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Why the evil of slavery became too shocking

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on October 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

From ‘The Cromwellian Settlement of Ireland’ by John P. Prendergast, Second Edition enlarged, 1870, Clachan Publishing, 2014.

Daniel Connery, a gentleman of Clare, was sentenced, in Morison’s presence, to banishment, in 1657, by Colonel Henry Ingoldsby, for harbouring a priest. “This gentleman had a wife and twelve children. His wife fell sick, and died in poverty. Three of his daughters, beautiful girls, were transported to the West Indies, to an island called the Barbadoes; and there, if still alive (he says) they are miserable slaves.” (quoted from Morisons “Threnodia Hiberno-Catholica”, Innsbruck, 1659, p. 287. But at last the evil became too shocking and notorious, particularly when these dealers in Irish flesh began to seize the daughters and children of the English themselves, and to force them on board their slave ships; then, indeed, the orders, at the end of four years, were revoked.

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