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Farewell to the Irish political prisoner William Smith O'BRIEN

This transcription was done 10 February 2000.
by Marie Sampson of West Australia
The following is a transcript of a letter dated 4 July 1854 and appearing in the Hobarton Mercury of 8 July 1854. William Smith O'Brien was the leader of the Young Ireland movement. He was transported to Tasmania together with other Irish political prisoners but his life sentence was later commuted and he was pardoned in 1856.

To William Smith O'Brien, Esq.. Dear Sir, -- On the eve of your departure from this colony, we, the undersigned inhabitants of Hobart Town and its vicinity, beg leave to offer you and your companions, Messrs. Martin and O'Doherty, our sincere congratulations upon your restoration to freedom. It affords us pleasure to testify that your sojourn amongst us has been marked by the same high gentlemanly spirit which had previously distinguished your public career. However many of us differ from you as to the merits of the cause which led to your expatriation, we must all respect the purity and disinterestedness of your motives, and admire the fortitude with which you have borne up against the privations which an ardent devotion to what you deemed the interest of your country, entailed upon you. With the fervent hope that-in the enjoyment of freedom and the society of your family and friends-the recollection of all that has been painful and irksome in your captivity may soon be obliterated from your mind,
We remain, dear Sir,
Very sincerely yours, ..............

SURNAME Christian name AREA
ABRAHAMS & Davis Hobart
ALLISON William Hobart
ALLWRIGHT George New Norfolk
ALLWRIGHT Thomas New Norfolk
ANDREWS W J F Hobart
ASHE Thomas Hobart
ATKINSON F Richmond
AUSTIN Thomas Hobart
AUSTIN J Hobart
BARKER Richard New Norfolk
BARNES W Richmond
BATEMAN (JP) J R Hobart
BECKLEY J Richmond
BENNETT Brian New Norfolk
BILLETT James Richmond
BILLETT J E Richmond
BIRCHALL J S Hobart
BIRR J Hobart
BLAKE Peter Brighton
BLEEZE C Port Cygnet
BOLGER P Hobart
BOMFORD Isaac Richmond
BOND Rev. W P New Norfolk
BREWER A E O Hobart
BRIGGS Joseph Brighton
BRIGHT (MD) Richard Hobart
BROOKS Edward New Norfolk
BROOKS P Richmond
BROOKS William Richmond
BROOKS John Richmond
BURDETT S Hobart
BURGESS S Richmond
BURGESS Thomas Richmond
BURKE Rev. M Hobart.Catholic clergyman
BURN George Richmond
BURRIDGE J Richmond
BUSCOMBE H A K Richmond
BUSCOMBE B L Richmond
BUTCHER William Richmond
BUTCHER George B Richmond
BYRON H Brighton
CADSIDY Hugh Woodburn
CAHILL Joseph New Norfolk
CAIRNDUFF AM Rev.Alexander Hobart
CAIRNS (MD) R W Hobart
CLARKE Joseph New Norfolk
CLARKE John Hobart
CLEBURN MLC Rishard Hobart
COGGIN W Hobart
COLE E H Hobart
COLE William Hobart
CONNELL Thomas Richmond
CONOLAN B Hobart
COOK Henry Hobart
COOLEY Captain Hobart
CORRY J A Hobart
COUSENS John Hobart
COVERDALE (MD) (JP) J Hobart
CRISP Samuel Solicitor
CRISP Thomas Hobart. Solicitor
CROOKE (MD) (JP) William Hobart
CRUMP William Hobart
DALY E Hobart
DAST Thomas Brighton
DAVIES John Hobart
DAVIS Brighton
DE LA HUNT (MD) J H Hobart
DEAKIN J E Hobart
DEGRAVES Charles Hobart
DELANEY L Richmond
D'EMDEN H S Hobart.Independant clergyman
DEVINE T Brighton
DICKSON,JUNR. (JP) Basset Hobart
DONNELLY Michael Jerusalem
DOWN John New Norfolk
DOWNE Edwin Hobart
DOWNING P Hobart
DREW J Richmond
DRY Richard Hobart.Speaker of the Legislative Council
DUNNE Rev.W J Richmond. Catholic chaplain
DUNNE William Hobart
EADY Charles Hobart
EDDINGTON J Hobart
EDDITCH E Port Cygnet
EDMONDS H Hobart
EDWARDS R T Port Cygnet
EDWARDS G W Port Cygnet
ELWIN W New Norfolk
EMMETT James Hobart
ESPIE J Broadmarsh
ESPIE Robert Richmond
FANE R Hobart
FEATHERSTONE T Richmond
FENTON John New Norfolk
FENTON (MLC) Michael Hobart
FENTON MLC M New Norfolk
FERGUSON George Hobart
FERGUSON J Hobart
FINDLAY S Hobart
FITZGERALD T New Norfolk
FITZGERALD Thomas Richmond
FITZGERALD M Hobart
FITZGERALD Junior John Richmond
FLYNN J Hobart
FOX B Jerusalem
FRANCIS J G Hobart
FULLER J Hobart
GABRIEL W Hobart
GABY Thomas Richmond
GALBRAID A W Hobart
GALLAGHER John Hobart
GALLAGHER P Hobart
GARTH George Port Cygnet
GASKILL Lacy Hobart
GATES William Port Cygnet
GAYLOR J Hobart
GELLIBRAND MA J Tice Richmond.Chaplain
GILMORE William Hobart
GILMORE James I Hobart
GIOLMORE John Hobart
GLOVER W Richmond
GRAHAM William Hobart
GRIFFIN William Hobart
GRIFFITH John Richmond
GRIFFITH Val Richmond
GRIFFITH E Richmond
GUY Andrew New Norfolk
GUY George Richmond
HAGAN W J New Norfolk
HALL Very Rev.Wm. Hobart. Vicar General
HARVEY Bruce C Hobart
HATTON Michael Jerusalem
HEDGER John New Norfolk
HENRY James Hobart
HERBERT T Richmond
HOLLINGS John Hobart
HORAN William Jerusalem
HUNTER Henry Hobart
HUNTER CC Rev.George Hobart
HURLEY W E Hobart
HYAMS Osrael Hobart
INNIS James F Hobart
JACKSON H Hobart
JAMES W New Norfolk
JAMISON W B New Norfolk
JARVIS W Brighton
JARVIS Mrs. New Norfolk
JOHNSON Thomas Hobart
JONES James Richmond
JONES G A Hobart
JONES H Hobart
KEMP (JP) A F Hobart
KINGSLEY S B Hobart
KISSOCK Alexander Hobart
KNAPPER S Hobart
LAING A New Norfolk
LAMB Charles Jerusalem
LANDER William Richmond
LAWRENCE W J Richmond
LEWIS Neil Hobart
LINDSAY William Hobart
LLOYD G H New Norfolk
LLOYD H Grant New Norfolk
LLOYD (JP) H New Norfolk
LOWES Thomas Yardley Hobart
LUTTRELL Edward Brighton
LUTTRELL John Brighton
LUTTRELL Alfred Brighton
MACDOWELL E Hobart.Crown solicitor
MACMICHAEL H New Norfolk
MACMICHAEL W A New Norfolk
MACMILLAN John Port Cygnet
MADDIGAN Thomas Hobart
MAGUIRE Rev. A RC Clergyman
MANING A H Hobart
MARTIN John New Norfolk
MCBRIDE J Hobart
MCCALLAH S Richmond
MCCARTHY (MD) E C Hobart
McCIENEHAN W [hard to read]
MCCONNOR John Richmond
MCCULLAGH J Richmond
MCGOWAN John Richmond
MCGOWAN James Richmond
MCGOWAN Junior J Richmond
MCGUIRE M Jerusalem
MCINTYRE Bernard Hobart
MCMINN Washington Hobart. Solicitor
M'CONNELL John Hobart
MCSHEEN John Brighton
MCSHEEN H M Brighton
M'CUNNUNGHAM Benjamin Hobart
MEEK James Hobart
MOONEY John Hobart
MOORE John A New Norfolk
MOORE John Hobart
MOORE John Hobart
MORAN Charles Richmond
MORAN Edward Richmond
MORRISON (MLC) Askin Hobart
MOSES H L Hobart
MURPHY Daniel Richmond
MURPHY John Richmond
MURPHY P Richmond
MURPHY John Richmond
MURPHY Denis Hobart
NANT W Richmond
NESSLING S Richmond
NEWTON H Hobart
NICHOLAS Alfred Hobart
NICHOLAS Sydney Hobart
NICHOLS J H Richmond
NICHOLS W H Hobart
NICHOLSON H V Hobart
O'DONNELL John Hobart
OGILVY (JP) David Hobart
O'REILLY Phillip Hobart
O'ROURKE Dan Port Cygnet
PACEY William Hobart
PARKINSON Robert Brighton
PEARCE S Hobart
PEARSON Leonard Hobart
PECK James Hobart
PERRY P Hobart
PICKWOOD A Port Cygnet
PLATT George Hobart
PRICE W H New Norfolk
PRICE Thomas New Norfolk
PROCTER W Richmond
RASS S Richmond
READ Robt. Carr New Norfolk
REDDING R Richmond
REDDING E Richmond
REEVES Isaac Godfrey Hobart
RHODES G F Richmond
RICHARDS Jos. New Norfolk
ROBERTSON (JP) William Hobart
ROBINSON W S Richmond
RONT William Hobart
ROWBOTTOM J New Norfolk
SALIER W G New Norfolk
SCOTT Joseph Port Cygnet
SMITH William Villeneuve Campania
SMITH George Hobart
SPURLING A G Hobart
STEVENS Joseph Hobart
STEVENSON William Hobart
STOKELL G Richmond
STOKELL Junior G Richmond
TERRY Edward New Norfolk
THOMSON J A Hobart. Alderman
TILL John Richmond
TODD C J Hobart
TROUS Isaac Richmond
TRUMP John Hobart
VALE Patrick Hobart
WALCH J W B Hobart
WALSH J B Sorrell
WALSH Peter Hobart
WATKINS W Richmond
WATKINS William Hobart
WETTON F Hobart
WHEATLEY J F Brighton
WHITE J W Hobart
WHITESIDES James Hobart
WIDWOOD Claude Wade Hobart. Solicitor
WILKONS W S Richmond
WILKS Matthew Hobart
WILLIAMS C F Hobart
WILLIAMS George Hobart
WILSON Grace New Norfolk
WILSON Robert Hobart
WING Jacob Hobart
WINTLE S W Hobart
WOODS A Brighton
WOODS Rev.Charles Hobart.Catholic chaplain
WORLEY Robert Hobart. Alderman
WORMSLEY ? New Norfolk
ZELLY B Richmond

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