Observations on the State of Ireland: Principally Directed to Its Agriculture and Rural Population; in a Series of Letters, Written on a Tour Through that Country, Volume 1

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Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1818 - Agricultural laborers
 

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Page 198 - Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses, whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings.
Page 168 - ... are taken up with a general applause, and usually sung at all feasts and meetings by certain other persons, whose proper function that is, who also receive for the same great rewards and reputation amongst them.
Page 39 - Feuds. 39 castle, whose elevated turrets afforded a commanding and extensive view of the surrounding country. No enemy could approach it in the day time, without the garrison having sufficient warning. Vigilance, incessant vigilance, could alone prevent surprise ; to induce which, a favourite maxim became the border motto, and has been handed down to posterity : " If they come, they come not ; If they come not, they come.
Page 266 - Soon after the explosion commenced a number of meteorites fell to the ground over an area a mile and a half in length and half a mile in breadth. The following masses have been collected : — 1.
Page 139 - When popular discontents have been very prevalent; it may well be affirmed and supported, that there has been generally something found amiss in the constitution, or in the conduct of the government. The people have no interest in disorder. When they do wrong, it is their error, and not their crime. But with the governing part of the state, it is far otherwise.
Page 139 - When popular discontents have been very prevalent, it may well be affirmed and supported that there has been generally something found amiss in the constitution or in the conduct of Government. The people have no interest in disorder. When they do wrong, it is their error, and not their crime. But with the governing part of the State it is far otherwise. They certainly may act ill by design, as well as by mistake.
Page 182 - Israelite ; he was without shoes or stockings, and almost a sans-culotte ; with a coat, or rather a jacket, that appeared as if the first blast of wind would tear it to tatters. Though his garb was thus tattered, he had a manly commanding countenance. I asked permission to see the inside of his cabin, to which I received his most courteous assent. On stooping to enter at the door, I was stopped, and found that permission from another was necessary before 1 could be admitted.
Page 141 - I have heard some great warriors say that, in all the services which they had seen abroad in foreign countries, they never saw a more comely man than the Irishman, nor that cometh on more bravely in his charge...
Page 229 - And no spectacle was more frequent in the ditches of towns, and especially in wasted countries, than to see multitudes of these poor people dead with their mouths all coloured green by eating nettles, docks, and all things they could rend up above ground.
Page 168 - Iren. There is amongst the Irish a certain kind of people., called Bards, which are to them instead of poets, whose profession is to set forth the praises or dispraises of men in their poems or...

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