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Denis Mahon to John Ross Mahon, 3 January 1847

National Library of Ireland, Packenham Mahon Papers
Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland
3 January 1847


A letter of many pages covering many topics. The first is an 'unproductive' public works scheme. The second is what to do with goods 'destrained' from tenants to induce them to pay rent, or in lieu of rent. The letter then moves on to discussing evictions. As in many of his letters, Denis Mahon stresses that he wishes to proceed against the 'bad' tenant who has the money to pay his rent but will not through 'combination'. 

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