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(From Jerrold's Weekly News) Sir Robert Peel is in earnest. It is evident that he has .profoundly reflected on his plan, and, as it appears to he warmly supported in Ireland, we may presume that it will be pressed on the consideration of Parliament. Let our readers not forget that the Irish unions already owe the Imperial treasury f,1,700,000 for the construction of work- houses alone, and that our advances and grants to Ireland, since November, 1845, amount to the enormous sum of £ 12,000,000; and they must feel that, if this system con- tinues, the wealth of Great Britain must be gradually ab- sorbed in the deep abyss of Irish destitution. Let it also be remembered that the enormous sums already expended have produced no sensible relief. Lord John Russell asks for a further sum of;CIO-),ODO, to be secured, as he stupidly or jocularly says, on the poor-rates of. Ireland. The truth is, that repayment is out of the question—not a farthing in the pound will ever be realised. PrQprietors, tenants, cot- tiers—all are bankrupt. There are no funds to employ labour; far from there being reproduction, production itself is arrested; willing industry is driven into compulsory idle- ness, and that idleness necessarily manifests itself in the form of pauperism. To persist in a course of legislation or government that has produced such results, is downright fatuity. There is no statesmanship in clinging obstinately to ruinous precedents; and if Ministers have not the saga- city to discover the true path, nor the moral courage to pursue it when pointed out, they should resign a position to which they are incompetent. Lord John Russell is scared by any interference with the rights of property; but is it not an interference with the rights of property when the indus- trious classes of Great Britain are heavily mulcted that Irish landowners may receive rents, and insurance offices be secured in the interest of their mortgages ? With little more than a solitary exception, the whole press of Ireland bus pronounced" in favour of the compre- hensive project broached by the ex-Prernier, for the regene- ration of Ireland. Whig, Tory, and Repealer are, for once, agreed, at least as to the principle of the measure. It is," says a. journal, the organ of the northern Presbyterians, 0 y nothing less than a revolution on a small scale—the aboli- tion.of feudalism and serfdom—to make way for the health- ful action of intelligence, industry, and capital." The Re- peal papers arc still more enthusiastic in their encomiums.

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