Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, August 8, 1849
Our Killala correspondent is not correct in all his statements, but because
of a few sentenced in his letter we are induced to publish it:-
TO THE EDITOR OF THE BALLINA CHRONICLE.
Sir- While you continue to write so elaborately, as you have done in
thelast number of your paper, as to the non-existence of cholera, I shall
furnish you with the various occurrences that may arise from its existence in
It is, alas, too true, that it has taken a strong hold of Killala, and that
the afflicting arm of the Almighty is spreading the disease at either ends of
this small town with fearful rapidity; up to the present we have had seventeen
deaths, and from the apathy that seems to exist in those whose business it is to
afford shelter for the sick as well as the poor, I apprehend that many more will
occur before a place will be provided where suitable treatment may be
While other places have been favoured with receptacles for the sick,
Killala has been up to the present neglected, although paying its quota of
rent-its poor rate and public cess- fully equal to any electoral division in
this every way unfortunate union.
The Ecclesiastical Commissioners, to whom this town belongs, since the ever
to be lamented death of the late Bishop, refused to give a house which was built
by public subscription in '32, when cholera first made its appearance in this
country, and which would have been leased to the inhabitants, had the Bishop
lived a week longer, for a less sum than £5 from May last until November. The
Poor Law officials, with their usual economy, could not think of further
embarrassing the union by allowing this exorbitant demand; and the would be
Board of Health-the acting members of whom are so closely connected with the
present poor law business of the day, as to preclude the possibility of
differing in opinion- so that the rolling of the ball from one office to
another, for the last three months, has placed human life at a discount, despite
the unremitting attention of our humane and efficient medical superintendent,
Dr. Nelson, whose efforts day and night are unceasing in doing all he can, going
from house to house, with his assistant Dr. Townly, dispensing the necessary
medicine and advice.
I fondly hope this timely relief will be at once afforded and an hospital
established where medical attendance can be administered with its proper effect.
I am, Mr. Editor, your obedient servant.
Killala, 6th August, 1849.
P.S.- Since writing the above I find that the £5 will be given by the
Guardians, and that the hospital will be given by the Commissioners.
Killala, 7th August, 1849.
Cathy Joynt Labath
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