German Travel Writers’ Narratives on Ireland from Before the 1798 Rising to After the Great Famine- Texts Edited, Translated and Annotated by Eoin Bourke
Edited By Eoin Bourke
21 Anton Schütte (1845)
The author of a series of five articles that appeared in the Augsburger Allge- meine Zeitung in May 1847 under the title Journey to Derrynane and a Visit to Daniel O’Connell gave his name as Dr. A. Schütte. Brigitte Anton suggests that the person in question was Anton Schütte (1817-1867), a Westphalian liberal republican and highly admired public speaker who two years after his visit to Ireland went to Vienna, where he was considered a very dangerous influence “because he kept haranguing the workers on liberty” [Robinson: 1967, 224, fn. 8]. But to excite suspicion in Germany and Austria it was quite enough to be a proponent of O’Connell’s Repeal Movement, even in Catholic territories. As Peter Alter has written: The mention of O’Connell’s name alone was enough to conjure up visions of effective opposition or even threats to the existing state among both people and govern- ments. Among the majority of the people, O’Connell’s name evoked acclamation; among the governments, unease and occasionally exaggerated reactions. (Alter 1991, 116) Schütte was to become involved in the Viennese October Revolution of 1848 as a campaigner for parliamentary democracy, for which he was expelled from Vienna. For his participation in 1849 in a Czech attempt to stage a revol- ution for independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire he was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment but broke out of jail and escaped to the USA, where he spent the rest of his life and fought on the side of the Union...
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