Tenants of the Twelve Townlands of Ardstraw Parish, Co. Tyrone
Saturday 12 May 1832
To the Hon. & Right Rev. Richd. POSONBY B. B. Lord Bishop of Derry,
May it please your Lordship – We, your Lordship’s Tenants of the Twelve Townlands of Ardstraw, in the County of Tyrone, beg leave to express our warmest gratitude, for your disinterested and benevolent conduct towards us on a late occasion. Your Lordship, with a disinterestedness which must enhance your character in public estimation, renewed the Leases of our present Holdings, which had nearly expired, and which perhaps, in other hands and under other circumstances, might have been withheld. By this generous act of your Lordship, you have conferred on us and our families a lasting favour.
Were the example thus set by your Lordship, imitated by the landed Proprietors of Ireland in general, our ill-fated country would cease to be a bye-word, as it is, for poverty, crime, and every species of degradation and wretchedness. Were such tenderness and concern shewn towards the middle and lower classes in society, by those of rank and influence, our industry and strength, instead of being driven to a foreign soil, would be directed to a more natural, and surely a more desirable channel, of calling forth the exuberant and hitherto unexplored rich resources of our native country.
We beg leave to express our warmest thanks Charles STUDDART Esq. for fulfilling, in so very handsome a manner on the occasion alluded to, your Lordship’s benevolent intentions.
William TAGERT J.P.
Edward EDIE J.P.
Andrew Thomas LOVE
A. C. EDIE
Rev. John M’CARTER
transcribed by Teena from the Londonderry Sentinel