TO THE EDITOR OF THE CORK EXAMINER.
Cork, Feb. 4, 1847
SIR– The Evening Post is running wild after what it calls a SOCIAL REVOLUTION, and is endeavouring by inferences and quotations to prove the potato defunct in Ireland. There is a story told of a man who was witless enough to “count the number of his chickens, even before the eggs were laid;” but his conduct was just as philosophical as that of the Post, and its admirers, who are telling the country that the Potato Crop of ’47 will be a failure, before the ordinary time for planting it has arrived.
The farmers can well afford to laugh at such philosophical alarmists, and what is more, they are doing so. The other day one of these learned gentry was strongly advising a person who was about to plant some acres of potatoes, not far from the city, not to do so, when the latter replied– “I am determined, sir, to put my seed potatoes in the ground, trusting to Providence for the result. If we trust in the statements of men who, with all their learning, can’t tell the cause of the failure, before we trust in God’s goodness, we cannot expect a blessing.” That was manly and pious, and sets an example no farmer need be ashamed to fellow.