Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cork's Generosity to Prisoners

On January 26, 1776, Colonel Ethan Allen, an American prisoner on the British ship Solebay, wrote a note to the merchants and other residents of Cork, Ireland.

GENTLEMEN: I received your generous present this day with a joyful heart. Thanks to God there are still the feelings of humanity in the worthy citizens of Cork towards those of their bone and flesh, who, through misfortune from the present broils in the empire are needy prisoners.

The Captain of the Solebay later confiscated many of the gifts from Allen and other prisoners, complaining the "American rebels" should not feast by the courtesy of the "rebels of Ireland."  
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