A letter written by schoolmaster Mick Donovan residing at No. 56, Shannon Street, Bandon that was addressed to James and Ludlow Sealy of Burren House, Kilbrittain seeking financial support for a publication of a book of poetry that describe his experiences during the famine period;
October 11, 1851
|Main Creator:||Donovan, Mick; schoolteacher|
|Citation:||National Library of Ireland. Department of Manuscripts.|
Mick or Michael Donovan describes his own personal situation "... before the failure of the potato crop I supported myself independently as a schoolmaster, but since the commencement of that fatal visitation I regret to say that my school dwindled away to utter insignificance... I have now compleated a poetical treatise called "The Ruined Hamlet"... it most feelingly describes the prostration of trade, the depression of the agricultural interest and the manifold evils resulting from the above mentioned national calamity...".
The letter contains a list of names of members of the gentry who have given money towards the cost of publication of the book of poetry. However there appears to be no record of the publication of the poem.
Physical description: 1; letter
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