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Mr. Morton to Henry Sandford Pakenham-Mahon, 9 May 1848

National Library of Ireland, Pakenham Mahon Papers, 10, 103 (1)
Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland
9 May 1848


Letter from Thomas Morton, a Protestant middleman on the Strokestown Estate,  to Henry Sandford Pakenham-Mahon, son-in-law of Major Denis Mahon. Morton is defending the Major's assisted emigration plan which Bishop Browne had attacked in the Freeman's Journal some days previously. He describes the tenants expressing their 'gratitude and thankfulness to their landlord for enabling them to go'. 

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