Our Dublin correspondent telegraphs that the Duchess of Marlborough has
addressed a letter to the distressed districts of Ireland, written in English and
Irish, and dated Viceregal Lodge, Dublin, April 21.
Her Grace says before leaving Ireland for her English home she desires to
say a few farewell words to those whose distress has occupied her thoughts all
winter. It is now four months since she appealed to the English nation for
aid to avert the famine threatening the Irish people. The answer came
immediately in the remittance of large sums of money, including contributions from Her
Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family, the Lord Mayor of London, and the
Mayors and public bodies of the great cities in every part of England.
Altogether, about 112,000/ was collected, with which the committee were able
to supply food, clothes and potato seed to the districts most in want. There
remains are an unexpended balance of nearly 15,000/, which her Grace
proposes to leave in good hands for distribution.
In conclusion, the Duchess says the Irish people should know that England
loves Ireland, and is ever ready to help her in time of need.