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See also Peter Gray, Nassau Senior, the Edinburgh Review and Ireland 1843-49, in Tadhg Foley and Seán Ryder, Ideology and Ireland in the Nineteenth Century (Dublin: Four Courts Press 1998), p.130-42; G. K. Peatling, Who fears to speak of politics?: John Kells Ingram and Hypothetical Nationalism, in Irish Historical Studies, Vol. XXXI, No. 122 (November 1998) [q.pp.].
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Very Rev. Canon Murphy, DD, PP, Pres. of Maynooth, Two Irish Parliaments: A Contrast (CTS 1909, 32pp.) pillories inter al. Dr. Ingrams Two Chapters of Irish History as an intending to prove that Jamess Parliament was an assembly of brigands without sense of justice or humanity.
Joseph Lee, The Modernisation of Irish Society, 1973, p.24, In 1864 Professor John Kells Ingram, one of the most luminous Irish intellects of his generation, proposed the introduction of outdoor relief, on the model of the English Poor Law, on the fatuous assumption that this would encourage the Irish small farmer to surrender his holding and become a day labourer, secure in the knowledge that the revised poor law would help him keep body and soul together during his periods of unemployment as a labourer! Ingram devoted intense study to the functioning of the English poor law without it apparently occuring to him to acquaint himself with the attitude of Irish small farmers.
Dominic Daly, The Young Douglas Hyde (1974), Admitting the authorship of Memory of the Dead (Nation, 1 Apr 1843) in his 1900 ed., Sonnets and other Poems J. K. Ingram wrote that it was his only contribution to the journal, and that he is reprinting it, though different in character from the rest of the collection, since some people affect to believe that he is ashamed of having written it. Those who know me need not be told that this idea is without foundation. I think the Irish race should be grateful to the men who in other times, however mistaken may have been their policy, gave their lives for their country. But I have nosympathy with those who preach sedition in our own day when all the circumstances are radically altered.In my opinion no real popular interest can be furthered by violence. [Chap. IV; n.6, p.209]
Cyril Pearl, Three Lives of Charles Gavan Duffy (Dublin OBrien Press 1979), tells that Charles Gavan Duffy sent Ingram a copy of My Life in Two Hemispheres (1898), and received the a comment: Intellectually they [the Irish] appear in it incapable of discerning character [...] and morally, very deficient in steadiness of purpose, and prone to discord and division. Critics from without have always attributed thjese failings to them, and it would seem not without good ground [...] (Pearl, op. cit, p.29). Pearl further quotes Ingram on the approaching hostilities in S. Africa: I am still hopeful that in spite of appearances the mad and wicked war with which we have been threatened will be prevented. (ibid., p.230.)
W. B. Stanford, Ireland and the Classical Tradition (IAP 1976; 1984), JK Ingram, in Hermathena i (1874), p. 409, a brief appreciation of Ferrars work by his successor as comparative philologist in TCD, mention the influence of a local German scholar, Prof. R. Siegfried. Ingram argues for comparative grammar as a kind of master subject in advance of classical instruction. For Ingramss own work see the obit. in TCD, A College Miscellany for 8 May 1907, and Classical Review (1887), p.116.
Tadhg Foley, Praties, Professors, and Political Economy (Irish Reporter, Third Quarter 1995), pp.6-7, By the end of the 1850s, even its [political economy] most doughty defenders such as Neilson hancock were submitting it to a vigorous moral critique, a process of historicising which culminated in the work of two notable Irish practitioners, Cliff Leslie and John Kells Ingram who became the leading proponents of the historical school in the English-speaking world.//A newer version of political economy, suitable to Irish conditions, hospitable to state intervention, small-scale agriculture, and tended to be opposed to the commodification of land, to contract, and to the sanctification of the market ... was prpoagated in different was by Leslie, Ingram, and others as well as by Cairnes. By the 1881 Irish Land Act, Matthew Arnold was abble to write that a radical change had come about, a divided ownership had been established, full of political consequences wich disturbed the accepted and ordinary constitutive characters of property.//The Irish Famine played no small part in the Copernican revolution. (p.7)
J. F. Deane calls John Kells Ingrams Utinam Viderem the first Irish poem to urge a complete humanism [...] from a sonnet sequence stirred by the positivism of Auguste Comte (Deane, ed., Irish Poetry of Faith and Doubt, Wolfhound Press 1991, Introduction, p.12.)
Thomas A. Boylan & Timothy P. Foley, Political Economy and Colonial Ireland, the Propagation and Ideological Function of Economic Discourses in the 19th Century (London: Routledge 1992), p.190, report that Kettle remarked on the methodological disciple of Ingrams National Economics, speaking of the identity of human reality behind the poem Who Fears to Speak?, as well as Ingrams methodological admonition [sic, Kettle] of the English political economy, for, as always, Ingram voiced the revolt of the small nations against the Czardom, scientific, and political, of the great (quoted from The Days Burden, Talbot 1937, p.138).
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Brian McKenna, Irish Literature, 1800-1875: A Guide to Information Sources (Detroit: Gale Research Co. 1978) cites Thomas W. Lyster, W. K. Ingram: A Bibliography (Dublin: Cumann na Leabharlann 1907-08), p. 203.
Seamus Deane, gen. ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day 1991), Vol. 1, p.1288: Ingram met Carlyle in 1849 and travelled to France to meet Comte in 1855 and declared himself a Comtean positivist, later editing selection of Auguste Comtes letters; fnd Statistical Soc. of Ireland [with Whateley], and sometime Pres. RIA; articles in 9th ed. of Encyclopaedia Britannica and Palgraves Dict. Political Economy; first English trans. of Thomas a Kempiss Imitation of Christ (1892) from Cambridge MSS; d. in Dublin [1299-1300]. DIL cites Sonnets and Other Poems (London: A & C Black 1900).
Belfast Public Library holds C. L. Faulkner, Memoir of JKI, LL.D. (1907); Sonnets and other Poems (1900). Belfast Linenhall Library holds Memoir of John Kells Ingram, by C. L[itton] Falkiner; Bibliography of his works complied for Cumann na Leabharlann (Dublin 1907-08) [This work by Thomas W. Lyster (See McKenna, Irish Lit., 1978, p. 203)].
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Thomas Carlyle knew J. K. Ingram to be author of True men like you men, a Repeal song [sic], but evidently meant Who Fears to Speak ... (See Carlyle, and FDA, supra.)
Portrait: There is a portrait of J. K. Ingram by Sarah Purser. See Anne Crookshank, ed. & intro., An Exhibition of Portraits of Great Irish Men and Women (1965).
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