. GODLEY might choose to term it a jargon he would advocate those principles which his family had maintained, and which had been brought to such a pitch of independence that Mr. GODLEY could not mystify the county by canvassing the4 electors as a Liberal with the Liberals, and a Conservative with the Conservatives (loud cheers). Mr. GODLEY’s principles were those of expediency, which he did not exactly understand. They were like his mode of canvassing the electors as a Liberal and a Conservative alternately to suit his purposes (loud cheers). He was sorry to be obliged to bring his claims forward in opposition to Mr. GODLEY, but he had been forced to do so by the mystification in which he had been surrounded (cheers). On questions of detail it would be difficult to explain to a constituency the exact course which a candidate would pursue. The whole state of the country was a state of transition, and the difficulties should be met by firmness and wisdom. It had been complained to him by several electors that they were unwilling to support a person who would give his confidence to the present ministry because it had opposed Lord George BENTINCK’s bill for a loan of sixteen millions to Irish railways, but if Lord George’s bill had been agreed to it would be doubtful whether the money would be expended where it ought to be – perhaps it would be expended in the province of Leinster where it was least wante4d (cheers). The measure had been introduced merely as a clap-trap to embarrass the Government, and not for the love or benefit of the Irish people, for the same was introduced a clause into the Poor Law Bill to throw the whole of the rate upon the3 occupier (cheers). He, for one, would not advocate a measure by which the whole weight of the Poor Law tax should be thrown on the occupier (loud cheers). The hon. And gallant gentlemen resumed his seat amid great cheering.


The usual weekly meeting of this Union was held on Friday last. The Right Hon. Lord CROMORNE in the chair.

The correspondence of the day was gone into. A report made by the clerk was read in reference to certain matters affecting the character and conduct of an officer of the establishment.

A long discussion ensued thereupon, in the course of which several irregularities of a serious nature were alleged to have occurred, and the officer against whom those charges were preferred was brought before the Board, and interrogated as to the facts alleged against hi. He professed himself to be in a position to repel those charges, and the Board ultimately resolved that the commissioners be requested to send down a competent person to enquire into and investigate the matter. We, therefore, deem it right not to publish those allegations until the charges shall have been examined and decided upon.

A letter from the Poor Law Commissioners was read on the subject of increasing the ventilation of the establishment.

A circular from same, under date 31st ult., enclosing a copy of questions on various points arising out of the 12th section of the Irish Poor Relief Extension Act, which were submitted by them to the Attorney-General for Ireland, together with his opinions thereon.

The following was then read: --

"Poor Law Commissioners’ Office, Dublin, August 54, 1847. SIR – In reference to the approaching elections of Relieving Officers, the Commissioners have to state, that objections have been raised to the disqualification imposed by the Commissioners for that office, of persons exercising a retail trade. The Commissioners, therefore, deem it right to state the reasons on which the disqualification is founded, and to point out at the same time the description of individuals whom it would be desirable to select as Relieving Officers.

"In the first place, there is no doubt that the duties of a Relieving Officer if properly performed will take up the whole of one individual’s time. Now, if any one holding that situation were permitted, notwithstanding, to keep shop, it would be a constant temptation to him to neglect his public duties for the sake of his private interests. In the next place a Relieving Office will be supposed to be a person of considerable influence in his district, inasmuch as the views taken by the guardians of the case of applicants for relief will be believed to depend to a considerable extent upon this representation; hence an unscrupulous Relieving Officer who kept a shop would be able, by indirect means, to obtain customers amongst the poorer classes. Even in the case of a thoroughly honest individual, customers might without any fraud on his part, be directed to his shop under the idea that they would thus conciliate his favour, and although it might sometimes happen that considerations of this kind would really have no influence on any party; there would almost always be some handle for unpleasant suspicions, which it is better to prevent by timely precaution, than merely to devise a remedy for them when they have once arisen. With regard to the description of persons who are best adapted for the duties of Relieving Officers, the Commissioners desire to draw especial attention to individuals who would be deemed eligible candidates for the police force. The main point to be looked to is intelligence in becoming thoroughly acquainted with circumstances of each applicant for relief, and this again would imply considerable activity, in order to obtain trustworthy information from various sources. But neither intelligence nor activity alone would render any one a good Relieving Officer; he ought also to possess firmness of mind, so as to be enabled in the discharge of his duty to resist intimidation from whatever quarter it might come, and in whatever form it might present itself.

"I have the honour to be, sir,
Your obedient servant,
"A. MOORE, Chief Clerk."

The guardians then proceeded in pursuance with advertisement to elect one relieving officer for each of the twelve electoral divisions of the Union. There were about 60 candidates in attendance.

For the Cootehill division there were seven candidates. Mr. BRADY was declared elected.

Ashfield – Three candidates. Mr. John DOBSON was elected.

Tullyvin – three candidates. Mr. J. TIMMON, was elected. Drumgoon – Five candidates. Mr. Chas. M’QUAID was elected, having obtained a large majority of the guardians on the first division.

Drung – ten candidates. After the first division seven were withdrawn. Man. MANNING having five of a majority on a subsequent division was duly elected, Rakemy – Nine candidates. Mr. BROWNE was duly elected. Larah – Two candidates. Mr. James SMITH was elected by a large majority.

Cormeen – Four candidates. Mr. MAGUIRE was elected. Dartry – Five candidates. Mr. REID was elected, having obtained a majority of the guardians on the first division.

Knockbride – Seven candidates – Mr. MAXWELL was declared duly elected.

Drum – Four candidates — Mr. BAILY was elected by a large majority.


I beg leave to return you my warmest thanks for the honor you have again conferred upon me by Electing me one of your Representatives in parliament.

I shall endeavour by constant and vigilant attention to my duties in the

House of Commons to evince my sense of the generous confidence reposed in me, and

with every sincere wish for your prosperity and for that of our County,

I remain,

Your faithful and attached
Friend and servant,
Bailieborough Castle, 10th
August, 1847.


CARRICK-ON-SHANNON, MONDAY, AUG. 9--This day, Loftus Abraham TOTTENHAM, Esq., the high sheriff of the county Leitrim, convened the electors by proclamation for the purpose of electing two fit and proper persons to represent the county in parliament. At ten o'clock precisely, the High Sheriff entered, and was received with loud cheers. Immediately after his entrance the seveal candidates made their best bow, and it easily perceived that amongst the four--namely, the Hon. Chas. CLEMENTS, and Messrs. E.K. TENNISON, John R. GODLEY and James M'TERNAN, the ebullition of popular sentiment had decidd in favour of the two first.

The Sub-Sheriff commence the proceedings by reading her Majesty's writ commanding the election to be held, and when he concluded....


Our own correspondent, writing to us under date "Carrick, August 11" says, "The county Leitrim election is virtually decided this evening, although the poll remains open till to-morrow. Mr. TENNYSON has a considerable majority over the othr candidates; he polled upwards of 380 votes. Mr. CLEMENTS ranged next, and Mr. GODLEY ws about 29 behind the latter gentleman. The exact numbers, however, do not signify, as it was officially announced at a later period of the evening that the contest was over, and TENNYSON and CLEMENTS elected."


TRIM, AUGUST 9--The nomination took place this day at eleven o'clock

Mr. Christopher DRAKES proposed Mr. H. GRATTAN, the Repealer, and the nomination was seconded by Mr. Patrick BARNEWALL.

Mr. WINTER then, in a temperate and judicious speech.... proposed Mr. CORBALLY as a fit and property representative. Mr. Joseph BARNEWALL seconded his nomination.

Mr. FOWLER then rose, amidst a storm of hooting and shouting, to propose Henry Corbet SINGLETON, Esq., as a fit and proper person....Willam Blayney WADE, Esq., in a long speech, during which he was frequently interruped, seconded the nomination of Mr. SINGLETON..


The following is the state of the gross poll at half-past four o'clock:M. E. CORBALLY, 573; H. GRATTAN, 482; H. C. SINGLETON, 319.

  Corblly 597
  Grattan 500
  Singleton 331


The election for the county took place in the town of Cavan on Monday last, in the Hall of the Court House. Amongst the gentlemen present on the hustings we noticed--The High Sheriff, J. HAMILTON, Esq.; the Dean of Cashel; the Archdeacon BERESFORD; R. BUROWES, Esq., of Stradone; C. ADAMS, Esq., of Shinan; G. M. KNIPE, Esq., of Erne Hill; W. DONNELLY, Esq.; M. Phillips, Esq.; J. THOMPSON, Esq.; T. F. KNIPE, Esq., C.S.; Samuel MOORE, Esq.; G. FINLAY, Esq.; the Rev. A. M'CREIGHT; the Rev. _____FRITH, &c., &c.;

R. BURROWES, Esq., of Stradone, then came forward and said-- "...I have the honour to propose Captain James Maxwell, a fit represent you in Parliament....G. M. KNIPE, Esq., in seconding the hon. gentleman, J. MAXWELL, said--"I beg leave to second Captain MAXWELL...

C. J. ADAMS, Esq., rose and said--"I have the honor to propose John YOUNG, Esq., as a proper reprsentative..."...Archdeacon BERESFORD rose to seond the nomination...of Mr. Young...

No other candidate having been put in nomination.... (Much jovial discussion -- although it does not state the results of the election, one can infer that the only two candidates were elected by acclamation.)

Soon after this toast the party separated, thereby terminating the proceedings of an election, of which the distinguishing characteristic from beginning to end was goodhumour.

BOROUGH OF SLIGO--Mr. SOMERS has been returned without a contest. Mr. DIXON retired on the hustings, and will, it is said, lodge a petition on the ground of intimidation. Mr. O'DONOVAN, who rose to propose Mr. DIXON, was assailed with missiles, and he and Mr. DIXON retired from the hustings without effecting a proposal. Be it remembered, Mr. SOMERS and his abettors are moral force Repealers!!


Aug. 6, at Ballynascreen House, Belfast, the lady of Robert J. TENNENT, Esq., M.P., of a son.


August 3rd, at Edinburgh, Henry GRANT, Esq., to the Lady Isabella Catherine KEITH FALCONER, only daughter of the late Earl of Kintore.


On yesterday morning, of fever, Mrs. MITCHELL, matron of the workhouse, Cavan, sincerely and desevedly regretted by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance.

On Saturday last, at his residence in the county of Galway, Lord DUNSANDLE, of fever caught in the discharge of his duties as Poor Law Guardian.

On the 5th inst., at Galina, Monaghan, at the residence of his father, aged 31 years, Alexander FLEMING, Esq., Ex-Scholar of T.C.D., and Barrister-at-law, deeply regretted by large circle of friends and acquaintances.

August 2, of fever, at his residence in Clones, James T. HURST, Esq., M.D., aged 53 years.


The result of the elections proves just this much, that it is not in the power of either theWhig, the liberal Conservative or the Protectionist party, to command a working majority in the new House of Commons. The Chronicle claims a bare majority for the Whigs over Protectionists and Peelites combined, were such a combination possible. At the same time our contemporary candidly confesses that it will be impossible for Lord John RUSSELL to carry on the Govern- ment without the assistance of the Peelites, and earnestly preaches up a coalition. It gets over the difficulty of the leadership of the Commons by proposing that Lord John be promoted to the Upper House, where he is wanted to make head against Lord STANLEY.


We recommend those of our readers who have some dim purpose of availing themselves of the above act to bestir themselves. We know upon good authority that the money is going fast, and very little of it we fear is coming to Cavan, where it is so much wanted to keep down the rates. Mr. LESLIE of Monaghan has applied for the large sum of £17,007, to be laid out upon his Monaghan and Tyrone estates, and for £6,527 to be expended upon his Meath estate.


On Tuesday, the 17th instant, Lord Lanesborough, assisted by his charitable and humane Countess, gave a most substantial Dinner to about three hundred of his tenantry and labourers, with an abundance of the best strong ale, at Lanesborough-lodge, near Belturbet. Her Ladyship and sister Mrs. C. BUTLER, waited on the guests during dinner to see that all arrangements were carried into effect...


August 16, the lady of George Joseph MALONE, Esq., Usher's-quay, Dublin, of a son.

At Cavan, on the 15th inst., the lady of the Rev. D. W. PRESTON, of a son.

Aug. 6, at Mount Kennedy, the lady of Robt. A. GUNCUNNINGHAM, Esq., of a daughter.


August 12th, in Fisherwick-place, Belfast, Wm. ALLAN, Esq., of Dundalk, to Anne, only daughter of the Rev. Solomon BROWNE, of Castledawson.


In this town, this day, Henry FITTZPATRICK, Esq., Solicitor in the 50th year of his age, deservedly regretted.

On the 17th instant, at Lakeview, in this county, Thomas DRAPES, Esq., M.D., in the 32nd year of his age, of malignant typhus fever, contracted in his attendance of the Fever Hospital n his district.

August 10, at Mohill, of consumption, at the residence of her aunt (Mrs. DUKE), Elizabeth Caroline, youngest daughter of the late Rev. Robert W. RUSSELL, in the 24th year of her age. This fair young flower was too good for earth; she has been removed to "a parterre where flowers immortal bloom."

August 10, after a short but severe illness, at his residence, Skea House, Enniskillen, George HASSARD, Esq., deeply lamented by his family and friends.

UNHAPPY AFFAIR--An inquest will be held on Friday evening at the County Infirmary, on the body of Francis TRUSDALE. Deceased had been paying his addresses to the daughter of a man named Patrick MILLAR, of Ballyclander, which being disaproved of, became a cause of enmity. In course of time, however, a circumstance occurred which gave an opportunity to the lovers to meet. In the absence of her parents the young fair one sent for deceased, requesting that he might come to see her, and also to bring with him his companion, a lad named Lambert SINGER. Accordingly, deceased and his comrade repaired to her dwelling-place; before arriving, the parents returned, and the daughter received her visit outside the door. In a few minutes after, MILLAR came out, and TRUESDALE(sic) and Singer ran away. MILLAR followed with a gun, threatening to shoot. They ran round the house and soon after came into a lane, when their pursuer called upon TRUESDALE to stop. On his turning round, MILLAR fired, and TRUESDALE fell, wounded in the abdomen with large shot or slugs. MILLAR then came up to him and carried him to his house, where he kept him until twelve o'clock; having then rolled him in a quilt, he put him into a cart, and conveyed him to Downpatrick infirmary, where he lingered until Thursday night and died at ten o'clock. MILLAR is now in Downpatrick gaol, awaiting his trial.-- Belfast Paper.

August 27, 1847

We have often mentioned the complaints which come from the United States, of the pauperism and disease imported in the Irish emigrant ships; and this week we quote from the correspondence of the Morning Chronicle a very shocking account of the emigrant quarantine station at Grosse Isle, below Quebec. Out of 57,000 emigrants shipped for Quebec, nearly 7,000 died; of that number more than 2,000 before landing; thus about one half died on board ship. The vessels enter the ports in the most horrible state of filth; in some cases the officers of the ship have totally neglected to visit the emigrants and enforce the necessary order for purposes of decent cleanliness. The provisions have been bad. The quarantine regulations are so ineffective, that healthy residents are suffered to visit the station, and the still infected emigrants are permitted to wander into the colony.


The Evening Packet of last Saturday has devoted another half column of its vapid scurrility to our humble selves. As on a former occasion, our contemporary begins by finding fault with our style. Now as we do not write to please the Zoilus of the Packet, he will forgive us perhaps, for smiling at the criticism of proverbially the worst written paper in Dublin. Our style cannot be so very bad if the Packet disapproves of it.

The Packet accuses us of calling the Protestants of Cavan 'cowards.' We never said anything of that kind. What we said was that party spirit was at so low an ebb in Cavan that it dared not show its face at the hustings. We say so still. Surely no logic but that of the Packet could so misconstrue our assertion.

A DEAF AND DUMB BOY MISSING--A boy in the Belfast Deaf and Dumb Institution obtained permission to go visit his friends, on the 5th instant, to Clones. A seat was taken for him on the mail, in the expectation that his father would have met him on the arrival of the coach in the latter place; this, however, owing to some mistake, was not the case, as his father had been there on the previous evening, and not meeting with him, went on to Belfast. The boy was dropped in Clones by the coachman, and has not been heard of since, to the great affliction of his poor father. He is about 15 years of age; his name is William M'CULLAGH, of the parish of Kilmore, county of Cavan. Any information of the above will be gratefully received by Mrs. Dr. ROE or Miss SWANZY, Cavan.

DREADFUL HOMICIDE-- CORONER'S INQUEST An inquest was held at Corrovoy, parish of Drung, on Saturday last before Doctor MACFADDEN, one the coroners for this county, and a jury selected from the farmers of that neighbour- hood, on view of the body of a man of the name of George MOORE, who came by his death in consequence of brutal injuries inflicted upon his person by a man of the name of Peter KING. The following are briefly the facts of the case as elicited in the evidence:--It appeared that on account of the extreme destitution and poverty which prevails through- out the locality, various depredations are being nightly perpetrated on the growing crops of potatoes, which have been only very sparingly planted, owing to the failure of that esculent during the two preceeding years; in consequence of which Peter KING, who had some of them in a very (? and luxuriant state, deemed it judicious to keep a close watch on them, and on the morning of Tuesday night, he having gone out before day, armed with a gun to ascertain if any persons were trespassing on his premises, observed the deceased in the act of hoaking ahis potatoes, upon which he fired at him, but it would appear from the evidence of Surgeon Wm. ATKINS, of Ballyhaise, who performed the post mortem examination of the body, that it was only charged with powder, as the shoulder where the shot took effect was merely burnt with it. A scuffle then ensued when FINEGAN (sic) by repeated strokes of the but- end of the gun fractured the scull of deceased in a dreadful manner, broke his arm and several of his ribs. The head of deceased presented a shocking spectable (sic). Dr. ATKINS proved that the deceased died of the wounds inflicted upon him, of which he languished from Tuesday until Friday (this day week) when he died.

The jury hesitated for a considerable length of time ere they could reconcile themselves to return a verdict inculpating KING, erroneously conniving that he was justified in point of law to put the deceased to death, having caught him in the act of uprooting his potatoes evidently with the intention of stealing them, as that pernicious practice was very prevalent in their neighbourhood. They, however, on the law of the case being explained to them by the learned coroner, returned (tho' very reluctantly) a verdict of manslaughter against said Peter KING, immediately after which a warrant was issued and delivered by Dr. MACFADDEN to the constabulary for his arrest and committal to Cavan gaol, to abide his trial at the ensuing spring assizes.

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