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Letter To The Editor Of The Cork Examiner, January 29, 1847
Bandon Bridge Place, Jan. 23rd, 1847
H SIR--permit me to call your attention to the awful condition of the poor of this town. I shall confine myself to a few facts in order to show that famine, distress, and death are rapidly increasing in this town and neighborhood. On Wednesday, the Poor House was virtually closed, there being 1,205 inmates in the House only intended to contain 900 persons. Out of the above number, 187 were in Hospital, 57 of whom are in fever; besides 5 of the paid officers--namely the Roman Catholic Chaplain, Clerk, matron, school master, and mistress. Add to this the crowded state of Bandon Fever Hospital only intended for 28 persons but now holding 40 fever patients.
H The want of accommodation in the Poor House will in a great measure tend to increase this frightful state of misery here. I this day visited one district of our town with Dr. Ormston, Physician to the Bandon Fever Hospital and Dispensary, and the catalogue of disease and want baffles description. One woman of the name of Dalton died of want and dysentery and has been lying unburied for four days, her family not having the means to procure a coffin. A man also is lying dead and unburied from the same cause.
H I see several others suffering from dysentery without straw for a bed, of blankets to cover them, being in an utter state of destitution. IN fact every second house presented a scene of misery and want.
H Watergate also furnishes heart-rending cases of distress. Dysentery is setting in, and I fear its victims will be numerous. It is only a very small portion of the town which my statement refers to. An effort commensurate with the magnitude of the evil ought to be made--I would suggest that application be made by the Soup Committee to the Government for assistance. --Also, that an application be made to the Central Committees of London and Dublin for contribution to our funds, so that more extensive relief may be afforded and thereby be the means of saving the lives of many of our suffering fellow creatures.
I have the honor to remain, Sir, your obedient servant,
WILLIAM C. SULLIVAN
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