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2 Digest of Evidence Taken before Her Majesty's Commissioners of Inquiry into the State of the Law and Practice in Respect to the Occupation of Land in Ireland i (1848)

handle is hein.cow/evherma0002 and id is 1 raw text is: CHAPTER XVII.

Summary of Evidence-Extracts from Evidence, viz.:-GENERAL WITNESsES-Mr.
Purdon, Mode of Government Valuation-Mr. Stopford's Mode of-Dr. Longfield,
Opinions on-Mr. Dymond, on English mode of-Mr. Robertson, Scotch modes of-
Appendix papers on the Government Valuation, by Mr. Griffith-Return of the
Counties in which the Government Valuation has been completed. ULSTER WIT-
NESSES-Mr. Posnatt, Class employed for-Messrs. Brown and O'Hara, Poor Law
Valuation inaccurate-Mr. Noble, Government Valuation not always accurate-Mr.
Morton's mode of-Mr. M'Guire and Mr. Alexander, Valuators seldom competent
-Mr. Dougherty, Government Valuation very accurate-Mr. Johnston, Poor Law
Valuation fraudulent--Mr. Kennedy, Usual mode of, incorrect; Correct system
detailed-Appendix paper, example of accurate-Mr. Andrews, Government Valu-
ation sometimes in error-Mr. Hamilton, Mode of, on Lord Erne's estate-Mr. Love,
Mode of. MUNSTER WITNESSES-Mr. Cullinan's Mode of-Sir William Beecher,
Poor Law Valuation ridiculously low-Lieut.-Colonel Burke, Poor Law Valuation
hurriedly made-Lord Mounteashel's Mode of-Mr. Wiggin's Mode of-Mr. Butler's
Mode of. LEINSTER WITNESSES-Mr. Wilson's mode of-Mr. Leckey's mode of-
Mr. Garvey's Mode of-Mr. Fitzpatrick's Mode of.
THE valuation of land in Ireland, whether with a view to
public assessment or to the framing of bargains between the
owners and the occupiers of land, is certainly one of the most
important subjects affecting the interests of all classes in the
'community, because it must be the principal regulator of all
our social arrangements.
If the basis adopted were sound, uniform, and generally
understood, there could be no confusion or misapprehension
as to the claims or rights of the classes or parties interested;
and the acknowledged existence of such confusion is in itself
a sufficient proof that there must have been something very
defective indeed in the practice generally adopted heretofore.
The satisfactory valuation of land does not consist in merely
fixing the yearly price which a tenant is to pay for each acre
of his farm. It depends upon being able to prove, by minute
details, to both the parties interested, that that price is the
right one, under all the circumstances of the case; and that
in fixing it their respective rights have been strictly protected.

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