IRELAND OLD NEWS
Clare Journal April 18 1836
At Carhuedota, on Thursday, the wife of Richard Daxon, Esq.
Submitted by Declan B.
Clare Journal and Ennis Advertiser, Published 21 April 1836
Dear Sir - I was favoured with your letter of the 23d of March. The
numerous communications I have received on the same subject caused many
of them to lie over longer than I should have wished without being
replied to. I feel much gratified in your acknowledgement of confidence
in my desire to procure practical means of relief for my suffering
fellow creatures, under the circumstances you mention. The statement in
your letter affords me additional proof of the necessity of legislative
interference for these objects, which can only be effected by an
enactment of poor laws, founded, in my opinion, on the principle of the
43d of Elizabeth, aided by an amendment of the law of landlord and
tenant, such as contained in the bill now brought before the house.
I conceive, Sir, these two measures would at once alter the face of
Ireland, would give the unfortunate peasantry some legal rights, some
claim to practical protection, under laws which hitherto, under the
delusion of civil liberty, have kept the great body of the people in the
most abject slavery, both of mind and body, under the iron hand of an
I exceedingly regret that many of the friends of Ireland do not view the
necessity of poor laws in the same degree that I do. I think, however,
that public opinion, in both countries, is progressing this measure with
I have the honour to be, dear Sir, your obedient servant,
WM. SHARMAN CRAWFORD
to the Rev. J. Vaughan.
Submitted by David K.
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