Shackleton, Ebenezer. 'Thoughts on reading the Hon. John P. Vereker's paper on absenteeism'. - Dublin: Transactions of the Dublin Statistical Society, Vol II, 1849-1851, pp.1-5
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. II 1849-1851
Even if we grant that Absenteeism is an evil, in an economical
sense, what then? How would you cure it, without interfering
with personal freedom? Who do you call an absentee? Is it
the man who derives rent from one part of the kingdom, and spends
it in another—from Ireland, for instance, to spend it in England?
Mr. Vereker speaks of this man as an absentee. Might he not as
well call the landlord of an estate in Munster, who reside in
Leinster, an absentee?—or even closer—in the adjoining county,
or parish? Again, it is said that money spent in the country must do good,
and augment its wealth, either directly or indirectly.
It might be better for a tenantry
that a landlord should spend his rents in the gambling houses at
Baden-baden. Such a thing is possible, and in point of fact, the
tenantry of absentees are more thriving than are the tenantry of
some resident proprietors.
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