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Rome, December 30th, 1881.
Dear Sir,

I had the pleasure to receive your esteemed letter of the 25th instant, which w,
followed by your work on the " Irish Pedigrees," a day or two after. I hasten to I
inform you that I had the honour of an audience with the Holy Father on yesterday, ; «|
and I availed myself of the occasion to present him with your work, which he graciously |
received. I explained to him its object. He looked over it with interest, and said that |
he would have it placed in the library. He was pleased to authorise me to convey to |
you, together with his thanks for the work, his Apostolic Benediction, which I trust |
will be a help and an impulse to you to continue to employ your superior talents for >
the advantage of our holy religion and country in the production of works useful to



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in v7 . , ^'",<="'"°' ■"« ^''»" «^t«™am habebuat." Wishing you every success

Isl '^"'^"^ -clertaHugs, and all the blessings and graces of « .is ho.;



I remain yours very sincerely,
John O'Hart, Esq. ^ ^' ^^^^^> Bp. of Lita, etc.



4.— Alfonso, Kin^ of Spain.
Sir, Madrid, 18th Marcli, 1882.

your^"t:S^ '^'^^""^ *^ ^^^ ^'^'^^'^^^^ ^-"=- ^1^ - the copy of

your ins/i Pedigrees,'^ which accompanied your letter dated IMarch fitli H,-« m .

has graciously ordered me to thank you most expressively in m^rame ^^"'^

hear, Sin that the book above mentioned contains, among others, the lineal
descent of my own family, which is of Irish origin. You will, cLequei^t ly n be
surprised at my asking you to be so kind as to send me a copy for myself !^d to Je
me know the amount which is due to you for it. ' ^^

Believe me, Sir, yours most truly.

Count Morphy.



5.— His Grace The Duke of Abercorj^.

''Irilh' P^^r'' ^^,^';.7;° ^^^^ ^I^' O'Hart to accept his thanks for the volume of
Irish Pedigrees" which he has been good enough to send him.



8.-PRESIDENT Arthur, United States, America.

Executive Mansion, Washington,
Dear Sir, January 11th, 1882.

Your letter of the 30th of November to the President, together wi^h the conv of
your book on <'Irish Pedigrees" which you kindly sent him, hfve been receiverand
he desires me to thank you for your courtesy, which should have been acknowledged

Yours very respectfully,

Tno. J. Phillips, Secretary.

9.— The Earl of Beaconsfield.
Sir,

iof yo\:".srpeX'::f ■'"^°""^'^" '" "'^"' ^™' '"'■ "^^ - "^ ^™ -^^'^ -* ■-

I am. Sir,

Your obedient Servant,

J. F. Daly.



l2.—Profe.^8or Johx Stuart Blackie, University of Edinharuh.
Your - Irish Pedigrees" contains excellent materials for history and Philology.



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IS,— Very Eev. Canon Ulick J. Bourke, P.P., M.R.LA.
Ta an obair aumhor go deimhin.



l4,^The Bight Hon. John Bright, M.P.
Dear Sir,

I thank you for the volumes you have sent me ; but T cannot hope to feel the keen
interest in the subject of it which has induced you to write it.

I am, respectfully yours,

John Bright.



16. — Sir J. Bernard Burke, Ulster King-of-Arms.

My dear Mr. O'Hart,

I waited, until I had read your Book, to write my thanks for the handsome copy
you have sent me. I now do so most warmly ; and I can, at the same time, add my
high appreciation of your work. It is full of interest to the genealogical and historic
student, and will, I trust, circulate largely. I am sending a copy to my friend. Garter
King of Arms.

Ever, my dear Su", j'^ours sincerely,

J. Bernard Burke, Ulster.



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19. — The Eight Honourable 3 o^^vB. Chamberlain, M.P.
Highbury, Moor Green,

Birmingham, 5th February, 18S3.
Sir,

I beg to acknowledge your letter of the 2nd instant ; and I have to thank you for
your courtesy in sending me a copy of your interesting work on Irish Pedigrees.

Believe me, yours very faithfully,

J. Chamberlain.



21. — Very Bev. Dr. Costello, P.P., Crosimolma.
Dear ]\Ir. OHart,

I read your admirable work with great pleasure. It is a very valuable addition tc
Irish history. Wishing you many years to prosecute works of similar utility,
I remain, truly yours,

Barth. Costello, V.F., and P.P. Crossmolina. ^



23. — Eis Grace, The Most Rev. Dr. Croke, Archbp. of Cashel.
My dear Sir,

I have to thank you for copy of your *' Irish Pedigrees ;" and beg to assure yoi
that I prize the gift very highly, and hope to turn it to good account.

Yours very faithfully,

(Ji T. W. Crokk.



28.— William H. Egle, Esq., M.A., M.D., Harrisburg, Penn. U.S.A.
My dear Sir,

I am in receipt of a copy of " The Irish Pedigrees," and am delighted with th
Volume. What an immense undertaking ! I really wonder at your patience in r€ ;
search ; I have so frequently been disappointed in historical and genealogical works ;

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But with yours I have been highly gratified ; and I do sincerely hope' that your research,
your zeal and your antiquarian industry may receive the reward you justly merit. . .
I intended simply to acknowledge the receipt of your valuable work, and to say to you
how interesting it is and will be to me for reference in my genealogical researches.
With very kind wishes,

I remain sincerely yours,

William H. Egle, M.D.,

Editor of " Notes and Queries''



29.— James Henry Fay, Esq., J. P.
Dear Mr. O'Hart,

I have just received the copy of your work, which you were so kind as to send me.
I find it eminently interesting, from the numbers of the " living present" you have
contrived to connect with the " dead past," and its long-faded glories.

Yours very faithfully,

James Henry Fay.



30. — Sir Samuel Ferguson, LL.D., Q.C.

Deputy Keeper of the Public Records in Ireland ; and President of the P.I. A.

Public Record Office, Ireland,
12th December, 1881.
Dear Sir,

I am much obliged for the handsome volume you have been good enough to send
me. It contains a great variety of interesting matter, and does much credit to your
industry.

Very faithfully yours,

Saml. Ferguson.



32. — Professor Geddes, U/nversity of Aberdeen.
The work contains a large amount of information on the genealogies of the Gael.



33.— The Pir/ht Hon. William Ewart Gladstone, M.P.
Sir,

1 beg to acknowledge with mauy thanks your courtesy in sending me a copy of
your interesting work on " Irish Pedigrees."

Your faithful and obedient servant,

W. E. Gladstone.



35. — General Grant, late President, United States, America.

Dear Sir,

I am directed by General Grant to acknowledge the receipt of your work on

" Irish Pedigrees," to thank you for your kindness to him, and to say that he values

highly the compliment you have paid him.

Yours truly,

John Russell Young.



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36.— i?ef. James Grayed, Secretary of the Boy. Hist, and Arcli. Association

of Ireland.
Dear Sir,

I have to acknowledge the receipt of your " Irish Pedigrees" for the Association.
It shall be duly presented at the next Meeting. I congratulate you on the progress of
this most valuable work.

Yours very faithfully,

James Graves.



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41 — President Hayes, United States, America.
Dear, Sir,

I beg you to receive my thanks for your valuable work— a copy of your " Irish
Pedigrees."

Sincerely,

Pw. B. Hayes.



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49.— Henry Murray Lane, Esq., Chester Eerald.
Dear Sir,

I beg to acknowledge your kind letter and the safe arrival of your very interestin
volumes. With kind regards,

Very faithfully yours, ■

Henry Murray Lane,

Chester Herald, j



50. — His Grace The Duke of Leinster.

The work appears to be most carefully compiled, and will be of much use
tracing the descents of Irish families.



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60. — St. Patrick^s Public Library, Dublin,
Dear Sir,

On behalf of this Library, I have to acknowledge the recei])t of, and to thank yott
for your donation : " Irish Pedigrees ;" which must be regarded as a very valuable
addition to the historical Literature of Ireland, and which by your restoration of the;
Irish Orthography has also a philological value.

Believe me to remain faithfully yours,

PiOBERT Travers, Assistant Libraria\




G4.— Eis Eminence, Cardinal MacCabe.

4 Rutland-square, East, Dublin, 12th Jan. , 1
My dear Sir,

I must apologise for a mistake, in consequence of which your letter and the boo!
of *' Irish Pedigrees" you sent me some time ago have remained so long without bein^



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acknowledged. Will you kindly send me a second copy, and let me know the price
of the book.

Faithfully yours,

>ij< E. MacCabe.



65.— Daniel MacCarthy, Esq.; Author of " T/w Life and Letters of Florence

MacCarthy Mor.
Dear Sir,

I will feel obliged if you will place my name on your List of Subscribers to your
forthcoming Volume of "Irish Pedigrees." I take the liberty of requesting your
acceptance— as a fellow excursionist into the same paths of Irish genealogical litera-
ture — of a Volume of Pedigrees, of the correctness of which, no one better than your-
self can judge.

I am, dear sir,

Vour most obedient,

D. MacCarthy {Glas).

67.— Mis Graee, The Most PvEv. Dr. MacEvilly, Archb. of Tuam.

Tuam, 19th November, 1883.
My dear Sir,

Will you excuse the delay unavoidable on my part in acknowledging your kind
letter. I beg to thank you most sincerely for the copy of your valuable Book on Irish
Pedigrees, which reached me in due course. I have read it here and there, and like it
very much. I shall, please God, when I have some spare time, read it through.

Very faithfully yours,

»|t John MacEvilly.



71. — Eis Eminence^ Cardinal Manning.
Dear Sir,

I thank you much for your kindness in sending me your Book on the Irish
Pedigrees, and I am rejoiced to see that I may claim kindred with your faithful race.

Hitherto I have been afraid that you would count me among the Saxons of

Henry II. ; for the name is a tribal name of the Frisians, and is settled in Sussex,
Kent, and Norfolk. I am glad, however, to know that it is, like the name " Catholic,"
a bond with Old Ireland.

Believe me, dear sir, yours faithfully,

»ij< Henry E., Card. Archbp. of Westminster.



72.— Her Grace, The Duchess of Marlborofgh.
A work of great interest and research.



74.— Frank V. McDonald, Esq., Harvard University, Camlruhje, Massachmetts,
United States, America.
Esteemed Sir,

.... I hasten to return my most sincere thanks for the present of your two
valuable works. . . While so many others have been labouring with great ability

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and indefatigable patience to bolster up a more or less unworthy aristocracy, and to
tickle the vanity of a favored few, you have made it your constant study to place
within the reach of every Irishman, or his descendants — of the humble as well as th
lordly— a Genealogical Tree, from some one of whose branches all could visibly an
tangibly see their dependence. This attempt to give to a whole nation or a people an!
individual family history seems to me one of the grandest efforts of the age. But, not
in this respect alone have your labours been praiseworthy ; for, the materials which you
have had to work over in so many different and conflicting sources, were, for many
obvious reasons, inaccessible to the masses and to even a majority of students ; so that
your bringing these data within easy reach and within the ready comprehension of all
minds, has advanced by no small degree the labours of every fellow-worker iu the field
of history. To me who have a very slight knowledge of the Gaelic ; who am in a v
foreign country, remote from the authorities, and who, by reason of few books on the |
subject and their high price, am with few of the means needed for this kind of inquiry i
your investigations have been especially valuable. . . . With the best wishes for |
yonr success in your gigantic labour of love, I subscribe myself, I

Yours most respectfully,

Frank V. McDonald.



75. — Geoege S. McKiernan, Esq., Kentuclcy, U.S.A.

My dear Sir,

I am in receipt of your favour of the 11th instant, together with a copy of the
Second Series of your " L'ish Pedigrees." From a hasty glance over this volume I am
well satisfied that it contains information of great value, much of which would have
perished but for your assiduous efforts to preserve it in book form. I trust that you
will be fully remunerated for your labour and expenses ; though I confess that the
brevity of your Subscription List is not very encouraging. What has become of all
the Irishmen who were wont to utter the most extravagant expressions of love for the
" Ould Land," and everthing connected with it ? Still I repeat the hope that you will ^
not be left to bear any part of the cost of publication yourself. With my best wishes
for your health, happiness, and success generally, I remain,

Yours most sincerely,

Geo. S. McKiernan.



76. — Bev. Da's^d B. Mulcahy, Doivn and Connor.

Baile na faitche (Ballynafeagh),
Beulfeirsde (Belfast),
19, Bealltinne (May), 1878.
A Charad Dhile,

Go g-cuireaigh Dia an rath agus an scan ort fein agus air d'obair.

Do charad dhilis,

Dabhidh O'Maolcathuigh.



77.— Thomas Nedley, Esq.^ M.D., Dublin.
Dear Sir,

I am grateful for the compliment you have paid me by presenting me with your
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your labours are held by the best of our philologists and archaeologists ; aud, thanking
you for your great kindness, remain,

Yours faithfully,

Thomas Nedley.

Again :

4, Cavendish Row,

Dublin, 4th April, 1882.

Dear Mr. O'Hart,

I thank you most heartily for your presentation copy of your charming and

learned Book of Irish Pedigrees. Years ago I read the first edition with pleasure and

intellectual profit ; but the stores it contains of new historic, biographic, and archaeo-

logic lore will be new delightful food for many a day to come.

With deep gratitude, believe me,

Yours very faithfully,

Thomas Nedlky.



78.— William H. Newell, Esq., C.B., LL.D.
I am much obliged for your copy of "Irish Pedigrees," which is full of interest,
and may fairly be termed a handbook to Irish Genealogies. The extracts in the
Appendix are most instructive.



79.— JoHX Nolan, Esq.^ Edinburgh.

13, Randolph Crescent,

Edinburgh, 27th November, 1883.
My dear Mr. O'Hart,

Will you do me the favour to accept the enclosed in addition to my former sub-
scription. If I were a man of means it would be fifty times as much. If there be a
man who bears an Irish name and fails to recognise the Claim the Author of " Iri^h
Pedigrees" has upon his gratitude and generosity, all I can say is that I am sorry for
his Patriotism ! For your labours, generations yet unborn will be your debtors ; for
your " Pedigrees" have filled a vacuum in Irish Literature.

I am, my dear Mr. O'Hart,

Incurs faithfully,

John Nolan.



80.— His Grace The Duke of Norfolk.

Norfolk House, St. James's Square, S.W.,

London, lUth December, 1381,
My Dear Sir,

I beg to thank you very much indeed for your kind present just received. It is
very good of you to think of sending me your Book, and I am very much obliged
to you.

Believe me,

Yours very faithfully,
John O'Hart, Esq. Norfolk.



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SI. — The Most REy. Dr. Nulty, Catholic Bishop of Meath.

My dear Sir,

I have been so "driven about" through the several districts of the Diocese since
my return from Rome, that I really had not time sooner to acknowledge your most
kind and complimentary letter, and to thank you most heartily for the copy of your

"Irish Pedigrees," which you have been so good as to send me From a

cursory look through the pages of that most valuable work, I think it is a book that,
with a little trouble, ought to command an extensive circulation.

I remain, my dear Sir,

Ever respectfully yours,

»5< Thomas Nultt,



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83. — Lord O'Hagax, Lord Chancellor of Ireland.
Dear Mr. O'Hart,

I have been absent from town, or I should sooner have acknowledged your kind* ')
note, and the interesting and valuable work you have been so good as to send me. I ■"
am much obliged for it ; and although I have only had time to glance through some
portions of it, I have seen enough to recognise the great industry and various research
which it displays ; and I trust it will prove an important contribution to the history
and philology of Ireland. I very sincerely wish to the publication a high and deserved^
success.

I am, dear Sir, faithfully yours,

O'Hagan



84. — Very Rev. SoB.^ Canon O'Hanlon, '2.'?., Sandy mount, M.R.I. A.
Dear Mr. O'Hart,

You seem to have drawn the "Irish Pedigrees" most conscientiously and
researchf ully from the very best sources. Its arrangement is most judiciously planned,
and you have admirably contrived to render an abstruse subject both readable and
intelligible. . . .



81.— The r^??. Archdeacon O'Rorke, D.D.j P.P., Collooney ; M.R.LA.
My dear Mr. O'Hart,

I have to thank you for your beautiful and learned volume. The production of,
such a book must have cost you a world of labour and thought. Wishing you health
to continue your learned labours, and hoping the work will have the extensive circula
tion it deserves,

I am, my dear Mr. O'Hart,

Yours faithfully and obliged,

T. O'RORKE.



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88.— jRey. John O'Rourke, P.P., Maynooth ; M.R.LA.
i hope the sale to the general public will be such as to give you some reward f(^
your great and patriotic labours.



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90.— Major Richard Oulahan, Washington^ D.C.^ U.S. A,
)ear Me. O'Hart,

I have just received my copy of your " Irish Pedigrees, for which please accept my
incere thanks. From a hasty glance at it I feel sure it is your crowning glory. May
ou be saved, financially, from loss, for all your labour and patient research.

I am, very faithfully yours,

R. Oulahan.



93. — The Most Rev, Dr. Power, Catholic Bishop of Waterford.

)ear Mr. O'Hart,

I beg you will kindly excuse me, not having before now acknowledged the receipt
f your two volumes of "Irish Pedigrees." [need not say that they give a large
mount of interesting information on Irish families. In addition to your great literary
ibours, the publication of the work must have entailed on you a very considerable
xpense. I pray you will permit me to ask you, to accept the small sum enclosed
owards the expenses so incurred.

I remain, dear Mr. O'Hart,

Yours very truly,

»^ John Power.



Qo.— The Marquis of RiroN.
A useful and interesting book of reference.



98. — Rev. John Rvan, P.P., New InUf Co. Tipperary.

)EAR Sir,

I was very much surprised to learn from your most interesting and valuable work
lat our present Queen (Victoria) has a right to boast of having pure Irish blood in
T veins. Well, if she knew the real value of this, as measured by the enlightened
timate of those versed in the knowledge of general history, she would, as she ought,
) very proud of it ; but the poor woman is so surrounded by the putrid atmosphere
anti-Irish prejudice, that a pure untainted Irish scholarly idea cannot reach her
and. Otherwise, she would prize the halo of genuine respectability whicli her Iriah
•ood flings around her. Well, this state of things was always so, from the beginning
; our connexion with England ; and I suppose will be so for many years to come.
Tishing you every success in your great work.

I am, yours very sincerely,

John Ryan, P.P.



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99.— Frederick Ryding, Esq., L.D.S., R.C.S.E.

9 Kildare-street,

Dublin, 31st May, 188:
Dear Mr. O'Hart,

I received your valuable and esteemed gift with great pleasure.
Your Book supplies in my raiad one of the greatest wants of modern tin
historically speaking ; for what is the history of a nation without its people.
Again thanking you for your kind present,

I remain, very truly yours,

F. Rtdinc



101. — The Countess Spencer, late Lady Lieutenant of Ireland.

Lady Spencer's compliments to Mr. O'Hart, and she begs to thank him extren
for the copy of his " Irish Pedigrees," which he has been so good as to send 1 A
Lady Spencer is sure that she will find the " Irish Pedigrees" very interest '
Everything connected with Ireland must always be most interesting to her.



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104 Stephen Tucker, Esq., Somerset Herald.

Herald Office, E.G.,

London, 15th Feb., 188-

Dear Sir,

I beg you to accept my best thanks for the copy of your interesting and curi
Book on Irish Pedigrees.

I am, dear Sir,

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Tucker.

Somerset Ht



105. — J. HoRSFALL Turner, Esq., Idel, Leeds, England.

Dear Sir,

Your two Volumes to hand, and highly prized. The great experience I ha'
in Genealogical Deeds from 1301), prepared me only slightly for the surprise of j
Volumes. It will be some time before I can master the vast quantity of informat
philological, genealogical, and historical, contained in them.

I am, Sir,

Yours respectfully,

J. HoRSFALL TUBNKl



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107. — Lord Waveney.

The Castle, Ballymena,

Co. Antrim, 5th Jan., 1884.
EAR Mr. O'Hart,

Pray accept my best thanks for your valuable volume on Irish Pedigrees, which
,8 just reached me. But I have not had time to look through the work sufficiently to
iserve the general plan ; and am much struck with the minute and doubtless accurate
search which the "Family Stems" exhibit. The portion which will require dis-
tanglement is doubtless where the threads of native, invading, and settler races
came collected into warp and woof. I do not observe, or perhaps have rather
erlooked, notice of the 17th century influx from Scotland, and from independent
btlers from England, who preceded or accompanied in chronological sequence the
cobean Corporations. I think I am fortunate in agreement with you that the
knnals of the Four Masters" are valuable in their simplicity. ... I observe as
the occupation of Ireland you simplify Marcus Keane's and Miss Stokes' theory ;
t who built "Dun Aengus?" I congratulate you on your great work, which is like
lode" in our Irish history.

I am, dear Mr. O'Hart,

Your faithful and obliged,

Waveney.



109. — Sir Albert. W. Woods, Garter King of Arms, London.

College of Arms, London, E.C.,

16th March, 1880.
SAR Sir.

I thank you most sincerely for your kindness in presenting me with a copy of
ur "Irish Pedigrees. I assure you I highly appreciate the gift, not only as a
luable addition to my library, but as a work I shall read with great interest ; and I
$1 assured I shall derive from it considerable genealogical and historical knowledge
d assistance. Again thanking you.

Believe me, dear Sir,

Yours very truly,

Albert W. Woods, Garter.
JoHX O'Hart, Esq.



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110 — Thomas Urry Young, Esq,

Education Office, Dublin,

15th May, 1879.
Dear Sir,

Allow me to return you my best thanks for the " Irish Pedigrees" which yo
have so kindly sent me. It is a very valuable contribution to Irish history ; and wi!
be a book of frequent reference to every Irish student of the past records of hi
country.

Believe me, dear Sir,

Yom's very truly,

Thomas Urry Young



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