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the description of worshippers which which, in better days, had been alsurrounded it. The cheering of the most indented by the feet of his prepopulace bespoke the passage of decessors; those days, alas! were the Viceroy. The undoubted popu. gone-he was obliged now to share larity which he beheld surprised him: his wages with heterodox servility, “ What a change,” said he,“ in this and the stupid sullenness of his depeople ! the Duke of Rutland* was meanour showed that his presence at popular because he loved a bottle court arose merely from the force of this man is popular although he hates habit-he came no longer in the conone!" "He hates only an empty fidence of gain, but from the fear of one !” exclaimed a figure, which deprivation, and knelt (like the Inswept by at the moment in a forensic dians at the shrine of their demon) dress, the tails of his wig over his from timidity, rather than affection. forehead, and his robe tucked up un- The other was a dignitary of the ancider his right arm. “ If that man ent church: a full-grown child of the knew me," quoth the devil, “ he'd Sorbonne, matured before the starved have paid me a compliment, and just theology of Maynooth had an existwith as much sincerity as he ever ence, and of course exhibiting a juexhibited.” The crowd now increas. dicions medley of Irish vulgarism and ed so rapidly that it became a mob; French vivacity; he fed his flock and, to say the truth, the persons with the hopes of the next world, composing it scarcely belied the epi. and only took in return the realities of thet. Corporators and clergy, attor- this, assuming at once its sins and neys and tax-gatherers, lean curates its superfluities. Orthodoxy itself and briefless barristers, merchants might have envied him a paunch without credit, and shopkeepers who which seemed formed for pluralities, gave it, rushed into the presence of but with his own fraternity it was à statesman and a scholar, who an evidence of the mortifications seemed, as he surveyed the scene be- which the flesh' always proportionfore him, to sigh at once over the ably engenders. He was the first memory of the past and the pros- of his creed that, since the battle of pect of the future, and to say in sor- the Boyne, had found himself in the row, “ Is this my native land?" Two "real presence of royalty; and its very well-fed and very ill-bred wor- effect was visible in the heavy alacrithies now disturbed the presence by ty with which he waddled into the their scramble for precedence, and anti-chamber ; but the glance must attracted the attention of every one have been superficial which did not around them. The scowl with which trace in his exultation more than the they surveyed each other showed a effects of mere gratified vanity—the hate too deadly for even the atmo- days gone by rolled back upon his visphere of a court to mitigate-indeed sion--the martyred glories of his royalty had already attempted it and church re-ascended-his eye seemed failed. These rival courtiers were, to reflect the rekindled torch in in fact, representatives of the two which heresy was to perish, and all factions which divide the country; his affected humility had well nigh and indeed of their disinterested ob- evaporated before its time, when the ject also a selfish struggle for into- pious corporator hiccoughed out a lerant ascendancy. The first was a curse upon Pope and popery, corporator, vain, ignorant, and pre- James and slavery, wooden shoes and judiced, a mixture of the sot and the brass money.". harpy, whose nights had been spent in It would be utterly impossible toasting the Church he never entered, even to shadow out the characters and his days in extolling the State which now crowded to inflict their which he impoverished a bloated aceumulated visitation on the Viceemblem of that Juggernaut idolatry, roy. One thing, however, strongly which was the object of his worship struck the spectator-almost all of only because it was the engine of his them had the look of creditors, rapacity; habitual insolence was on though in reality most of them were his brow as he ascended those steps debtors-each of them in fact had

* “ The Duke of Rutland,” says Mr. Hardy in his Life of Lord Charlemont, "was sent over to Ireland to drink the Irish into good humour.” He died of the experiment.

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bled his tailor for the court-dress, and do all these gentry live," inquired seemed as if come to court to claim Satan, “I have counted above five the cost of it. The Viceroy paid hundred ?*”—“Most of them starve,them all with promises, and did so as answered the attorney, “but those if he had been accustomed to it-the who really live have places; there only wonder was, how even his pro- are two places, at least, to every verbial urbanity sustained itself practising barrister, who prays acthrough such an ordeal ; insensibility cording to law, and who will fall itself must have shrunk from the down and worship the molten idol of rankness of their adulation, and in- the day! It was quite necessary:sincerity blushed at the lying insult when the property of the country of their loyalty. The devil himself became absentee by act of parliament, turned upon his heel, half indignant of course the business of the country at the spectacle—his interest in its followed it, and left the law hungry continuance barely sufficed to console and vociferous: the echo might have him-the whole affair seemed a bur- grown too loud amid the emptiness desque upon sovereignty, and he of the island, and so the mouth was could not forget that he was the stuffed merely that the voice might truest and the oldest legitimate under be stifled.” « What! are they all

mute—all purchaseable? Is there not Passing rapidly across Essex-bridge one tongue to articulate the name of he was accosted by a person who Ireland ?”-“ No, not one: some proved afterwards to be a felicitous speak for themselves; some for their combination of the Orangeman and sect; some for the new light; and the attorney-it was a congenial some for the old darkness-not one meeting, and they soon became ac- for Ireland.” “ Mammon be praisquaintances. “As you seem a stran- ed !” exclaimed Satan, “ but is Curger in our city, sir," quoth the attor- ran dead ?"-"Aye,” answered the ney, “perhaps you would just step attorney, “and an example to any in and see the lawyers.”_7 It is a romantic fool who may survive him : profession for which I have ever had he spoke for the country, he thought a great affection,” was the reply, for the country, he dreamed of when, at the moment, the hall of the the country, and would willingly have four courts opened on them. It was died for the country; and the couna scene to fix and sadden the atten- try has not raised a stone to his metion. There was youth, from out mory! They even suffer his bones whose features Hope was breathing; to moulder in a foreign churchyard : and manhood, with its beam decaying yet the infuriate brawlers, who toast from his brow; and age, whence it him in their cups, and slander him in was scared entirely by the imps of their sobriety, would fain persuade fraud and avarice, that had changed us they are the heirs of his patriotism, its bloom to parchment, and its and baptize their odious and their beauty into wrinkles. This place selfish bigotry with the name of his seemed the very palace of interest; enlarged and universal benevolence!” the grave of virtue; the den whence


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dead also ?" was the next born of rottenness: there were barris- inquiry. “No, no; not dead, but ters with little in their bags and less promoted.” The very devil started. in their purses; denuded suitors, Aye," said the attorney, "you may dragging the reluctant solicitor to well distrust me, but yet the fact is taxation ; sheriffs with a 'non est in- so; there are many worthies walking ventus' out of their pockets; and po- now around you, who denounced the liticians with the purchase-money of Union as the ruin of their country, their country in them! The din was and its author as a patricide-who deafening; just such as might have raved and ranted through the whole been expected from an assemblage vocabulary of indignant patriotism, where but few having any business and yet who--when their prophecies of their own, each was discussing the were completed, when their country business of somebody else. “How sunk into a pauper province, and the

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man who they said made her so, rose and opulent; but search beyond exupon her ruins,-knelt down before ternals, and, like Lucian's statue, that very man, and begged the spor- the interior was all poverty; yet tula of office from him, and live this thus it was ; the eye that now feasted instant on the gifts of his forgive on all the magnificence of architecness-if, indeed, I should not rather ture, glanced the next moment upon call them of his vengeance!” Satan rags and wretchedness. The mind asked no more ; he looked around that contemplated the stately colonthe hall with the air of one who nade shrunk at the houseless creature seemed to feel he was in the centre of that shivered under its portico; and his own property, or at least who had the passenger, when scrutinizing the a strong reversionary interest therein, statuary's skill, had only to look aand he left it, laughing heartily at a round and compare it with nature's Common Pleas pun, which preceded genuine and unveiled proportions ! a judgment, and would have followed The still-life of this metropolis is an execution.

picturesque and beautiful-its aniThe scene which he had witnessed mation wretched and revolting. Erase left himself satisfied; he felt that his the buildings, and you would say, empire would endure, and for ever; the people were paupers: on the for he felt that in this body alone had other hand, blot out the people, and Ireland a chance of relief or vindica- the architecture would tell you its tion--this was the cradle of all the inhabitants had been princes. Satan country valued: Grattan, Curran, paused in wonder at the noble simBurgh, and Flood, and Daly, had plicity of the Provincial Bank-more lisped within these walls the infant guilty spirits had been there before speech of freedom-they were gone; him—spirits who, like him, had fallen caught up again into the heaven from from a height of greatness, not whence they came, and not a rag through ambition, his sublime though from their mantles had fallen upon fatal error, but through avarice, the the survivors—their very names were most mean and unredeemed of vices! perishing by a traitorous convention; Within these walls, ere now, wisdom hateful to the foreign junta they de- deliberated, and eloquence thundered, feated, and equally reproachful to a and patriotism dared—there also spenative faction, unable or unwilling to culation calculated, and dulness imitate their virtues. They were traded, and corruption triumphedgone; they who had breathed a fire there a people's liberty was borninto the forms of Ireland, and taught and, them they were men; but the lights Just beloved and lost, admired and of their creation died along with

mourn'd, them, and others have arisen to there also it perished — that house warm intestine discord into life, or

once held the parliament of Ireland. relume the faggot and the torch of bigotry! Unhappy country! when the torrents of the sky shall have de- “ By the bye,” observed Satan, scended on thee, and the fury of “this place reminds me that I ought the ocean risen round thee, and the to take a peep at my own little Hometeors that mislead, and the locusts henlohe parliament,” and off he set, that devour, and the fiends that af- post haste, to the Catholic Associaflict thee shall have perished in the tion. They were in full divan-all deluge, then, and then only, shall the speaking together de omnibus rebus et receding waters leave the olive a quibusdam aliis,it was in vain that place amid thy vallies, or the dove of the President declared he could not peace an asylum in thy bosom! possibly hear more than two mem

Not thus, however, would any bers at once, and appealed to the one have deemed of Ireland, who Secretary pro tempore, the regular cast but a passing glance on her officer being absent on his circuitbeautiful metropolis ; its streets, its the learned deputy declared that squares, its quays, its public build- there was a standing order on the ings, gave token of a city which books against more than one gentleshould have been the seat of legis. man speaking at a time, but that lation and residence of royalty! there was nothing to prevent his disAll that was inanimate looked grand cussing three subjects together. The

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din was dreadful-broken metaphors the sittings should be held after dina and broken heads joined issue on the ner, because he had an impediment in moment, and Old Nick, for the first his speech, which generally went off time, felt inward gratitude that this after that meal; and besides there people had established a half-way- was no absolute necessity for any house for themselves, between earth person being entirely compos, except and his dominions. At length, a the Secretary, who had to read the ġoung barrister of about fifty ob- orders--every one knew the President served, that as gratitude to their might stand sitting. The Secretary Protestant brethren had ever been very indignantly declared that if any the grand characteristic of the Ca- stipulation of the kind were attached tholics, and ought never to be lost to the office he would immediately sight of so long as the aforesaid Pro- both resign himself, and report it to testant brethren could be of any use his principal, and he was firmly perto them, he had a proposal to make suaded that no Irish gentleman would concerning the late discussion of accept it on such a condition-there their claims in the House of Com- could be no reason why their officer mons. Mr. Plunket had urged their should be branded as the only sober petition with his usual ability, and man in the society-it was by no Sir Francis Burdett had, with equal means his wish to be so particular. ability, walked out of the house be- A visitor from the British Catholic fore the debate on it-he meant Board here ventured jocularly to therefore to propose a vote of thanks propose that each member should to each of these gentlemen—the one pledge his honour not to take more for discussing, and the other for not than a couple of bottles of wine until discussing. It was agreed upon after the adjournment. This proall hands that the motion was manly, posal caused an universal commotion; rational, and consistent, as it gave it was instantly voted a most shamea triumph to neither party,' and ful national reflection, and a reguit was carried accordingly. A long lation was passed excluding all discussion then took place as to the strangers for the future. The conperson to whom they were to entrust fusion which this little incident octheir grievances during the ensuing casioned caused a premature adjournsession: this was at last terminated ment-not however before the Secreby a member's declaring that he had tary had given notice that he would studied the whole Opposition phy- relinquish even his temporary trust; siognomically, and that certainly Mr. and it was very generally expected Brougham looked a grievance better that the person who had proposed than any man in the House of Com- him as an exception would hear mons—this was decisive—the griev- more of it. ances were then flatteringly com- Such are the absurdities which inmitted to that gentleman; and a tolerance begets upon endurance ; roving committee was at the same and such are the freaks into which, time appointed, to accumulate cala- when bigotry gains the ascendant, it mities throughout the country. A delights to torture poor human navery animated debate next ensued ture. The men, who compose this upon the propriety of holding their motley mimickry, are some of them future sittings during the evening. learned, some of them eloquent, most One gentleman observed that a de- of them naturally honest and benebate after dinner t might possibly volent ; but the persecution of ages not be conducted with all the cool. has turned their heads--they have ness requisite on such an occasion, become almost mad through oppresand the society ought to recollect sion, and wise authority justifies such that

every man's affairs in the country a result. It is at once ludicrous and were in their keeping, as it was a melancholy, however, to observe the standing rule that they should attend fancied consequence into which their to other people's business quite as insanity bewilders them. There is much as their own. Another mem- scarcely a Roman Catholic rag-merber, in reply, remarked that for his chant, in the city of Dublin, who has own individual part he rather wished not, in his own opinion, argued himself into a legislator-despair glves It is wonderful, however, to observe him courage, and ignorance gives him what a mild aspect intolerance can confidence-the orders of his trade assume.

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The member who was are postponed to standing orders, speaking seemed demureness personihe answers his customers with the fied — his very face was pastoral. previous question_his house becomes The hands were meekly crossed upon the scene of a perpetual division, and his bosom—the whites of his eyes he takes his revenge upon the Eng- alone were visible—the voice “piped lish law by incessant depredations on and trebled” in the utterance as it the English language.

The Irish whined out condemnation on every are naturally a comic people-natio dissenting creed--the views and arcomæda est—and one would really guments were all of another worldimagine that an establishment like and the speech ended with a petition this was a sort of sly posthumous re- to parliament for more money! A penge upon their parliament—the laudatory moan from the very hearts grave burlesque is perfect and irre of the faithful seconded the proposisistible-- the House of Commons, for tion, and the speaker's countenance their own sake, should extinguish it relapsed once more into its earthly by emancipation, and the blessings expression. It proved to be an old of the rescued Priscian would re- acquaintance-an hour before, Satan ward them. Unhappily, however, had seen it in the courts when it was for the great cause in which these unmasqueraded—the world was upon people profess to labour, their indi- it-sophistry sat in its contracted vidual absurdities extend themselves brow-a legal quibble nestled in to it, and operate as a ban upon the every wrinkle-its tongue was clageneral body of the people-one of mourous in a wrong cause, and every their last acts was a studied, written, nerve was strained, and every energy vulgar insult on the heir apparent to exerted to ensure its triumph-and the throne-a national mode of con- all for a fee of five guineas! It ciliation certainly.

is a strange fact, and one which A few moments unfolded to the goes far in proof of human disintera visitor another, though not much estedness, that this heavenly society different scene in the Kildare-street is almost exclusively composed of Association.* The one displayed bi- lawyers. gotry struggling for ascendancy, the Every doubt as to dominion was other bigotry after having gained it. now satisfied-at least, so far as the

• This association is one of the great sources of jealousy at present in Ireland; its founders allege that it has no other object than the diffusion of education and morality -- its opponents, amongst whom the most furious are the Roman Catholic clergy, declare that its real purpose is proselytism. It must be confessed, that those who conduct it are not the most favourable to the claims of the Catholics, and certainly the zeal professed for their moral improvement does not quite correspond with the bigoted anxiety for their political degradation. While upon this subject, however, we cannot but lanient the culpable negligence evinced, until very lately, by the Roman Catholic priesthood towards the intellectual instruction of the laity. They are now, it appears, in a state of actual fever in consequence of a declaration by Mr. North in Parliament, that such books as “ Moll Planders” formed manuals for the children of the peasantry in their hedge schools-it appears also, however, fortunately for the assertion, that the able and patriotic Captain Rock himself gives the very same list of hornbooks, including the disclaimed Moll Flanders, as the library of the Roman Catholic children. Such authority as Captain Rock's upon any Irish question is not to be disputed. The present Chief Justice of Ireland is fond of relating a characteristic story upon this subject. A boy about ten years old, of whose moral capability of appreciating the value of an oath he had some doubt, came before him to give evidence ; upon which the following dialogue occurred “ My little boy, do you go to church ? " ** No-I am a Roman.”—“Well, do you go to chapel ? " “ Yes—1 play ball against the gable." “ Do you

creed ?” " No. "_" Or the commandments ?”. " No." “ Or the Lord's Prayer ?”. ** No.”_" Do you know your priest?”. “ Yes, I heard tell of Father Phelim." Did you ever speak to him?_" Yes, once.”_" What did you say to him ?”.

I axed him to give me a penny for houlding his horse, and he bid me go be damned.” It must be confessed, however, that many Catholic schools are now established, and the priesthood are fast redeeming themselves from a hitherto too just reproach.

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