In Mayo and some other parts of the western province there appears to be a regular scramble for the crops between the chief landlords (who are generally weighed down by embarrassments), the middlemen, and the farmers– large and small. In all directions keepers are watching the crops, to prevent their removal; and the peasantry, upon the other hand, are exerting their ingenuity to make away with the produce, whilst the collectors of the poor-rate find it almost impossible to obtain anything for the support of the destitute.
The result of all this contention is, that little, either of rents or rates, is paid. I know of one instance where an agent– himself a man of station and property– has determined to abandon the agency of an estate in Mayo, the rental of which is £10,000 per annum, on account of the impossibility of collecting rents from the multitude of small occupiers. Of this extensive estate some thousands of acres are held by persons in the rank of gentry, who pay a very small acreable rent, and who, in ordinary years, have derived large incomes from the sub-tenants. Those parties are paying their rents pretty well, because, if arrears were allowed to accumulate, the sort of estate they possess would be lost by ejectment.
In some parts of Leinster the opposition to rents is quite as formidable as in Mayo, with this difference, that the Leinster farmers are generally able to pay, only that they are prevented by an organised system of resistance. Up to this time this vicious confederacy has not extended much beyond the districts of the King’s county, bordering upon Tipperary. –Morning Chronicle correspondent.