The following excerpt is from the March 14, 2013 edition of RTE News/Ireland:

One of Ireland’s most extraordinary historic documents, the 420-metre long Morpeth Roll, has been digitised and is being made available online as part of a collaborative project between NUI Maynooth, Castle Howard in Yorkshire and Ancestry.com.

The unique testimonial document, on 652 pieces of paper, was signed by over 160,000 people across Ireland in 1841.

It was a parting gift for George Howard, the Lord Viscount Morpeth, when he left his post as Chief Secretary for Ireland.

It was a rare tribute to an English administrator, who was held in high regard in Ireland from all levels of society.

It read: “We assure Your Lordship that the warmest Good Wishes of our Country will ever Accompany You, in Your Future Progress through Life.”

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