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Abercorn Tenants in Leckpatrick Parish, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Requesting Rent Abatement During The Great Famine, 1849

Extracted from the Londonderry Journal, December 12 1849
Transcribed, compiled and submitted by Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia


SIR – As you have given publicity last week to a letter, written by Major HUMPHREYS, reflecting not a little on the Rev. M. CHAMBERS, might I ask the favour of you to give the same publicity to the following, in vindication of his conduct in the proceedings of the Leckpatrick Tenantry, and oblige yours,


Leckpatrick, 10th Dec. 1849


SIR – We, the undersigned, having seen, in your paper of last week, a letter by Major HUMPHREYS, containing a Declaration by each of the Gentlemen who signed the Requisition, calling a meeting of Lord ABERCORN’S Tenants, in this parish, to consider the propriety of petitioning his Lordship for an abatement of Rent, cannot allow that letter to go before the world without at the same time expressing, with all due respect to the Major, our most decided approbation of the conduct of the two Rev. Gentlemen, viz., REV. M. CHAMBERS, and REV. B. McKENNA ,and the other Gentlemen who signed the Requisition with them. All the Requisitionists deserve our very best thanks for the straight-forward course adopted by them in calling us together, but especially the two Rev. Gentlemen of the parish, for their able, independent and manly advocacy of our claims, these hard times, for a reduction of Rents.