Letter of Allan Cameron Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives Donegal Index Donegal Miscellaneous Index Copyright Contributed by Mary Heaphy _________________________________________ County Donegal, Ireland From papers in the National Library, Dublin. LETTER OF ALLAN CAMERON Letter of Allan CAMERON, Deputy Divisional Commissioner of the R.I.C. to Landlord's agent John J. BENISON re implements required for evictions at Townavilly, Raphoe, Co. Donegal, March 1889. BENISON who resided at Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, was agent for the estates of the Commissioners of Education, (generally known as the Endowed Schools Commissioners) at Townavilly. The tenants had combined in a rent strike under the plan of Campaign and the Commissioners eventually decided to evict. At that time when large numbers were being evicted in an area the divisional commissioner or his deputy took charge of security arrangements and directed both police and military. Divisional headquarters were at Armagh and Cameron stayed at a hotel while he was on service in Donegal. To ensure a minimum of resistance by tenants the policy of the Chief Secretary, Balfour, was to have all possible aids, most notable being the battering ram made available to the evicting party and Cameron is anxious to avail of the facility. The letter is written by a clerk and signed by Cameron. Letter Gweedore Hotel. Co. Donegal. March 1889. Dear Sir, I have fixed on Tuesday the 12th inst as date on which to carry out evictions on the property of the Commissioners of Education at Townavilly and have so informed Sub. Sheriff. I have informed him that I consider it necessary to have on the spot for the purpose of forcing a speedy entrance should determined opposition be given as apprehended the following implements viz;-A battering ram, a saw, shields, and two ladders, and I have further informed him that unless these implements are provided together with a proper staff to work them, it will become necessary for me to consider whether I can continue to afford protection after a reasonable period has elapsed for effecting an entrance. Yours Faithfully, Allan CAMERON. John J DENISON Esq. Slieve RUSSELL, Ballyconnell.