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Gort – 1848

THE POTATO ROT

"Late blight on potato leaf 2" by Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, United States - Wikimedia Commons -

“Late blight on potato leaf 2” by Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, United States – Wikimedia Commons –

THE Argus 26th December 1848 p4

From Gort, in Galway, about July 29, the reports were favourable, but recent returns show that on the 6th August a general failure of the crop was anticipated, the fields were black, but at that time it had not generally destroyed the Potato; on the 10th, however, matters were much worse, and opinions were entertained that it would be desirable to consume what Potatoes were sound, while they remained so, “for the blight was extending.”

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