ATKINSON, A. Ireland exhibited to England, in a political and moral survey of her population, and in a statistical and scenographic tour of certain districts; comprehending specimens of her colonisation, natural history and antiquities, arts, sciences, and commerce, customs, character, and manners, seats, scenes and sea views. Violent inequalities in her political and social system, the true source of her disorders. Plan for softening down those inequalities, and for uniting all classes of the people in one civil association for the improvement of their country. With a letter to the members of His Majesty’s Government on the state of Ireland.


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Two volumes. London, Baldwin, 1823.pp. (1) [iv], xxxii, 392, (2) vii, 448. First edition. Recent paper boards. Unobtrusive water stain otherwise very good. Scarce.
COPAC with 12 locations only. Kress C.1014 Goldsmiths 23709. Not in Bradshaw.
Atkinson was genuinely concerned with the condition of the Irish peasantry. He spent much of the previous thirty years travelling in Ireland observing in great detail its people and its economy. This work gives his detailed descriptions of Counties Louth, Down and Antrim, visiting most towns and villages commenting on the physical state, the condition of the surrounding countryside and its people. He writes of such matters as tithes, land tenures, mineral waters, meadows, gardens, orchards, timber and woods, bogs, burning and draining, manures, food, fuel, roads, canals, gentlemen’s seats, caves, cairns, cromlechs, agricultural societies, peasantry improvement societies, Ulster dialect, rural inns, linen manufacture and its influence, the then considerable cotton industry, woollen and paper manufacture, trade, mail coaches, etc He believed that English rule in Ireland was against the interests of the Irish people, Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter. He wrote that the Irish Administration: “cannot, in its executive capacity, lay a lasting foundation for the peace of Ireland … or by its terrors, awe it into gloomy silence”.


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