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OBSERVATIONS

ON

THE STATE OF IRELAND,

Principally directed to its

AGRICULTURE

AND

RURAL POPULATION;

IN

A SERIES OF LETTERS,

WRITTEN ON A TOUR THROUGH THAT COUNTRY.

BY J. C. CURWEN, Esq. M. P.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

London:

PRINTED FOR BALDWIN, CRADOCK, AND JOY,

47, PATERNOSTER-ROW.

1818.

C. Baldwin, Printer, New Bridge-street, London,

Libr. Maer 12-23-36 33213 21

PREFACE.

THE unfavorable prepossessions I had early imbibed, and the erroneous estimates I had formed of the disposition of the people and of the resources of Ireland, previous to my visiting that country, induced, on my return, a strong inclination to submit to the consideration of the public the daily journal I had transmitted for the amusement of my own fire side. But being at that juncture unexpectedly called on to resume my former seat in Parliament, my mind became directed to other objects; the wish I had entertained almost forgotten; and, possibly, it might never have recurred, had I not been led in the last Session to offer a comparative statement between the laboring

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