MURPHY, Peter D.
Title: Poor Ignorant Children : Irish Famine Orphans in Saint John, New Brunswick.First Edition.
Publisher:  D'Arcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies, Saint Mary's University, 1999,
Seller ID: 40330
MURPHY, Peter D. Poor Ignorant Children : Irish Famine Orphans in Saint John, New Brunswick. Halifax, Nova Scotia : D'Arcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies, Saint Mary's University, (1999). First Printing. Pp. (6),-83,(1). 4to, photo-illustrated brownish card covers with green and white lettering to front cover, white lettering to spine. "Bad and all as we were we often wished we never seen St. John', lamented an Irish Famine survivor. Fifteen thuosand Irish refugees arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick, in 1847 alone. In 'Poor Ignorant Children', Peter Murphy charts the fate of Irish orphans in a strange, unwelcoming land. Peter Murphy's scrupulous edition of the Saint John Emigrant Orphan Asylum admittance ledger is a model and may possible spur the Irish to give comparable treatment and respect to their passenger lists and workhouse records fo the period of the Great Famine. This imaginative work dramatically improves our understanding of the plight of youthful Irish famine immigrants in nineteenth-century New Brunswick... Through the use of formerly unexplored primary sources, the author manages to put a poignant and human face on a previously ill-defined group that experienced the traumatic famine migration to North America." - from the rear cover. Includes a short history of Irish emigration to New Brunswick during the Famine years, and a transcription of the ledger (five headings: date of entry, name, religion, age, and place of nativity; accompanied by extensive notes), as well as appendix serving as a list of the sailing vessels which transported Irish emigrants to the port fo Saint John in 1847. With bibliography.A very good copy. Scarce. 125.00