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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 6. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Old portraits and modern Sketches (search)
pint of doctrine or a pint of rum. Their second minister was an old scarred fighter, who had signalized himself in the stout defence of Londonderry, when James II. and his Papists were thundering at its gates. Agreeably to his death-bed directions, his old fellow-soldiers, in their leathern doublets and battered steel caps, bore him to his grave, firing over him the same rusty muskets which had swept down rank after rank of the men of Amalek at the Derry siege. Erelong the celebrated Derry fair was established, in imitation of those with which they had been familiar in Ireland. Thither annually came all manner of horse-jockeys and pedlers, gentlemen and beggars, fortune-tellers, wrestlers, dancers and fiddlers, gay young farmers and buxom maidens. Strong drink abounded. They who had goodnat-uredly wrestled and joked together in the morning not unfrequently closed the day with a fight, until, like the revellers of Donnybrook, Their hearts were soft with whiskey, And thei
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 6. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Historical papers (search)
rtion, from the Catholic counties. See Dr. Doyle's Evidence before Hon. E. G. Stanley. In the southern and middle counties, almost entirely inhabited by the Catholic peasantry, everything they possess is subject to the tithe: the cow is seized in the hovel, the potato in the barrel, the coat even on the poor man's back. Speech of T. Reynolds, Esq., at an anti-tithe meeting. The revenues of five of the dignitaries of the Irish Church Establishment are as follows: the Primacy £ 140,000; Derry £ 120,000; Kilmore £ 100,000; Clogher £ 100,000; Waterford £ 70,000. Compare these enormous sums with that paid by Scotland for the maintenance of the Church, namely: £ 270,000. Yet that Church has 2,000,000 souls under its care, while that of Ireland has not above 500,000. Nor are these princely livings expended in Ireland by their possessors. The bishoprics of Cloyne and Meath have been long held by absentees,—by men who know no more of their flocks than the non-resident owner of a West