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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 6. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Historical papers (search)
. An examination of this system cannot fail to excite our wonder, not that it has been thus regarded, but that it has been so long endured by any people on the face of the earth, least of all by Irishmen. Tithes to the amount of £ 1,000,000 are annually wrung from impoverished Ireland, in support of a clergy who can only number about one sixteenth of her population as their hearers; and wrung, too, in an undue proportion, 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<