Skibbereen, Feb. 13, 1847.
SIR.– After an absence of a few weeks this town appeared to me the region of the dead rather than the habitation of human beings. Those who were able to move about a few weeks since may be now seen crouched at some hall-door where they are frequently found dead. –The dead are trippling the dying; fever is also doing the work of destruction here. Whilst writing this, a man has just died in the street and many dead are now being removed to the workhouse.
Mortality has spread the gloom of dismay even on the wealthy. A gentleman has informed me that there are thirty dead bodies now awaiting interment in the neighbouring parishes of Kilmaccabee and Kilfachnabeg. There is an inquest to be held here to-day, on the body of a young man who sought shelter in a boiler belonging to the soup house and died.