Published in Cavan, county Cavan
January 2, 1851

Answers to Correspondents

P.M. who writes from 18, Hamilton Place, London, on the unfortunate circumstances connected with the death of Agnes Hewitt, deals several of our Cavan medical men some pretty severe knocks. It would be imprudent to publish his letter just now as the case is sub judice, but we may give the concluding portion of it, containing his professional opinion: - "Now it appears to me that the statement which an impractical view of the case would suggest, and which truth and probability would best warrant, would be that the rupture or fissure of the uterus - which there can be no doubt was alone the cause of death - had possibly and probably been produced by the agony of nature itself, and had likely taken place before Mr. Nalty commenced his manipulations. The removal of a portion of the illium by mistake for the umbilicus was an oversight which, under similar circumstances, has been committed over and over again by old and experienced practitioners. A case, exactly in point, as the lawyers say, occurred in the practice of a respectable accoucheur at Bangor, in the early part of the present year, and yet no jealous rival thought of having him indicted for mal-practice. Under all the circumstances, I consider Mr. Nalty has been hardly and unmeritedly, and unjustifiably dealt with. I speak from the facts as given in your paper, and there be many little incidents undetailed which, if stated, would go far to confirm my view of the case. But even as it is Mr. Nalty has nothing to fear: he will have a learned judge, an honest jury, and able counsel, who will do him justice; and when that occasion arrives I think it will be but an act of proper duty and atonement for Drs. Halpin and Mease to come forward and give him the benefit of their testimony on the facts.


A month ago Mr. B. RAFFERTY, for three years foreman in the printing office of this paper, left us to go to America. He was an able, steady, and efficient workman. We regret to hear that the vessel in which he embarked from Liverpool, the State Rights, met with a serious disaster on her voyage and was obliged to return, first to Cork and then to Liverpool, where she now is. The following particulars will to be uninteresting to the friends of those on board:-

"We left Liverpool on Friday, the 29th November last, with a fair gale, and proceeded smoothly until Sunday night, the last instant, when the passengers were thrown into a state of great confusion and alarm by the sudden turning of the ship, for the purpose of avoiding a rock or sand-bank on which she was nearly cast with violence but for the quick perception of the medical officer on board. It is understood that the course selected by Capt. WARRAN was an unusual one, but is considered something a shorter journey. When the consternation subsided on board we got along pleasantly until the morning of Tuesday the 12th, when a violent storm arose which swept away our three masts and bowsprit, rent all our sails to shreds, and totally destroyed our entire rigging. Not having a second outfit of canvass we were obliged to drift at the mercy of the wind and waves until the 20th (?), when we hailed the ship St. George, bound for Liverpool, from which we obtained a temporary outfit, by which we arrived in Queenstown, otherwise Cove, on the eve of Christmas. During our time on sea there were two births and eight deaths, inclusive of one of the crew who was thrown off the rigging on the day of the hurricane."

"Liverpool, Tuesday, 31st Dec.- Since writing the previous letter some further arrangements have been made by Capt. Warran relative to the repairing of the State Rights, in consequence of which we were taken in town by the steam-packet Nimrod on Saturday evening last, and landed in Liverpool on Sunday night at 9 o'clock. On the following morning we were tugged into the docks, and no fires or lights being allowed inside the dock-yards we were the entire day without any cooking or other refreshment, and were obliged in the evening to return to our respective lodgings, with no attention paid to our comforts by the officers of the ship. Up to this (post hour) I have made every enquiry as to what is to be done with the passengers, but the only information I could glean was, that 370 individuals should receive the scanty ship allowance on board and have it cooked where they pleased, by order of the hnmain (?) Captain. There have been several shipwrecks during the past month, and as far as I can understand the surviving passengers were transferred to other ships and, in every case, were better treated than we have been."


Five hundred carriages were drawn up outside the theatre during Jenny Lind's last concert in Philadelphia.

The value of the slave property in the United States is computed to be a thousand million of dollars.

January 9, 1851


January 2, in Dublin, the lady of Mr. William M. Guinness, of a son.

Dec. 29, the lady of John O'Connell, Esq., M.P., of a daughter.

Jan. 3, at 18, Fitzwilliam-square, South, Dublin, the lady of the Rev. John G. Digges La Touche, of a daughter.


Oct. 31, at Benares, in the East Indies, F. Cortland Angelo, Esq., of the 16th Bengal Grenadiers, son of Major Angelo of Meerut, to Helena Elizabeth, only surviving daughter of the Rev. Mr. Cumming, Rector of Dromid, county of Kerry.

Dec. 31, in the Cathedral of Dromore, by the Rev. Edward Kent, the Rev. C. Ussher, son of the late Christopher Ussher, Esq., of Eastwell, county Galway, to Elizabeth, second daughter of C. R. Brush, Esq., Gillihall, county Down.


On the 3rd inst., aged sixty, Jane, the beloved wife of Robert Morrow, Esq., Rockville, Ballyjamesduff. Her departure, after a few days' illness, which she bore with Christian fortitude, has filled with sorrow the hearts of all who knew her, who will long cherish the impression of her friendship and Christian graces.

At Killeshandra, on the 20th, ultimo, at the residence of his father, in the 22nd year of his age, James Whelan. He possessed a rare combination of natural endowments and amiable qualities. With a disposition meek and retiring, and manners sweet and interesting, his great mind thirsted after the highest subjects in philosophy with impetuous avidity, and solved every difficulty which interrupted his course with wonderful facility. His extraordinary mental faculties began to develope (sic) themselves first in the pursuit of mathematical knowledge. In the year 1848 he obtained the first prize from the proprietors of the Belfast Almanach (sic)in that department of science. He lived with Mr. Leslie of Larah House, near Carrickmacross, as tutor to his son, in the year 1849. On the opening of the Belfast New College he entered as scholar and distinguished himself preeminently, having obtained six of the highest prizes at the close of the year. While attending the College he held two lucrative and respectable tuitions. The labour was too much for his constitution, and the effects were too visible to his friends on his return home last vacation. He had hope for a short time, and while it lasted he followed eagerly his favourite studies, and indulged probably in the prospects of his future eminence. A decided change, however, for the worse having taken place his fond hopes were complete dissipated and his bright prospects totally blasted. He resigned himself at once to the will of the Almighty. His stupendous powers of mind were turned immediately to still higher and more profitable subjects. He no longer sought after the wisdom of the world, but the wisdom of God. He studied no more the beauty of the works of creation, but the attributes of the Creator himself. The sublimity of philosophy was abandoned without a struggle or apparent regret, and the humility of the Cross mediated on with admiration and delight. The sequel of his days was spent in seeking after real and permanent glory by the exercise of prayer, patience, and other works of piety, to the great edification of his neighbours and the perfect delight of his friends and relatives. The imperative, irresistible summons, which makes no distinction between young and old, rich and poor, learned and unlearned, long expected, at length arrived. The clergyman, who frequently visited him during his sickness and assisted in his preparation was present at the awful, but yet delightful, event. The knock was given at the door of the earthly tabernacle - the servant was awake and watching - the lamp was trimmed and lighted, the spirit went forth, firm in faith, strong in hope, and rich in charity, to join the procession and enter the festive room amidst the fervent prayers and spiritual rejoicings of relations and a few neighbours who were present, amongst whom was


Transcriber's Note: the above death notice is typed exactly as I saw it. I checked and rechecked, and could not find where it was continued into another column...

January 16, 1851


On the 8th Jan., at the parish church of Ballymascanlan, the Hon. A. F. JOCELYN, brother of the Earl of Roden, late Captain 6th Dragoon Guards, to Grace, second daughter of Sir John M'NEILL, and on same occasion, E. Hare CROKER, Esq., late Captain 6th Dragoon Guards, to Isabella, eldest daughter of Sir John M'NEILL. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Lord John BERESFORD.


January 8, at Cootehill, Mr. Michael M'CUDDEN, corn merchant. He was a native of Dundalk, and is much regretted by not only the members of his own family, but by all the inhabitants of Cootehill, to whom he endeared himself by his urbanity and charitable conduct.


On Sunday morning last a burglary was committed in the house of Mr. MEGENNIS, of this town, by breaking into his shop, and carrying off nearly £3 in silver and some coppers; his house is in the centre of the main street, and opposite the market-house; yet, the robbers carried off their booty without molestation. We understand some persons are apprehended on suspicion (sic), and will be brought up for examination at the Petty Sessions tom-morrow. On the same night an effort was made to break into the shop of Mr. PEPPER in Bridge-street, but the noise alarmed the family, and the would-be robbers decamped. It betrays great want of vigilance somewhere that these crimes should be attempted in the centre of the town, without any notice or alarm been given at the time.


During the week several appalling losses have been reported at Lloyd's, and have excited considerable attention in consequence of the great loss of life by which they were attended. The most heartrending are those announced in the early part of the week - the total loss, with all hands, of two whaling ships in the Artic seas, off Behring's Straits, and the wreck of two English vessels, with adventurers for the gold mines of California, off the west coast of South America. The wreck of the whalers were discovered by a Captain ROY, on the 1st of September last, off the West Cape; but the barriers of ice along the land, and a heavy gale, precluded him approaching nearer than three miles of the spot where they lay. Subsequently he assertained (sic) from the natives, some two hundred miles to the southward of the wrecks, that the vessels were lost in the early part of the spring, and that all hands had perished. No information could be gleaned as to where they belonged.!

The English vessels lost on the west coast of South America were supposed to be the Julia and Lucifer - the former was a barque, and was on a passage from Panama to San Francisco, with 250 passengers on board - the Lucifer, a schooner, had 50 persons on board, and was proceeding from the latter port for Boston. With the exception of about 20 individuals all met a watery grave.

January 23, 1851

"On looking away from Taghart mount, towards Cootehill, the eye ranges over the wooded hills that lie around and beyond Cootehill, and prominent to view stands out, now in ruins, the old stand-house, which some forty years ago was often the centre of attraction to immense crowds that used to meet there once a year to witness the horse races, in which the JACKSONs of Crieve usually bore off the prize. The stand-house is now standing roofless, and when the present generation shall have passed away, the once famous racecourse with its busy actors, the horse and his rider, shall soon fade from the memory, and not even a wreck remain - sic transit Gloria mundi."

SHIPWRECK AND LOSS OF LIFE - Kingstown 13th January.- The mail steamer St. Columbia has arrived from Holyhead, and I learn by her that, on Saturday night last, during the violent gale from the westward, a large American ship - I understand from Boston - ran ashore to the south of the Stack Light, and, in a very short time, went to pieces; and her commander, chief mate, and eleven of her crew, met with watery graves. Her cargo - principally tobacco, in leaf - strewed along the shore in that locality; men, women, and children supplied themselves plentifully with it. The night was very thick, which may have been the cause of her not sighting the above light. The name of the shipwrecked vessel was the Francisco. She is 700 tons, heavily laden with cotton and tobacco. - Correspondent of the Freeman's Journal.

THE ACCIDENT AT BEER'S BRIDGE, BELFAST. - On Thursday, a meeting was held in the Flax Society's Rooms, Commercial Buildings, at which subscriptions were entered into for the relief of the families of the poor men who lost their lives by the accident. A committee was also appointed to collect further subscriptions.

DUNCAN CHISHOLME.- Mr. O'CONNOR, ex-inspector of the detective police, has been sent by government to America, in search of George MATHEWS, alias Duncan Chisholme, of Dublin Castle. - Leinster Express.

THE DUNDALK STEAMPACKET COMPANY. - One of the vessels of this company, the Dundalk, left our quays on Wednesday evening last, with a very heavy cargo, and although it blew a tremendous gale, she arrived at her appointed time at Liverpool on the following morning without having met any accident. She left Liverpool on the same day, and made a splendid passage to Dundalk having "tided it" although coming the entire way against nearly a head wind. - Dundalk Democrat.

INCUMBERED ESTATES COURT. - We perceive that on Friday the 10th instant, Mr. Michael SULLIVAN of Kilbarry, was declared the purchaser of the Lough Bracken Estate, in the County of Meath, containing 330 acres, Irish, for the sum of £4,470 sterling.

IRISH CONSTABULARY. - The Inspector-General of constabulary, Sir Duncan M'GREGOR (late of 93rd Sutherland Highlanders,) has directed that, in future, the constabulary throughout Ireland shall perform the duties of billet-masters, instead of civilians.

A Parliamentary grant of £500, in aid of lectures on practical science in the provincial towns of Ireland, will be applied for next Session by Ministers.

THE LATE RAINS. - So swollen has been the Doder by the rains that fell in such torrents on Wednesday and Thursday that the wooden bridge, between Donnybrook and Clonskea, was at an early hour yesterday morning swept away by the flood. Such was the force of the torrent, that scares a vestige of the structure remained. - Freeman.

On the morning of Sunday, 12th January, considerable public excitement was occasioned in Dublin, by discovery of the body of a woman suspended from the area railings, in front of Gilbert's hotel, in Westlandrow, opposite the Kingstown Railway terminus. On inquiry, it was discovered that she was one of a party of four who had put up at that hotel the night before, and occupied the same room, and that her name was Anne MINNES. The others of the party were, Mr. William TIVEY, with whom the deceased had been cop-habiting, their son, a lad of eight years, and a young lady, all whom were taken into custody. At the inquest, which was held on Monday, it appeared that deceased, who was subject to insanity, had thrown herself out of the window of their bed-room, without the knowledge of Mr. Tivey, who was proved to have been uniformly kind to her. The jury found a verdict accordingly.

Meterological observations are now taken contemporaneously at the Queen's College of Cork, Galway, and Belfast, which will resolve many phenomena of essential important.

A young man named LYNCH was accidentally drowned in the Boyne, at Navan, on Thursday last. He was in the service of Mr. SULLIVAN, attorney, and was watering his horse at the time the fatal accident occurred.

RATE-IN-AID. - The Guardians of Athlone Union, including Lord Castlemaine, have passed a resolution, most strongly condemning the new rate-in-aid, which that noble lord designated "not only an atrocious act of robbery, but fifty times worse." The Strabane Guardians have protested against the levying of the new two-penny rate, until the previous rate-in-aid shall have been "fairly enforced in all the unions subject by law to the payment of it."

CHEAP TRAVELLING. - Emigrants are now carried to New York, from this port, at the low rate of £2 per head. After deducting the cost of provisions, &c., the consignees of the vessel have only about 15s. per head left for all the expenses of the vessel, &c. - Liverpool Standard.

A meeting was held on Monday for the purpose of establishing in Ireland an Irish Freehold Land Investment Society, somewhat on the plan of the society of that kind which has been established in England. The object is to take advantage of the opportunity which the Incumbered Estates Commission affords the purchasing land in large quantities, and on moderate terms.

A document signed by nearly all the passengers on board the ship Washington, a page master from Liverpool to New York, has been published in which they state that the captain and his officers acted with brutality and violence to the passengers, and did not supply the stipulated provisions, and that the passengers were detained in Liverpool beyond the time a fixed (sic) for sailing for a considerable period, and that the provisions promised in their contract tickets were not delivered. This ship belongs to the Black Star Line of packets, and the charge is something in accordance with the complaints made by Mr. Rafferty, late foreman in this office, which we a short time ago published as to the treatment he and others met with on board a vessel belonging to the same line of packets.

AUGHNACLOY. - The inhabitants of this thriving town are taking measures for having it placed under the provisions of the Lighting, Cleansing, and Watching Act, specially with a view to its being lighted with gas.

A poor man, named Hosty, died on Tuesday from glanders, taken from an infected horse. - Tuam Herald. The London Times, of Tuesday, declares, with much satisfaction and great glee, that "according to present appearances, the population of Ireland will in a few years, be reduced below the average of European States."

ALLEGED ATTEMPT OF SMITH O'BRIEN TO ESCAPE. - An enquiry was held in Hobart Town before two magistrates on a summons against William ELLIS, the master, and John HUNT, the mate of the Victoria Cutter, for having approached Maria Island contrary to law. Our readers may recollect that some time ago it was said that Smith O'BRIEN had attempted to escape on board of this vessel. Witnesses were examined to sustain the charge; one of the witnesses swore that a government official had solicited him to sustain the prosecution by perjuring himself. The magistrates decided that the offence had been proved, their object being to fetch off Smith O'Brien, and sentenced them to pay a fine of £60 each with costs. In the absence of more explicit information it is impossible to determine whether Smith O'Brien deliberately concerted the plan or yielded to an impulse on a chance of flight being presented to him. Respecting the above the Daily News says: - "From Van Dieman's Land we have received files of newspapers to the end of September. Mr. Smith O'Brien had arrived in Hobart Town by the steamer from Port Arthur, and had accepted his ticket of leave on his word not to leave the colony. Ellis, the party implicated in assisting Smith O'Brien to escape, by giving him a passage in the Victoria cutter, had managed to get clear off with his vessel without paying the fine (£60) in which he had been amerced.

NEW BARRISTERS. - The following gentlemen are candidates for admission to the bar this term: - Chas. George KNOX, Esq., M.A., T.C.D., third son of the Honourable and Venerable Charles Knox, late of Aughnacoy (?), in the county of Tyrone, Archdeacon of Armagh, deceased; Edward MAGUIRE, Esq., A.B., T.C.D., third son of Alexander Maguire, late of Prospect Hill, in the county of Fermanagh, Esq., deceased; Henry BROWN, Esq., second son of George Browne, of Mount Brown, in the county of Roscommon, Esq., J.P., Barrister-at-Law; Samuel Holt CLOSE, Esq., A.B., T.C.D., third son of Henry Close, of Newtown Park, in the county of Dublin, Esq.; Henry Jones HUNGERFORD, Esq., A.B., T.C.D., eldest son of Thomas Hungerford, of Cahinmore, in the county of Cork, Esq.

January 30, 1851

LOUTH INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY. - A meeting of the society was held on the 22nd inst., at which it was stated by Mr. RUSSELL that the Committee had succeeded in obtaining contributions amounting to more than £400, which, with the exception of £30 contributed by Mr. FORTESCUE, had been received from the people of Dundalk. The National Bank had given a donation of £10; the Belfast Bank £20; and he hoped the Bank of Ireland would also give a handsome donation. Mr. Russell also gave an outline of the enquiries he had made relative to the employment given to females at embroidery and flowering in the North . He had ascertained that girls, when instructed, could earn 2s. 6d. to 8s., and in some cases 10s. per week. With respect to weaving, he had learned that full grown boys, girls, and men, could earn from 3s. to 10s. per week. Female instructors could be got in Ulster who would teach young girls, and looms could be procured at 50s. each, on which boys could be taught to weave. The permanent committee, however, would arrange maters of this kind.

DREADFUL CATASTROPHE.- On Monday last a small farmer, named Patrick M'GOUGH, who lives at Kilrockin, in he parish of Creggan, went to the fair of Camlough to sell a cow, and having transacted his business, he returned home somewhat intoxicated. His wife and he quarreled, and she was obliged to run out of the house to escape the affects of his anger. Thinking that she had hid herself in her bed-room he proceeded there with a lighted candle in search of her, and unfortunately the light came in contact with some flax, and in an instant the interior of the room was in a blaze, which quickly reached and consumed the entire dwelling. M'Gough's children, four in number, were in bed on a loft at the time, and melancholy to relate, every one of them perished in the flames. The unfortunate man himself would in all likelihood have shared the same fate, had not his wife rushed into the house and assisted him to make his way out. This dreadful occurrence has created a painful sensation in the surrounding country.-Dundalk Democrat.

AMERICA. - LIVERPOOL, SUNDAY NIGHT. - The Revere has arrived here, and her papers were delivered at 10 p.m. She brings accounts from Boston of the 10th instant. The British steamer Niagara, which reached that port on the 4th, had been seized for smuggling laces and silks; but the officers of the ship were believed to have been altogether innocent of the offence. The dates from New York are to the 9th, when cotton was firm, and provisions dull. Several disasters had occurred at sea in consequence of the stormy weather. In freights and exchange there was no alteration. From New Orleans the advices are to the 7th. Cotton had advanced a quarter of a cent., and large sales had been effected.

THE PRAYER BOOK. - It is said that the premier, in a desperate attempt to conciliate the Roman Catholics, whom he has insulted, and to unite discordant colleagues in a course of policy against which they have not been openly pledged, is meditating an attack on the harmony of the church, by proposing to undertake a modification of the Prayer Book. - Morning Chronicle.


The judges have at length come to the important determination in all cases where in applications are made to them to admit the bail persons committed for trial on criminal charges, to order the depositious taken before the committing magistrates to be produced before them by the magistrate's clerk, so that they may be read as part of the proceedings. This is a most important move in the right direction, as it will be the means of preventing some of the most desperate thieves escaping from justice, with the impunity that former practices encouraged.

Sir John HERSCHEL has been appointed to the vacant office of the Mastership of the Mint.

January 19, at Black Lion, co. Cavan, Mrs.BRACKIN, wife of Mr. Copeland BLACKIN (sic), merchant, of a son and heir.

January 20, at Lisnakea Glebe, the wife of the Rev. John FINNAGAN, of a son.

January 27, at Eaton-place, the Countess of Mulgrave, of a son.

January 26, No. 8, Fitzwilliam-square, North, the lady of Sir John RIBTON, Bart., of a son.

January 31, at Brussels, the lady of John M. O'RORKE, Esq., of Jamestown House, county Dublin, of a son.

In West-street, Drogheda, at the residence of the bride's mother, by the Rev. F. HANRATTY, John FARRELLY, Esq., of Cavan, to Rose Mary, second daughter of the late Daniel BRADY, Esq., merchant.

January 24(?), at St. George's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. Richd. BARTON, Mary, eldest daughter of the late Thomas BLIGH, Esq., of Cavan, to Henry BUSSELL, Esq., Belturbet.

January 25, of decline, after a lingering illness, in the 21st year of his age, James Stuart SMITH, eldest son of William SMITH, Esq., of Drumheel of this county.

January 22, Elizabeth, relict of Edward GREHAN, Esq., of Ballymore, county Meath.

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