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ADVENTURES OF A SCHO- those who have been as intimate as LAR.
I with the lower ranks of the Irish,
can ever estimate rightly the qualities (Continued from page 83 of Februarys which they possess. Farmer O'FlanaMagazine )
gan's family consisted of himself, his
wife and eleven children, six sons HAVING arrived at the place of and five daughters, his father and my destination, I produced my good grandfather, two venerable old spiritual father's credentials and was men who lived with him. He accordingly hospitably and cordially had also a grand uncle a superannuated received by the honest farmers in the clergyman whom age forced from neighbourhood. Every door the duties of his profession into retire. thrown open at my approach, and ment, and who was just hanging over every countenance expressed the warm the grave. The whole family spoke candid welcome of the heart. Hos- Irish almost with classical purity, the pitality is the distinguishing mark language being taught by the master which is stampt peculiarly on the Irish at the washbin.-Amongst our ocsoul, and at this early period of my casional visitors were the parish priest life I rejoiced to behold it manifested and his curate who dined with us every to myself. Such was the natural sunday. In this family, and in this politeness of those people who were delighiful country I began my classic stigmatized with the gentle epithet s:udies.--Here
I of barbarous, such the unceremonious wander, comparing the sublimisympathy with which I was received, ty of Homer's and Virgil's des. that by a kind of impulse which criptions with the grandeur of nature perhaps no one butan Irishman can feel, or declaiming the eloquence of Cicero I instantly conceived myself at bone; to the echo of the surrounding moun I was as much at my ease as in the tains. How often have I in the arparlour of my patrons whom I had dour of imagination metamorphosed left_no obtrusive compliment~no a blasted oaken trunk into a Cataline studied or affected attention put me and poured out against it all the ani. in mind that I was to be a dependant mated and enveromed oratory of that or stung my delicacy, they knew not celebrated master- and when the stuthe polish of corrupted society, but dious toil of the day was over, what they knew and spoke the pure and a luxurious banquet of the soul did genuine glow of feeling which springs I not enjoy in the bosom of our from the heart. Amongst the farmers family. We might be seen sitting all about the washbin. Denis O'Flana- together round a blazing fire of turves gan was richer than the rest, and be with mute attention devouri g the intended also to make his eldest son a stories of other times told by the old priest--one of father O'Mealy's letters clergyman and the old O'Flanagan's. was directed to him and he insisted To hear the tales of those virtuous that I should become an inmate in his men whose youths were spent in tur. family There were already with him bulence and adversity in all the various five poor cholars from Connaught, who energy and patbos of their native like me destined themselves for the tongue, fired our souls with the noblest catho'ic ministry. It was here that enthusiasn), and sowed in us those I first began to form my opinion of prejudices of country which are the the character of my countrymen, and ground work of real patriotism. Our even now I aver 'hat no one but blood ran cool with horror as the
martyr's blood ran afresh in the histo- person and taking away his lifc.ries of the clergyman-and a throb This ruffian was an apostate Roman and a sigh for virtuous vengeance Catholic, who read his recantation convulsed every bosom. He possessed and deserted the religion of his fathers all the faculties of his mind unimpaired to get possession of the property a: d calling up all his powers,
he which his parent possessed..-As it displaved the force of genius and might be expected, that before his truth is the effect which his descrip- death he would perhaps repent and tion. produced. Almost all his tales embrace his early faith, he thought it
worn off my memory not improbable that father Sullivan by time. except the relation of one would attend hiir, if he pretended alorcious legal murder and its atten- illness and sent for ine clergyman in dant consequences, which made atite
his last moments. He accordingly time so strong an impression on my feigned himself sick and sent une mind that it will only die with the of his infamous accomplices, for the power of recollection itself. “ Father priest. The dear man obeying the Sullivan," said he “ was the friend
dictate of his duty immediately ran of my heart we were born in the with joy to receive into the bosom same village, we were reared together of his church the supposed dying -we made our studies in the same man. - As the very fact of his being coilege and returned to the mission of a popish priest was sufficient to hang our poor country with strong forebod. him the plot of this miscreant was ings of future inisfortune. He was of a more deadly and infernal naturi. sent to a parish near Clonmell, and I It was his intention to receive the resided about twenty miles distant sacrament from the hands of the from him. The persecution against priest, that the witnesses might serve the clrgy then raged with its greatest the double purpose of seizing his fury, and every day saw a new victim person and proving his criminality, to intolerance perish on the scaffold. But mark the wonderful justice of My dear Sullivan was a man of genius God, who. though in general slow and of intrepid courage, and as he to punish the wicked, yet at times braved by his r solution the menaces makes a dreadful offering at its injured of brutal power, so ly his vigilance shrine. No sovner
was the host he counteracted the treachery of the reached to the lips of the pretended informer. Ever prudent he spent his penitent than his guilty spirit fled nights in the cabins amongst the him and he appeared a hideous corpse. mountains and on the sabbath, he But this miracle of Almighty power celebrated the mass for his parishioners worked no change on the accomplices in the open fields, under the shade of the departed wretch.” of a tree, or the covering of a ditch. “ They were the more incensed This circumspection only served to and accused him of being assisted irritate bis persecutors—they thirsted by the devil. Having him now in for his blood and were determined their hands, they were determined to gain possession of his person by to shed his blood and accordingly any means towever dishonourable or charged himn with the murder of the foul-Accordingly a J--e of peace man to whom he was about to adin the neighbourhood a wretch whose minister the last consolation of his baseness fitted him for the dirtiest church. The body of the deceased work of infamy, conceived the most becanie so black and fætid that it diabolical plan for apprehending his suggested the idea of poison and my
Fumane and pious brother was in Indeed my dear people I beg par lon consequence arraigned of the foulest for my weakness, but it is the weak. deed which the most depraved or ness of an old man who loved his most savage could perpe rate.
But friend and who loves his country. to what length will not human malice My dearest friend bled ignonimously go aided in its machinations by the like his first master on the scaffold very machinery of hell -- Monsters but the omnipotence of God has in human shape were found so alan- blasted the immediate authors of the doned to become perjured nefarious catastrophe from amongst witnesses against the man of God and the living. 'Tis a solace to me that a jury was found wicked enough to my years are prolonged so far as to receive the deposition of their bare- have seen every man who acted a faced, unblushing perjury. Oh how part in his murder, taken away by my heart was torn when I saw the some signal vengeance and made exmild and innocent partner of my amples to future times of the detesaffection (for I was in disguise at the tation of heaven. Not one of the trial) with his hand raised at the bar twelve who were on his jury but has of a wicked tribunal and branded as rushed out of existence in an instant a murderer. But my sorrow was una- without even a warning sign from vailing, these old cheeks were fur- providence to expiate their crimes rowed with tears but they flowed in or to depecrate his wrath. So did vain. A verdict of guilty was de. poor father Sullivan suffer and so livered by the jury and away was
have suffered thousands like him he dragged by merciless unfeeling whose sole crime in those terrible days men amidst their rude and barbarous of blood was nothing but their priestscoffings which the sacredness of his hood."* character only served to encrease.
With such tales as these did the Holy spirit! I saw thee give up thiy old clergyman consume our nights pious soul to thy Maker thy wounded at the save time instructing us in the mind in him alone found consolation; history of our country and forming this nether world was too gross and our younger minds to patriotism and too corrupt for thee to dwell in. to virtue. Thou art with him whose providence has I hope, still some happiness un. shewn, for that poor country which
Ν Ο Τ Ε. thou hast left behind and in which
* Were we not assured that the we yet remain the scoff of nations
author writes a 'novei' where every and the contempt of men (here the old man's utterance failed him his thing is fiction we would be inclined feelings appeared too powerful for
to think that this relation glanced at expression but after a pause and fetch.
the fate of father Sheehy in 1764. ing a few deep sighs he continued.)
(To be Continued.)
Letter from the late George Nugent county in which my family reside,
Reynolds, Esq. to the Lord Chan- with an affected hauteur, which ill cello, Clare,
becomes the man of yesterday; you
turned on your heel, and refused me To the Right Honorable John Earl an opportunity of justifying my con
of Clare Lord High Chancellor of duct. Had your lordship like your Ireland,
father been destined for the popish
priesthood, you would have had the My Lord,
benefit of a saint Omer's education, With surprize and sorrow and of consequence known more I received a letier signed l. Dwyer, decency and more good manners, but informing me that your lordship was probabiy a giddy head is turned by plea-ed to suspend me in the commis- looking down from a pinnacle to sion of the peace for the counties of which a fortunate combination of cirLeitrim and Roscommon.--I say cumstances has raised it, yet elevated witli surprize as I am not conscious as your lordship is, it never appeared of
aily fault to warrant such a pro- to me that when I heard your lordceeding on the part of your lordship, ship's voice “ an angel spoke"-your and I add with sorrow for low as the tout, ensemble has rather recalled to appointment is, and low indeed it my fancy the figure of a sweep, who must be, depending on the caprice clambering through dirt, pops out his of any individual; yet as it afforded sooty coloured face and with a shrill me the power to protect innocence tone proclaims his high situation to and counteract tyranny I part it with the wo:ld. regret.
It has been asserted by your lordYour lord ship loves not the consti- ship that I took bail for several tution with more zeal than I do, it persons under the denomination of has been the theme of my continued Defenders, nothing more being spepanegyric, nor shall the unkind treat- cified in the commitral, and your ment I experienced at your lordship’s lordship is the most competent judge hands tend to democratize my opi- whether that is sufficient to detain his nions--quite the reverse, it is to me Majesty's subjects in prison, it has an additional proof of the truth of been represented that one of the my aristocratical creed " that there parties houghed a cow and hung a is in men of mean descent an innate ihreatning leite: on one of her horns, ignobility which no tiles nor honors had he houghed your lordship, and can e adicure."--It is not my lord, hung a threatning letter on one of your in the raciance of the royal sun-beam horns under the same conimittál, I to give to the nuushroon the fragrance would have acted in the same mannes, of the rose, and when we look to a l'caunot dismiss this letter without new man tor the bland and golden a comment on the impertinence of dignity of manners which mark the your lordship's servant, but that is genuine noblesse, we too often find easily accounted for, by recolle Eting a pinchbock petulance substituted in “ that man is an imitative animal," its stead
and perhaps I at:ribute to impoliteness When I waited on your lordship a conduct which might with more with a letter from the governor of the propriety be attributed to fear. But
so high is my respect for official situ- native land, and consenting to become ation, that though it rained horse- for ever the subjects of a foreign wn.ps far be it from me to think of power. It would appear to a stranger, laying one of them on the hem of by this passage of the historian ; that your lordsbip's garment.
the Dutch invader was neither a fo. I am, my Lord with sincerity reigner, nor a usurper, it is impossi10. 17.y friends, and respect for ble for an Irishman to repress his mysit,
indignant feelings, that such a perGEORGĘ Nugent REYNOLDS. version of hi torical dignity must
occasion. To describe the natural abhorrence which an Irish soldier and
catholic must naturally entertain for C# British Histories where Ireland is a man who violated all the moral duties introduced.
of kindred and religion, to gratify a
passion for power and military pomp, We have in a former number ob- which predominated in the sulky soul served the indecent and lying fabri- of such a nephew and son-in-law', cations of Hume, Goldsmith and besides the atrocious conduct he disa Belshain, in their respective books, played after the battle of Aughrim, wherever Ireland, or Irishmen are by refusing quarter to the Irish soldescribed.
diers, until his appetite for blood was No wri:er among our English or satiated in the murder of 7,000 brave Scottish, or degenerate Irish antagonists speaks more disrespectfully of
William's character as a man, a Irish bravery and loyalty than Dal- christian and a soldier requires no rymple in bis " memoirs of Great elucidation, when we read of him Britain and Ireland.”
de:hroning his uncle and father-inAfter the unfortunate surrender of law, and ordering the faithful folLimerick. The Irish army to the lowers of their lawful sovereign to be amount of 14,000 men, with a high treated, not as enemies but as rebels. and indignant spirit becoming a set Nor does it demand a laborious deof brave men, who preferred their fence, the hatred which the religion duty to their country, religion and and bra: ery of the Irish dictated, king to any other consideratior, after w opreferred the service of a brave and making every effort to preserve the enlightened king like Louis XIV. independence of their country, were to the disgusting domination of a obliged to submit to the chances of gloomy and fanatical Dutchman. war, followed their unfortunate so William's memory though revered vereign, into exile, and by entering puslickly, and at this day exclusively into the arinies of Leuis XIV. in these islands, by a fanatical faction; strongly evinced their gratitude to in the existing state of affairs that that illustrious monarch, for his at- engage Furope, will scarcely occupy, tachments to the interests of their or disgust the public mind in a very unfortunate country and sovereigr. few years, too trifling, too obscure, Dalrymple says, that those men, took and insignificant, it is not calculated advantage of the articles of the capi. to live beyond the century in which tulation of Limerick, and quitting he figured, remarkable only for petty with a savage fury and joy, their eminence and elevated crines, neither