Irish Links to New Brunswick, Canada, 1843, Repeal Meeting.

The Canadian ambassador to Ireland whose maternal forebears descend from Paul Kingston from ‘Bantry Bay’ emigrated in the 1820s was talking recently of the strong links.  Irish emigration continued fro the late 18th century.

ADJOURNED SIMULTANEOUS MEETING.TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY-FIVE POUNDS COLLECTED,    The above meeting, pursuant to notice, took place last Monday evening, and far surpassed our expectations in point of numbers assembled, and the amount collected. At seven o’clock the theatre was crowded, and Charles Doherty, Esq. was called to the chair, and addressed the meeting at considerable length, and with political fertility of thought which would do honor to the leading agitators of the 19th century. His speech embraced master strokes, which would stagger the man of monopoly, though supported by the crown, and as strong as the pillars of Hercules.    The Rev. James Dunphy, R.C. rector of the city, who so generously promoted the success of Ireland’s Monday, by his princely contribution and great influence, handed in the sum of 5l. from a friend to Repeal.    Dr. De Wolfe, a native of Nova Scotia, paying 1l. 5s, became a member of the Repeal Association.    The Subscription of Denis Burke, employed as stoker or fireman in a steam-boat, was announced to be 5l.    The amount collected last Monday evening was 75l., which added to the sum of the previous evening, brought the gross proceeds of the sumultaneous meeting up to 1,060 dollars, which being announced from the chair, created several peals of Repeal thunder, showing how loud the public voice was calling for justice for Ireland. Such a sum was never before collected at one Repeal meeting at this side of the Atlantic, a fact which proves that the friends of Ireland in this city know how to organise a meeting better than their fellow-countrymen in the colonies, or their fellow-labourers in the United States.    The thanks of the meeting having been given to Mr. Doherty, for his exemplary conduct in the chair, the meeting adjourned with several rounds of cheers for the leading agitators of the day—St. John Liberator.    The Repealers of this city (St. John) contributed more at the simultaneous meeting than all British America on the same occasion. The laurels of the patriotism are blooming on their brow, and to them belongs the proud boast of having collected more at one meeting than has ever been received in one day, in any part of the New World.