Henry Stratford Persse's Letters from Galway to America, 1821-1832
Edited by James Pethica, J.C. Roy Series Edited by David Fitzpatrick
A customs official and distiller in Galway whose sons emigrated to America in 1821, Henry Stratford Persse's letters provide a striking account of Galway life, Irish misgovernment and American democracy during the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
James Pethica teaches English Literature at the University of Richmond, Virginia. David Fitzpatrick teaches history at Trinity College, Dublin.
"This collection...offers a vivid and irregular perspective on the economic and social conditions of the Ascendancy. In a moderate and well paced introduction, the historical context in which the letters were written is reconstructed.... and the specific private actions that score the narrative bring the author's personal and family experience into relief..... the editors skillfully delineate Persse's unconventional attitudes toward political and social reform in prefamine Ireland...and Persse's nonsectarian approach to education and social achievement is also carefully explored".-- New Hibernia Review
200 pp pages, 5" x 8", illustrated, March 1998 paper, 1 85918 141 4, $10.95 Published by Cork University Press