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Extra info for A Survey of the Irish in England (1872)
Between the sybarites of society who squander Irish wealth in the English metropolis, and the poor crushed and heartbroken victims who perish unnoticed by the wayside of life, there is in London, as in nearly all the large towns in England, an immense force of Irish life, energy, and intelligence, which, if organised and united, would constitute a most valuable aid in accomplishing the national regeneration of their native land. Strong in numbers, influential in position, gifted with high intelligence and clear A Survey of the Irish in England 5 political sagacity, and withal intensely national, there is today an Irish power in England which, if marshalled and led with one desire and one aim, would make the possession of power by any political party inimical to Irish interests or Irish rights an utter impossibility.
From the days of Congreve, Steele, and Goldsmith, to those of Maxwell, Lover, and Lever, the brightest as well as the purest of the magazine and serial literature of London has been supplied by Irishmen [as well]. The Irish names who have figured in the first rank are too well known to need recapitulation; but in the lower and intermediate ranks the proportion of Irish writers on the London press is an unknown mystery outside the ranks of the initiated. 2 There is not a newspaper in London without its one, two, three, and four Irish writers and Irish reporters on its staff-indeed, Irish reporters are not alone numerous, but are the best and the ablest who supply the daily papers with the Court and Parliamentary records of the day.
31. 49. 64. 66. 74. 53 p. 120. 53. 51. 32. 57 David Fitzpatrick's chapters in the forthcoming New History of Ireland. 40. 90. 60 Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working-Class in England (Reprint, London 1969), p. 125. 61 p. S. 62-63. 389-462. 242; PJ. l-206. 39. 65 Ibid. 42. 46. 49. 53. 53-54. 57. 65. 113. 99. 91. 119. 95. 77. 84. 80 The Nation, 21 March 1874. , 8 August 1874. 82 United Irishman, 18 November 1876; John Denvir to Isaac Butt, 24 and 27 August 1876, I. Butt Papers, National Library oflreland, Ms 8698 (36).