A Survey of the Irish in England (1872) by Alan O'Day

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Hugh Heinrick's moment as an Irish celebrity was brief and uncommemorated. Only Denvir's The Irish in Britain, first published exactly two decades later, was comparable. G. 84 The latter had in fact been inspired by the visit of the Rev. George Montgomery of Wednesbury to Dublin, and was restricted to the West Midlands. Heinrick's survey was both the most extensive and intensive investigation of the Irish community prior to publication of Denvir's volume. Even that, though in total of far greater length than Heinrick's articles, only devoted the final eighty-three pages specifically to the Irish in Britain.

There is in all this a conclusive evidence of the splendour and influence of Irish mind and Irish manhood when emancipated from the evil agencies which condemn them to lethargy and inaction at home for that such is the effect of the present order of things in Ireland none will deny. Such is the blighting effect of foreign rule that to burgeon, bloom, and bear fruit worthy of its strength and fervour, the genius of Ireland must be transplanted out of its native habitat. At home it languishes as the forest trees that pine when the upas loads the atmosphere with its poison.

All branches and members admitted are to accept unconditionally A Survey of the Irish in England 15 and without reservation all the rules and regulations and to subscribe to the principles of the London Home Rule Association. Branches outside the metropolis wishing for affiliation to the London Association are to have their own laws, rules, and fiscal arrangements - the object of union being mutual advice and suggestion. No matter how advanced the opinions of individuals, subscription to the principle of Home Rule is all the condition of membership required, but this subscription in every case is to be held indispensable.

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