Complaint from American consul in Dublin, 1866

Extract from a letter from the American consul in Dublin protesting at the unjust arrest of US citizens in Ireland, following the suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act. The Act, which provided a safeguard against false imprisonment, was frequently suspended in Ireland during times of unrest. Its suspension enabled the authorities to hold people they considered to be troublemakers, but also infringed civil rights.
Catalogue reference: HO 45/7799/76, Part 1, pp. 494-5 (20 February 1866)

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