Facts for the Kind-Hearted of England!

As to the Wretchedness of the Irish Peasantry, and the Means for their Regeneration

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Published: 1847
Language: English
Wordcount: 10,655 / 38 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.8
LoC Category: PR
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Added to site: 2008.04.26
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quisitely ridiculous.

I had the honour to meet at dinner recently, a person of this class, and a conversation having arisen on the subject, he said, "I aam pe-fectly ce-tain no one caaen know that I aam an I-ishman;" and the next instant, turning to a servant, he added, "Po-ta, if you plaze." When this thoroughly low-bred Irishism came out I could not help smiling, and caught at the same moment the eye of a lady opposite, who seemed greatly amused. In a few minutes after, she said, evidently for the purpose of having another trial of the Anglo-Irishman, "Pray, may I help you to a potato?"--the killing reply was, "Pon my hona' I neva' ate pittatis at all at all."

This was too much for the lady, as well as for myself; so we laughed together. The Irish gentleman, however, perfectly unconscious of the cause.

Having subsequently mentioned the circumstance to an "Irishman in London," who does not fear to acknowledge his country, he said, "O! the feeling desce

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