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City Leaders Meet at Faneuil Hall to Discuss Famine Crisis in Ireland, February 18, 1847

"When the full extent of Ireland's potato crop failure became known in Boston, both the Irish and the Yankee Community spring into action.  On February 7, 1847 Bishop John Fitzpatrick gave an emotionally-charged sermon from the pulpit of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Parish priests followed suit.  By the end of the month the Boston Archdiocese had raised $20,000 for Ireland.  Workmen were sending in $5 bills and school children were giving over their paltry savings for this urgent desperate cause. "On February 18, 1847, Boston 's city officials and business leaders held a meeting at Faneuil Hall to discuss the growing crisis of the famine in Ireland .  Over 4,000 people attended. "Harvard President Edward Everett and Boston Mayor Josiah Quincy, Jr ., along with the city's leading merchants, made a passionate appeal to aid the starving people of Ireland .  They formedd the New England Relief Committee, which raised more than $150,000 in th