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Br 12070, 40,3
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
OCT 21 1919
DUBLIN: JOHN FALCONER, PRINTER, 53, UPPER SACKVILLE-STREET.
ADVERTISEMENT TO THE FIRST EDITION.
I OFFER no apology for the appearance at the present moment of this tract upon a subject which is every day more and more occupying the attention of the Irish nation.
A very few words will explain the motive and object with which it has been written.
I have long since had the conviction forced upon me that it is equally essential to the safety of England and to the happiness and tranquillity of Ireland, that the right of self-government should be restored to this country.
Reflecting on all the difficulties which surround the question, I came some time ago to the conclusion that the best prospect of uniting Irishmen in a demand for home government, was to propose a Federal Union between the two countries.
The proposal, I need not say, is not a new one. During Mr. O'Connell's Repeal agitation it had been urged by the Rev. Mr. O'Malley in a series of letters of great ability and knowledge. It was advocated in one of the Repeal Prize Essays, which, though not awarded a prize, was specially published by the Repeal Association.* It was
* Supplemental Repeal Essay. Printed by the order of the Repeal Association. By George Ramsay, B.M., formerly of Trinity College, Cambridge. James Duffy, Dublin, 1845.