Page images

that unclean beast, the monster, that I Catholic people in the management of glory in being the son of an honest, all their spiritual and temporal concerns humble, Irish Catholic man and wo- should have been long since laid before man, and in not coming from the loins the public; but, perhaps it was better of Princes, most of whom, from the to have allowed their cup of defamation Prince of Peace, Goday, and his sup. tö become brimful. : posed son, (not to mention the Princes Before I proceed to detail the au. of Hertford, Clarke, Jordan, and Co.) merous stratagems and overt-acts of down to the present princely represen- your authentically Catholic enemies, tation of the house of Idoagh, are the allow me to direct your attention to a dirtiest and most unprincipled ruffians letter of mine, published in the Irish that ever crawled on the face of the Magazine for May last, and addressed carth.

to Doctor Hamill, April 30, 1812. I have already told you, my daunt. It was, as I then stated, with extreme less countrymen, that I rest not my reluctance that letter was wrung from claims to your attention on a descent me. Nothing but the utmost provocafrom proud beggarly blood ; and I tion could have prevailed upon me to have admitted also, that I am not able turn aside out of my usual course of to feast monsters by the fruits of com. Orange game, to a set of men that I pound calculations, on the sale of Irish had once foolishly considered as friends rights ; neither do I claim, like the to Ireland. Although, as it must be heads of the conclave, any merits from very natural to suppose, almost every offering a bargain (in private, to Sir day, since the time of their bringing John C. Hippesley) of the Irish Car the household troops from Francistholic Church, in 1805, and from using street, Thomas-street, Smithfield, &c. two strings to my bow, by writing and to bear upon the Committee, supselling mystical jargon in 1808, against plied me with fresh communications as my former proposal, when I found the to their despotic views of supreme ecpopular cry was raised against the in- clesiastical and temporal rule over the trigue. All this, and the exercise of Catholic councils. Although for more undue hypocritical church influence, l than a year I was in possession of nearly leave to the pious, patriotic defamers all the circumstances already related, of the board and of the independent or to be given hereafter, still I had the press. These are the weapons they merit, perhaps the demerit, of abstainhave long used to put down every ho. ing from this exposure of their p:blic nest Irishman who had either virtue or misdeeds, every one of which was the spirit to refuse them unqualified allegi. constant topic of conversation from the ance, and to these weapons I will now very moment they raised the character oppose facts.

of the country, by attempting to sa• Their double-dealing, defamatory crifice its constitutional organ-the misrepresentation of honest men and Committsemio the grasification of honest measures, shall be met and ex. their own inordinate ambition. Things posed by a plain unvarnished statement could not possibly happen otherwise in of their conduct in the pages of the a city like Dublin, and in a great naIrish Magazine, which is now read in tiopal cause, which interested the feel. every village of the kingdom, and in ings of every one. They were obliged every respectable town of the United from their own shameful conduct to States. Their misdeeds shall stand pass through the ordeal of public opiupon record--a record which should nion. In subjecting their public acte have been long since written ; their to be tried by the fire of that furnace, secret Yarmouth exertions to rule, to the dross of their counterfeit patriot. dictate to the majesty of the Irisb ism became manifest to all except themFOR JULY, 1812, Vol. V.

2 s


[ocr errors]

selves; who even yet, in the noon day. Mac Donnell, Rev. John Ryan, and light of general information, reflected, Rev. Mr. Lanigan, Secretary of the by discussion, on the long list of their Dublin Society—instances of charity works of darkness, appear, or wish to towards the English Catholic Bishops, appear, as blind as bats to a sense of id declaring them “ fallen from all retheir present degraded state-as pure verence" (Stupeo's excommunication) and harmless-kind souis! as newly towards the Catholic Committee, ia baptized infants in the midst of a cor. embarrassing all their operations, and rupt and uncharitable world !!!

proclaiming by word and letter as vioIn the present Number will be found lating the laws, and inviting the a second letter of mine to Doctor Ha- French !!!--towards the Catholic mill, connected with the former of Clergy and Gentry of Ireland, by ex. April 30th. The second one I had acting from them large sums of money intended for insertion in June Jast, but for opposing the Veto, which they had the truth is, that on finding the first to before, like true intriguers, privately have so confounded, so maddened the supported—and lastly, by supplying Members of the Conclave, I deter. their monster with paragraphs, in the mined to defer its publication to the well-known hand-writing of Stupeo, present date, that I might watch their for the patriotic pages of Burke Fitz. movements, and thus be the better simmons, and entertaining him and enabled to detect, expose, and join my

their monster in private. I shall be fellow-citizens in laughing at their base

obliged to show their charitable res hypocrisy. Never did a letter create gards for the peace and happiness of such consternation and alarm among

the country, and their love for prethe Janizaries and household troops of serving the personal character of every the Conclave, as that of April. It man, whether Protestant, Presbyte þit them on the sore point-it struck rian, or Catholic, who has distinguishe. them home to the quick. Like a ed himself by endeavouring to wrest bomb-shell falling on a body of unsus.

asuse the rod of power out of the intolerant pecting planners-of hostile assault, it hands of that once happy country's completely dispersed them, and blew worst and most inveterate oppressors. uy their concealed batteries. They held meeting after mecting to find out

WALTER CON.. my informants not a man of known public virtue among the Catholics but was' in turn accused and denounced

MR. LEE. the runners were all at work—the pious calumniators sneaked about from

This eminent Comedian, who is an house to house, crying out that charity

put that charito honour to the Irish stage, as he was had fled the earth. Even Talleyrand formerly to the Irish shuttle, (for Lee expressed his jódignation in public and was a weaver before he put on the private, at the whicharitateness of the

fihe buskin) is now so highly appreciated. letter

i ....,:, * .... for bis unequalled, talents, that buss. Ese But when auch men toll of charito, tate will receive considerable aid from when they have peace and charity in his generous countrymen the Police and. such a 'manner and so frequently on

the publicans ; his late benefit, merely

i their lips--they shall for that very reaa"

09 by the exertions of Mt. Whiteside, of son hear from me in my next, among of

Can the Major's Office, and Mr. Cenaty many other things, practical and pub

of Patrick street, produced, not less lic proofs adduced of their charity to?"

w than four hundred pounds. wards Mi, James Ryan, Mr. "Randal






[ocr errors]


[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

EATHOLIĆ MISFORTUNE. To the RT. Hon. John Philpot Curran,

' Master of the Rolls. 39,70 De grada TDS

9395 TL wdIn the late debates in the English to Sing ito pose de 699099 Parliament on Mr. Canning's motion i The death of Mr. Kirwan having for taking into consideration the Catho. rendered yacant the Chair of our Instilic claims, á Sir Charles Burrell de. tution, we proceeded to the very difficlared that, from what he had read of cult duty of selecting his successor. the language and resolutions of the Our arduous object was to discover Catholic Body, at the late Aggregate a name, which united the purest prinMeeting he (Sir Charles) would ciples with the most brilliant genius; oppose any concessions. This melan- which adversity had proyed, patriotism choly and disastrous event we hope will endeared, and years made venerable ; be repaired by the penitence of the a name which was of native growth, Catholics, whom we advise to call and carried in its very sound the conanother Aggregate Meeting, and, if viction of its value, which taught possible, by an adoption of more sup- purity, while it inspired pride, and plicating language, try to avert the shamed the venal, , while it gladdened dangerous consequences of Sir Charles the virtuous; a name, of which in our Burrell's indignation. Sir Charles best tiines, we had been familiarly vain, reminds us of a Mr, Van, a Member and which, in our worst, like an orphan of the same House of Commons, who, pledge, had been fondled by the fuelin the year 1775, threatened the people ings of the country. won doo of America, if they persisted opposing to Such were the rare equal ties we the stamp act, and refusing to drink sought, and do not ascribe to flattery sea, that he would withdraw his pare what you have won by merit, when we liamentary aid and assistance, and even boast their discovery in the name of bring a bill into Parliament for knock. CURRAN. W bwo 599 w sievo ing the bricks of Boston about the ears. We solicit you then, Sir, in the of its inhabitants. We have not heard name of our Institution, by accepting that the people he menaced with his its Chair, to give us our only atonehigh displeasure laughed at the self- ment for the loss of Kiryan, de important senator ; but the world The meeting then came to the fol. knows that the citizens of America lowing resolution :- ) S 5 SDI defied Mr. Van—they drink tea with. That the deputation for presenting out a British license, and the bricks of the above, do consist of Major Bryan, Boston continue in the best condition Dr. Meyler, Dr. Dromgoole, Daniel and repair."

. O'Connell, John Finlay, Charles Phil

lips, and Nicholas Purcel O'Gorman,

Esqrs. Barristers at Law, together MASTER OF THE RÕLLS. The election of a President of the John Lawless, Esq.

with the Chairman of the Meeting, Dublin Library, in the place of the

000 us an opportunity of laying before our

ANSWER. readers a handsome testimony of the


Be pleased to accept my most grateapprobation which a respectable lite- ful acknowledgment of the honour you rary body have bestowed on our up- confer upon me, in the offer of that right and illustrious countryman Mr. Chair, which was so splendidly fille i Curran the address, we understand, by our illustrious countryman.. I can. is from the pen of Counsellor Phillips, not, but most highly value such a mark the accomplished author of the Con. of favour from so respectable' a body solations of Erin"

of my fellow.citizens.

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

It would be an unworthy affectation God, there is nothing rare or peculiar were I to say, that the gratification in the sentiment; and every man may which I feel in accepting this offer, freely profess it, without incurring the was in any degree diminished by the charge of egotism or vanity. . reflection, that a sort of comparison Shall I presume to advert to the may be suggested, in which I could 'over-measure of commendation which not have even the consolation of think your kindness has led you to use to ing, that the victory under which so myself? I should be mortified if you unequal a competitor must sink, could could suspect that while I felt the add any thing to the credit of so ho. kindnessI did not also look farther poured a predecessor. I know the to the motive of such disproportioned gifts wbich he has conferred upon approbation. It is wise and politic to science, and the glory which he has reward even the most barren good bequeathed to Ireland, in a name which beyond the exact limits of its claim; cannot be involved in the mortality of and perhaps it belongs peculiarly to the his person, but must live for ever. But nature of the Irish heart, that it may I cannot think myself humiliated by be generous and even prodigal, without the consciousness of individual dispa- any risk of improvement. rity, while I feel that I am an Irish. The answer delivered the 29th, man, and as such, am raised in partici- when the Society came to the follow pating the honour of my country. ing resolution :

d long and intimate friendship with . That the Address of the Dublin Mr. Kirwan, gave me the opportunity Library Society to the Right Hon. of knowing how he felt and thought John Philpot Curran, Master of the on such subjects as I was capable of Rolls, on his election to the presidency discussing with him. As a man, his of this institution, with the reply, be heart was exalted above every vulgar published in three London and three prejudice, and every interested antipa- Dublin papers. by ; it was enamoured with liberty,

Signed by Order, and recoiled from thraldom. As a: JOSEPH LEFANU, Chairman. philosopher, he saw that servitude was i à condition befitting no human being on the answer being read, Mr. J. but him who was vile enough to inffict Lawless moved that it, and the Ador to endure it. I can assume but dress, should be inserted in the Jourlittle praise to myself in venturing to Aals, upon which Charles Phillips, Esq. bope, that such facilities of communi. spoke as follows :cation were not utterly lost upon me, * Allow me, Sir, to second this móand that the high and manly tone of tion, and to trespass on your time for spirit, m which he took an interest m a few moments. ' I should be deficient the various and wayward destinies of in gratitude if I did not return you my Ireland, could not fail of making some sincere thanks for the flattering manner impression upon me, to your kind be in which you have received my very lief that this may have been the case, bumble Address. It was draws up and to that alone, I. attribute your mid the confusion of the ballot, and, election of me to succeed him; because, as my friends know, with very little in that point only could you have previous notice ; its unworthiness car. hoped that, in my succession, he would ries with it, however, at least this alle not be altogether unrepresented. viation, that it mattered but litde,

The time has long passed away, in whether it was maturely considered or which I should have been unwilling to hastily sketched, it must have proved allude to my attachment to our com- quite inadequate to the merits of the mon country ; but in this happier great man who forms its subject. He period of patriotic liberality, thank


who composed an address on this oc- a monument, and the treasures she has
casion, had a double difficulty to ento: poured forth at his command, are so
counter ; the one rising from pride for many immutable inscriptions to his
him we had elected, the other from memory. But theme iš melancholy ;
grief for him we had lost! A loss, Kirwan has left us, but not alone. No,
indeed, not only to individuals, but to no; pot alone Even while she nuuru,
science-fot only to our institution over his new.made grave, geri s lifts
but to the country..not only to our her head, and smiles in tears on this
country but the universe. He was one Successor. Happy, happy Ireland!
of those splendid prodigies which occa. happy amid all your niseries ; man
sionally arise in our system, as it were cannot take away what God !14- riven,
to vindicate the dignity of the species, and it is not in the power of all the
created, one would imagine, by the despots, in creation, to wring from you
hand of the Almighty God, for the the pride of retrieving such a loss, by
purpose of confounding the specula- such a reparation. This transition
tions of the atheist and the blasphemer, from the tombs to the name of Curran,
by proving, that even here our mortal seems like rising from death to the
nature may be sublimed into the sem. prospect of immortality. And immor-
blance of inspired wisdom, and that tal he must be, if talents, direct from
there is a spirit within us which can Heaven, exerted in the highest inte.
emerge from our infirmities, and almost rests of earth, can constitute a claim to
associate us with perfection! It is our immortality: 'Mid the race of reptiles
boast to have lived with him --- he has which our fall has generated, whom
been a favour conferred upon our age. we see coiling round the broken coo
Such men as KIRWAN are the offspring lumns of our State, and winding them.
of centuries. Nature seems to put selves into a loathsome and disgusting
forth her whole energies in their for. elevation, I cannot help looking upon
mation, 'and to sink exhausted by the this man as I would upon some noble
immensity of the effort. To follow statue, 'mid the ruins of antiquity-a
him through the range of his discove- sacred relic of departed worth a si-
ries, would require an intellect like his lent memorial of the virtue that has
own. Few are the arts that he has been. But it is not in my feeble
not enriched! Many are the sciences tongue to do him justice; no, nor is it
that mourn him! Whether he was in the malice of his enemies to do him
employed in developing the properties injury. He has the reward and anti-
of matter, or in explaining the intrica. dote within himself ; he has it in the
cies of mind, his powers seemed to be sight of people consecrating his old
magical-almost miraculous. Error fell age. And, in my mind, Sir, if there
before hiin ; and at his bidding, like be one reward upon earth superior to
that of the sage in holy writ, even the another, 'tis the applause of our coun.
barren rock became a fountain of try, and the consciousness of deserving
fertility! He illustrated the image of it-reward, richer than all the baubles
an expressive author ; • his reason in the power of majesty to bestow ;
strode upon the mountain tops, and brighter than the star upon tbe despot's
made for for itseli a plain of continued breast, purer than the gems of the im.
elevations. I bave heard with sorrow perial diadem! Sir, I have trespassed
some calculations made, as to the pro. on your time ; you will, I feel, excuse
priety of erecting his bustoa bust of me; but these few remarks have been
Kirwan! Why? It is a debt due not unavoidably extorted, lest, after having
to him, but to ourselves a tribute not paid my poor tribute to living merit,
to his name, but of our gratitude. I should appear ungratefully forgetful'
Until nature perishes, he cannot want of the illustrious dead.

[ocr errors]



« PreviousContinue »