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Marcus McCausland to the Lord Lieutenant, 17 November 1847

Outrage Reports, Roscommon 1847
Courtesy of the Irish National Archives
17 November 1847


A letter from Marcus McCauseland to the Lord Lieutenant which enclosed along with threatening letters he and his wife had recieved 'with the Strokestown postmark'. He describes the 'alarming state of the county at present'. Though he feels he is not in immediate danger he wishes to inform the Lord Lieutenant that the 'late lamented Major Mahon' was his cousin and that John Ross Mahon is his agent. His letter read "unless you become a better man than what you are at present to your tenants, you will share the same fate as your kinsman the demon Major Mahon did". 

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