5 NOVEMBER 1881, Page 12


I TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIK,—Seeing in the Spectator, which I receive and read weekly, some short time since, an interesting article on the growth of tobacco in Ireland, and the encouragement of it, I beg to send you one leaf from my little stock, grown by my son in a small plot near my glebe house. It is 18 inches long and 101 inches broad. I do believe, were the prohibition to its culture re- moved, it, being a plant peculiarly suited to our damp climate, would bring a large profit to the farmers of our unhappy coun- try. The difficulties of drying properly, the Government duty, &c., would, no doubt, be a question of thought, time, and inven- tion, but such as would be sure to yield to perseverance and

Enniskeen Rectory, Kingscourt, Ireland, October 2711i.

[We are not experts in the subject, but the leaf sent strikes us as fine tobacco, much less coarse than that of Bengal, and with a delicate aroma.—En. Spectator.]