Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers

The Old Cinema,
Chatsworth Street,
Co. Killkenny,
R95 XV05,

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Lot 494/0237

Estimate: €400-600

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Co. Limerick:
A broadside poster, 12 ins x 7 ¼ ins, Limerick printed, undated (c. 1830?), giving an extract of a letter from Doctor Palmer, late Magistrate of Jamaica, concerning ‘the glaring absurdity and gigantic iniquity of the Emigration scheme, as concocted by the legislature on this Island .. I contemplate with horror the importation of 50,000 more deluded beings into this country. For them no preparation is making now, and when they arrive they will add to the number of those unhappy victims of cupidity, whose history is short but appalling — they came to this country! They sickened!! They died!! .. the Rum, the Sun, and the disappointments of this country, levelling them to the dust in a few months after their arrival ..’

Many Irish were among the 19th Century emigrants to Jamaica, hence presumably this Limerick publication. As ephemera, w.a.f. A rare and interesting document. (1)

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