Hardwick H. Dablin
Mar. 30, 1822
Rev. [unintelligible]p. 6
Mr. Kholman's [sic] last favor was in date Decbr. 3: your last January 7th with F. Dzierozynski very little note, which I communicated to our Polish father, who till then had not heard of his safe arrival, tho I had sent the acct. given of it in F. Kholmann's Decbr. 3-- Good F. Stackouski sends him a long letter to which if possible I mean to add a few lines. I wrote I think by January packet to F. Kohlmann [sic]. In mentioning the dates of last receipts I do not mean to complain: I own myself [unintelligible] in debt and would be much in fault if the delay in my answer were voluntary. In addition to the unceasing occupations of this little residence I have for apology an illness which has annoyed me since February. I seldom pass a winter without heavy colds and pectoral complaints here....
You here dreadful things of the South of Ireland. The disorders are bad enough but not near so much as the English papers make them-- the Crimes of Murder & burning houses have been frequent. I cannot admit any excuse or palliative. If it [is] however true that the people are goaded to desperation by the sad effects of the little system. The high rents and absentee landlords. Your slaves even in the South are better provided for in many respects than are a great portion of our peasantry. It may amaze you to have the recent result of the census published by order of the House of Commons & made last year 1821.
Munster 2,005,363 } 6,046,949
Ulster 2,001,966 }
It is with good grounds concluded that real number must be about 7,500,000. Think now of this country in a spot that scarcely has more arable land than Pennsylvania. I wonder not that you see so many wretched wicked Irish in America. If we were not Catholics, nothing could restrain us & yet with [unintelligible] imprudence we are told that this catholicity is the cause of our disorders in [unintelligible]