Digest of Evidence taken before Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Inquiry into the

Digest of Evidence taken before Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Inquiry into the State of the Law and Practice in Respect to the Occupation of Land in Ireland. First Edition. Two Volumes. Dublin, Printed by Alexander Thom for Her Majesty’s Stationary Office, 1847 / 1848. 21 x 13 cm. Part 1: viii, 702 pages. With three foldouts and numerous tables / illustrations in the text. / Part 2: viii, pages from 703 to 1172. With two foldouts and tables. Original dark green textured cloth. Hard cover with gilt titles on spine. Very good condition. Corners, boards and spine slightly ruubed and bumped. Spine darkened to brown. Joints started to crack in places, but binding remains sound. Some dust dulling. Mild foxing,mainly to end papers, first and last few pages. Very few pencil underlinings, otherwise internally very clean.

The Devon Commission (officially ‘Commission on Occupation of Land (Ireland)’) was a commission that was appointed by Sir Robert Peel to research the problems with land leases. It was formed in 1843 and reported 1845. This was a positive step for the government as it made the Irish believe that reform would come soon afterwards. This was the first time that a British government had taken a step towards reforming the unfair leases.
The Devon Commission was headed by William Courtney, the 10th Earl of Devon, and it reported in 1845 that the population of Ireland had exploded from 6 million people to close on 8 million people. Similarly, they concluded that the leases were unfair and were favorable to the landowners (who were usually Anglo-Irish). The majority of Irish tenants had no form of protection, they could be, and often were, summarily evicted. The Devon Commission had wide reaching consequences and though too late to prevent the famine, it did galvanize change afterwards. (Wikipedia).
From the Introductory Chapter: ‘The whole of that vast mass of evidence taken by the commissioners in reference to the mutual relation existing between the proprietors and occupiers of land in Ireland, is at once conclusive, painfully interesting, and the most portentous in its character. It proves that the safety of the country, and the respective interests of both those classes, call loudly for a cautious but immediate adjustment of the grave questions at issue between them’.

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Digest of Evidence taken before Her Majesty's Commissioners of Inquiry into the
Digest of Evidence taken before Her Majesty's Commissioners of Inquiry into the
Digest of Evidence taken before Her Majesty's Commissioners of Inquiry into the
Digest of Evidence taken before Her Majesty's Commissioners of Inquiry into the
Digest of Evidence taken before Her Majesty's Commissioners of Inquiry into the