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hazard any very decisive assertion on dominant religion of any part of the their credit. But one argument against kingdom, I am quite sure there would them I know to be fallacious. It is not be a word against what is modesta said that they are useless, and not re- ly called Catholic claims, spoken by quired in England or Scotland, and one of us in or out of Parliament. No therefore not in Ireland. Negatur man of common sense could imagine conclusio. I deny the ergo. The state that a general would betray his duty, of society here is not like that in the because he believed in the infallibility sister island. God forbid it should of the Pope, or any other old woman; We have our angry politics, to be sure, or that a judge would violate the laws but are not living in the middle of a he was administering, for the same Jacqueric, in spite of the exertions of reason; and as for Parliament, you Hunt, Watson, or the late Queen and know, North, what my opinion always her advocates, to get up one. What, has been on that point. I never feared therefore, may be altogether unneces- the efforts of any demagogue fellow sary here, may be called for in Ire- within those walls. I sincerely rejoiland. Even if useless there also, we ced in the election of Waithman, for may easily pardon those, who, seeing instance, for I knew the Midas ears, their friends massacred unprotectedly which were taken by the jobbernowl. all round them, adopt means of draw- ed corporators for horns of offence, ing together people to oppose such powerful as those of the bulls of Bao operations. Denman, at this dinner, shan to batter down borough-mongery, was quite absurd in his remarks on would be found out in half an hour, the Irish Insurrection Act. It is very when brought into company with the easy for a gentleman, strongly en- flower of England's gentlemen; and, trenched over a bowl of cold punch, accordingly, it was soon discovered, or a bottle of claret, in a quiet orderly that he was, as Cobbett called him, a city, among a knot of people, who, water bladder, from which nothing though Whigs, are in a great degree could come, because nothing was in it. civilized, to talk about the severities So would it be with O'Connell and of a law imperiously required; but if his compeers. A sentence from CanMr Denman will take a house in Kilo ning would dispose of the first dozen dorrery, or thereabouts, and have the of them for life. Tragedy-man Shiel audacity to expect rents for his ground, would sit down in happy obscurity he will, before the moon has changed, with Comedy-man Twiss. Fingals alter his opinion, and call lustily for and Frenches, and the other sage any enactment that will keep the nobility, would range with the Albehouse over his head. I should be marles, the Nugents, and the rest of sorry indeed that such laws were put the rubbish of the House of Lords. It in force among our quiet hills on the always makes me laugh when I think Border ; but there is a very different of such people sitting in the same order of things going on in Duhal- house with Eldon, or Stowell, or Liver

pool, or Wellington; ay, or even thereNor am I giving my opinion against mains of Erskine, * dilapidated as they Roman Catholic emancipation. I hope are. Byt I fear that these concessions and trust the time will come, when would only pave the way to the demand the privileges and immunities of the of Roman Catholic ascendancy in Irestate will be open to all; but I hope land. I know it is an object earnestly and trust also, that those privileges desired by some of their velvet-pawed and immunities will never be opened to petitioners to Parliament. Look, for any one who will make use of them to example, at the amazing insolence of wage war on the glorious institutions the language addressed daily by priestof the country. If we could be satis- lings in Ireland, to that great theolofied that the Roman Catholic priest- gian, and most exemplary man, the hood would be content to remain in Archbishop of Dublin, and you canobedience to the laws of the land to not doubt the fact. And if we admit subnit, as every other sectarian body the arguments now relied on to be submits, to the paramount authority valid, we cannot resist it. If the simof the Established Church, and make ple fact, that a barbarous people outno efforts to put themselves up as the numbers the intellect of Ireland, be

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sufficient reason for our giving up one heresy will be extirpated, with violent of the bulwarks of the Constitution, the punishment and slaughter, all over

, same will hold equally strong for our the world. This piece of bigot stupisurrendering any other which it pleases dity, forgotten everywhere else, is fully

, them to demand. They can always believed by the low Irish. The book, plead the millions, and the disturbed printed on common paper, is circulastate of the country, which the priest- ted industriously among them in thouhood can always provide as an ever sands, at a price barely sufficient to ready argument.

cover the cost of publication. Extracts The late miracles of Prince Hohen- of the most piquant parts are publishlohe have, in some degree, opened the ed arately-halfpenny brochures eyes of the British public to the intel- of that particular prophecy, are hawklectual value of the millions of Roman ed about the streets-and it is one of . Catholic Ireland. We have seen peo- the stimulants which keeps the whiteple, calling themselves Bishops and boys in full operation. The whole Archbishops, writing pastoral letters, country is full of holy wells, holy vouching the authenticity of the mi- stones, holy caves, holy waters, holy raculous powers of this High German oils, holy bones,--all visited, or used, impostor--we have thousands of be- by devout pilgrims of the same cast of sotted creatures supplicating him for understanding as the worshippers of restoration of hands, and eyes, and Juggernaut. And these are the milspeech, and everything but what they lions whom we oppress by restrainwant most, brains. We have, proh ing, as a precautionary measure, their pudor ! newspapers filled with de- leading people from situations of high tails of their grovelling superstitions authority! and newspaper editors frontless But here comes the argument which enough to advocate them. Nay, Mr will be undoubtedly thrown in my North, this very Lawless himself, who face :—“You have first brutalized the was ashamed not to join in the ex- people by misgovernment, and pression of contempt for the imposi- now abusing them for what is only tion, while speeching in Glasgow, had attributable to yourselves.” On bewhat, if it had happened elsewhere, half of the Tories I strenuously deny I should have called the incredible the fact. I am not a very sincere bem audacity, or stupidity, to print a de- liever in the doctrine that ill governfence of that imposition in his Irish ment is the great agent in brutalizing newspaper, and the brazen forehead to

any people ; but, supposing it true, call on the manly understanding of our withers are unwrung..

The Protestant Ulster to prostrate itself in Whigs enacted the penal code-the belief. But those who have long and Whigs passed the laws pricing the carefully turned their attention to head of a priest, and prohibiting a PaIrish affairs, did not need this addi- pist to ride on a horse worth five tional instance of the mental degra- pounds. When the Tories came into dation of the sister island. With cha- power, they relaxed these laws; and, racteristic esprit de corps, Sir R. Phil- sorry am I to say, they have been lips finds the cause of the success of treated with great ingratitude. Their Hohenlohe in the fact, that in eleven attachment to the Church of England counties out of thirty-two, there is no renders them more obnoxious to the bookseller's shop in that country; a Roman Catholics than the Whigs, circumstance that strikes the worthy who, oppressive as they were, are ac, bibliopole as being awfully atrocious. knowledged foes to the church, and, on Had he looked a little deeper, he would account of that hatred, popular with have found that the want of booksel. its enemies. But let not Brougham lers is an effect, not a cause, an effect or Denman lay the flattering unction of the gross ignorance of the popula- to their souls, that their protegés fortion. That same ignorance makes get who it is to whom they owe the them swallow mock-miracles, and lis- code which they clamour against. I ten open-mouthed to bloody prophe- shall quote the very man who was cies. Pastorini (Dr Walmerly, an buttering them at this dinner. Law. English Catholic ỏicar Apostolic, who less, when a roaring member of that wrote a commentary on the Apocalypse blatant beast, the Catholic Board of some fifty years ago, under that name,) Dublin, wrote a stupid book which he has declared, that, in the year 1825, thought fit to call a compendium of

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Irish History. It is an insane diatribe hand and foot. The Roman Catholic against England, hatred against which ecclesiastics regarded it as a licence for country he carries so far as to murder a saturnalia of insolent slander on the its language, and mangle its ortho- church. The bawling of the demagraphy with merciless perseverance. gogue barristers, pleading for the cause It, however, is really a pretty fair pic- of Erin, through patriotic pun, and ture of Roman Catholic feeling. What, desire to get puffed into business, bethen, does this gentleman say of the came ten times more rabid and acri. enactors of the penal code ? “ Had monious. If the Protestants gave any Austria," quoth the historian, symptoms of life, an outcry was raised Spain, interfered for the Catholics, the that they were acting in opposition to friends of religious liberty, Cobserve the wishes of our beloved King," the sneer,] the friends of religious li- by men who had illuminated their berty in England, the Whits of Eng- houses in triumph for the escape of land, would have been slow in giving the unhappy Queen, and whose whole to the British Monarch the necessary lives had been occupied with venting supplies to support him in his favour- merciless slanders against his father ite object. They [the Whigs] re- and himself. If they remained quiesquired, as the condition of their zeal in cent, a jubilant shout was raised that his support, full and uncontrolled per- they, thank Heaven ! were at last mission TO TORTURE THE IRISH CA- cowed into submission, never to arise THOLICS.”—Lawless's Ireland, p. 484. again. Then the proceedings against There, Mr Brougham, there is your the people concerned in the dirty playfriend' Lawless's recorded opinion of house-riot-the blowing up'a gallerythe services conferred on the Roman row into a capital crime-the vindicCatholics by the Whigs; and I can tive thirsting after the blood of the assure you that such is the feeling of rioters--the venomous speeches--the the whole body. If the penal code, insult to juries the whole ex officio then, has done mischief, we know who business, to which there has been no is to blame. We are endeavouring to approximation since the days of Jefremedy that mischief as well as we can, feries, and which have transferred his but we are not quite certain that we mantle over the shoulders of Plunkett would be warranted in putting the -were construed into a following up weapons of civilization into the hands

of a system of warfare against the of people, who would, in all human Protestants, and the theory was comprobability, use them for the purpose pleted, which held that Catholicity of fighting the battles of barbarism. was to enjoy a speedy and a bloody Convince us that there is no danger of triumph in Ireland. that, and our opposition is over in a But how is all this to end? Is there moment.

never to be peace in that unhappy isLawless talked nonsense about the land ? I must decline hazarding any King's visit to Ireland, in the usual answer to that question just now. The style of the orators of his party. These skein of Irish politics is too ravelled to precious fellows have taken it into be untwisted by me in a hasty review their head, that, because the King re- of the shallow prate of a shallow spou. commended harmony in the country, ter over his second bottle. Besides, I there was to be an end of all Protes- think you told me that you had a setant feeling--that the factious press ries of papers either in esse or posse, was to be let loose in full tilt against on Irish affairs exclusively, written all the institutions of the land-that by one of the cleverest men in that corporations were to be abolished country and to him I leave it. Certhat the Protestant clergy should not tain I am, that, as long as the mass of preach Protestantism—that no tythe the population continues in its prewas to be paid—that churches were to sent state of degrading ignorance, no be defiled, and churchyards intruded granting of Emancipation will be folon, with complete impunity. The con- lowed by quiet.

How this ignorance ciliation recommended was, with true is to be conquered, is a question of imIrish perspicuity, discovered to be a portance. It is very easy to say,

reciprocity all on one side.” The Educate Educate,”—very easy inWhiteboys considered it as a token, deed to say it; but when we have the that the gentry were to be delivered veto of the priests against it, it is not over to their tender mercies, bound quite so easy to put your proposal in

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to effect. He will honestly tell you me the most minute details;" and with that he fears proselytism would be the their consent, he adds, he entered into consequence, and throws coolly into some negotiation with the Lord Lieu, the fire any book denounced in his tenant. On certain conditions pardon Index Expurgaterius. I beg leave to was offered to the murderous miscreask Mr Lawless, is this fact cr fica ants; and will it be believed—“ the tion? What must be thought of this conditions put it out of my power to state of society? What would be said act without betraying the confidence in England, if any Rector, Vicar, or reposed in me !!” There is a state of Prebend of the pack, were to walk Society! What would have been said into the house of a parishioner, and here to any clergyman of any sect, lay violent hands on any tract or any who could venture on such a course of book obnoxious to his ideas of ortho- proceeding? doxy? I rather think his reverence These, however, are facts kept out would be saluted by the roughest but of sight by the Whig reasoners, on most convincing of arguments, that this side of the water, through ignohe had made a mistake. It is an every rance chiefly; by those from Ireland, day occurrence in Ireland. But, in- out of dishonesty. But I have wasted deed, to compare Great Britain and too much time on such a man as Law. Ireland in this respect, is truly absurd. less. I shall proceed after observing, I beg leave to ask Mr Lawless, who that in these remarks on the unhapspouts in favour of civil liberty, and py system of things in Ireland, I mean total abhorrence of oppression of all no personal offence to any man. I am kinds, whether, if it so pleased a priest ready to acknowledge that men of tato exercise his horse-whip on the lent, of virtue, of learning, of the shoulders of his congregation, male kindest hearts and the clearest heads, and female, one of them would dare are to be found among the Irish Cato resist? Does he not know, that de- tholics, lay and ecclesiastic; but the nouncing from altars, and threaten- argument as to the millions, as long ing ecclesiastical pains, is a very usual as the millions remain as they are, I mode of keeping the refractory in scout. Of one thing I am certain, that order ? Does he not know, that the the Protestants of Ireland have a priesthood claims the privilege of re- strong claim to our support. It is fusing to give testimony even in cases laughable to hear such men as this of the most wanton murders, of which poor tavern spouter accusing them of they may happen to be eye-witnesses disloyalty—them who have stuck by -Mr L. will know the peculiar case I the cause of England and of Europe, allude to-for fear of lessening their through good report and evil. But influence over the murderers ? By there is an immensity of mushroom mere accident, while writing this, a file loyalty in Ireland, as far as the mouth of American newspapers came into my is concerned. There are men there, hands, in one of which I perceive a who, as Mr J. North said, in his admiletter from a Romish Bishop in Ame- rable speech on the trial of the bottlerica-an Irishman-who is endea- and-rattle conspirators, who “ ima-' vouring to palliate the enormities of gine they can compensate for the turhis countrymen. In this letter the bulence of one day by the crawling writer asserts, that, from having been sycophancy of the next;" a crawling chaplain to a jail, he had excellent sycophancy, displayed in pretending to opportunities of knowing the designs honour the King, and covering with of the insurgents. “ I enjoyed their abuse those to whom we must look, as confidence,” he says;

« from them I we have looked, for the continuation of received all the information which the connection of the countries under could be given me-I was enabled by his sceptre. their instructions to see and converse Transeant Hiberni. Let me get out with their leaders-these leaders gave of the bogs.

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MR BLAQUIBRE'S REPORT ON GREECE, &c. &c. The“Greek Committee” have just the propriety of sending

Congreve done us the honour to send us this rockets,". spherical case-shot," " skillittle pamphlet, which, we are con- ful partizans," and other " acceptable strained to say, furnishes as little in- offerings to the struggling Greeks.” formation as any work of the same di- We have this Committee sending out mensions we have happened to meet Mr Blaquiere as a sort of ambassador with. We have not time at present of theirs to Greece; and we have this to enter fully into the most important Committee sending forth pamphlet on subject to which, such as it is, it re-, pamphlet to convince

“ the clergy, lates; but shall throw out a few hints Go the matrons and young ladies," and notwithstanding.

“ all the friends of liberty and ChrisAnd, first of all, we are sorry to see tianity,” that it is their most imperathe cause of Greece in these hands. tive duty to give money to the Greek This Mr Blaquiere may be a most re- Committee, in order that the Greek spectable and well-intentioned gentle- Committee may give it to the “ Greek man; but he must know that his name Government” to pay their troops, conhas been connected with other revo- duct their campaigns, and beat the lutionary matters, in a way that can- Turks. not fail to throw some suspicion on What is this but a carrying on of any proceedings of which he is the war against an ally of England, by great advocate and instrument. His these subjects of the English crown? name was considerably mixed up with -What right have these individuals the absurdities of the Neapolitan af- so to do? If the Irish Liberals were to fair, for example; and, in one word, rebel to-morrow, murder Archbishop without wishing to insinuate anything Magee and sack Dublin, there can be like a charge of serious mischief, he is no doubt that many

“ Irish Commituniversally considered as a partisan of tees” might be very willing to hold Liberalism. His pamphlet is very their convocations in the Palais Royal poorly, and, indeed, very incorrectly and subscribe money for sending over written ; and there is a sort of boyish- rockets and spherical case-shot to the ness about the whole strain of it, that « Provisional Government of Iremust prevent sensible people from gi- land.” But if they did so, what would ving much weight to the appeal of be the consequence? Would our Gosuch a mouth-piece.

vernment approve of King Louis's GoThe second remark we have to make vernment for allowing them ?-In a is, that we really are very far from be- word, the question just comes to be ing satisfied, that individual subjects this: is it not still the prerogative of of this kingdom have any right what- GOVERNMENTS to form treaties of ever to take so much upon them as peace, and to declare and carry on war? seems of late to have become the fa

Or is it really so, that all these “ old shion. The Government of England things have passed away,”-that the recognizes the Ottoman Porte as an departments of governments and subally: These two Governments, no jects have been changed in the Euromatter how widely differing in cha. pean world, and that “ Mr Edward racter and views, have old treaties ac- Blaquiere and the Greek Committee" tually in force between them. Our have as much right to take part in this Government have refused to take any War, as if he were bona fide a crownpart whatever in the struggle that has ed Edward, and his Committee the rebeen going on between the Porte and cognized Senate of a recognized state? the Greek insurgents. If this be In plain truth, this sort of stuff has wrong, let the Opposition blame the gone a great deal too far already: Sir Ministry in Parliament,- let the sense Robert Wilson's behaviour in Spain of Parliament be taken, and let the has operated as a complete reductio ad line of policy be altered, if the Great absurdum ; and “the Greek CommitCouncil of the Nation be of opinion tee” may be convened in the tavern, that alteration is proper. But what and the Greek Committee's ambassahave we here?-We have a set of pri- dors may go to Tripolizza, just as often vate individuals, mostly very humble as the fancy takes them-The lanones too, assembling periodically in a guage of every rational man and loyal London tavern, and gravely discussing subject will be," This is the affair of VOL. XIV.

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