1853, Public Meeting Called in Cork to express Outrage at Proposed Nunnery Inspection Bill.
John Francis Maguire who signed the Petition was the Mayor of Cork and funder of the Cork Examiner.
The names on the list is a roll call of Cork’s affluent adn influential Catholics. this issue caused outrage throughout Ireland at least among the Catholic Irish. Bryan Gallwey is Crown Solicitor i.e. State Solicitor. There are 8 Justices of the peace. Among the other are prominent merchants and land owners.
The Tablet (Catholic Journal):
THE NUNNERIES INSPECTION BILL.
[The following are the letters connected with, and the petition presented by, Mr. Lucas on Tuesday night last, which may serve as an example for other parishes of Ireland] :—
TO FREDERICK LUCAS, ESQ.,
10, Essex-bridge, Dublin, May 30th, 1853. Dear Sir—I forward to you by this post, for immediate presentation, the potation of our parish against-the iniqui. tons bill connected with our revered nunneries.
As an illustration of the indignant feelings of our people on this subject, from one parish alone you have here upSheds of 9,000 names, collected. in a few hours, of persons protesting and petitioning against AL Chambers’s bill. If others have not petitioned it is most assuredly not from any feeling for this atrocious measure, but from at idea that it is useless to petition an English parliament, and that this bill, like Russell’s act, can never be carried into execution.
We, however, consider that so long as we have legislators, whether foreign or domestic, we should protest against bad laws, and support good ones—I am, dear Sir, truly yours,
W. J. BATTERSBY. TO W. J. BATTERSBY, ESQ.