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16 October 2014
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left border All that can be said of the peasants in the West of Ireland are the words hovels, hunger, rags, rheumatics, weakness, sickness, death. All that can be said for the landowners of the West of Ireland are the words castles, pride, idleness, improvidence, poverty, debt.

"Letters from Ireland during the Famine of 1847" by Alexander Somerville
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source B
left border Call the Irish what we will; idle, improvident, reckless, totally dependent on the upper classes (whom they complain about) no name is too hard almost for them. Here, alas, the Famine can be seen in every face. They are starving round us, cold, naked, hungry, well nigh homeless. There is no energy, no honesty, no industry among them.

"A Highland Lady in Ireland - the journals of Lady Elizabeth Grant, 1840-1850"
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