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IRISH MIS D E E D S.

FOUR LETTERS FROM IRELAND,

ADDRESSED TO

AN ENGLISH MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.

BY

AUBREY DE VERE.

SECOND EDITION.

LONDON:
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

1848.

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“I know that the interests of the two countries must be taken together, and that a man cannot speak as a true Englishman unless he speaks as a true Irishman, nor as a true Irishman unless he speaks as a true Englishman.”—MR. Pitt's SPEECH ON THE UNION.

“As an Englishman, I owe reparation to Ireland for the wrongs of centuries."--MR. WILBERFORCE.

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ENGLISH MISRULE

AND

IRISH MISDE EDS.

LETTER I.

Two Englands.-One of these always adverse to Ireland.-Subjects

treated in this Work.—The Labour Rate Act as it worked.--A different Mode of Relief suggested.-Progressive Symptoms of English Discontent with Ireland.-Attempts to discover its Cause. -Necessity for moderating the Expression of it.—Probable Effects in Ireland of recent English Detraction.-Its worse Effect in England. --Its incompatibility with Justice and Truth.

SIR, The great dissatisfaction and distress occasioned of late years to England by the noise of Irish misery, and its yet more formidable infection, blown over to you frequently in the westerly winds, not so much by our fault as by reason of the contiguity of the two islands, is a matter which ought long since to have touched us with some remorse, had we not been selfishly preoccupied with our own troubles. In former times, when the political condition of Ireland was lower than it is now, though the pressure of distress was less urgent, you appear to

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