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R95 XV05,

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Lot 604/7025

Estimate: €600-800

‘They stole Trevelyan’s Corn ..’
Charles Trevelyan [1807-1886]. A collection of seven autograph signed letters to various recipients, 1868-84, one to M. le Baron Henri Soloyns concerning a Report on Idiots and Imbeciles (July 1877), with one postally used stamped envelope, and with a copy of a background note concerning Trevelyan.
Charles Trevelyan was a senior British Treasury official who supervised relief to Ireland during the Famine. Informed in 1847 that people were starving while the country was full of corn, he replied that ‘It is my opinion that too much has been done for the people.’ Later that year he was knighted for his services to Ireland. He is commemorated in the song The Fields of Athenry, ‘They stole Trevelyan’s corn ..’

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