Famine in Ireland

IRELAND    This country, which has so long been the “difficulty” of the British Government, is at present in a horrifying and pitiful plight.  Famine, with its numerous and dreadful train of diseases, knocks at the doors of the great majority of its brave and hardy population.  Already has the cry become universal, “Give us food, that we perish not.”  The workhouses, which the Irishman hates in his heart, are being filled more and more every day, and according to the present appearances, the lower classes, with few exceptions, must ere long become one general mass of paupers.

                                            (Liberator, Oct 9, 1846, pg 3)