#OTD in 1847 – An Gorta Mór mass emigration.

A report by Canada’s Chief Superintendent of Emigration states the numbers of emigrants who had arrived this year were 56,855. In the same period of last year, 24,576 settlers reached the port, showing an increase this year of no less than 32,279.

Source: Cork Examiner, 18 August 1847

The Montreal Pilot thus feelingly alludes to the doomed people of Ireland:–

Here, in Canada, they hoped to find a grave for all their troubles; nor was the hope illusory, for thousands of them have found graves on the banks of the St. Lawrence, –far, far, from the friends of their childhood, and from those early associates which, even in the dying hour, bring consolation to the sufferer. Alas! no mother’s hand closed the pallid lip of the dying; –neither brothers nor sisters heard the agonising struggle of the spirit, eager to free herself from her loathsome prison, and wing her flight to the kingdom of her Creator.

This entry was posted in the Cork Examiner on 19 July 1847

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