TO THE EDITOR OF THE CORK EXAMINER.
SIR,– As a Tenant Farmer, I think it right to have my name to the requisition, calling a meeting of all persons interested in the adjustment of the rights of Landlord and Tenant; the non-settlement of which, on fair and equitable terms, in my opinion, is the cause of all the misery and wretchedness that has fallen on the country. Allow me to state a few facts, and ask a few plain questions?
Who were the parties having the power who passed all the laws now in existence between landlord and tenant? Who were the parties having the power, I will not at present say whether justly assumed, sold our Parliament to the English Minister, at a time admitted by all, when Ireland was prospering? Who are the parties that have brought famine, and its accompnaying miseries on the people?
I say without fear of being honestly contradicted– The landlords. They have unmercifully enforced the laws made by themselves in recovering rack rents!– Rack-rents would not satisfy them without trampling on the independence and consciences of the people. I wonder how much better off are they? I would recommend them to join the Tenant Farmers at the county meeting, and there make an honest effort to redeem the country from impending ruin.
Let them have the views impressed on their minds by the Devon rambling commission, and by Stanley’s removal of banks or fences, at home. That sort of thimble rigging will not do. Better they should remain away, if not honestly disposed to come to the tenant-right question, as our honoured and respected member for the county, E. B. Roche, did, at the Irish Council in Dublin.
I trust, Mr. Editor, our County meeting will be such as will prove to the Minister of the day, that we are in earnest, and that our demands are just. If he passes a law, free of legal technicalities, granting that right, he may rest assured the miseries of the country will be removed in a very short time. But if he perseveres in upholding the old injustice, or passing half measures, on him, and on his colleagues rests the blame of all the future wretchedness and misery that will befall the country. I remain, Sir, your obedient servant,
A DURALLOW MEMBER OF THE TENANT LEAGUE