Memoirs of William Sampson; written by himself. With an intr. and notes, by the author of the History of the civil wars of Ireland

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Page x - He then read the following paper. " We charge them publicly, in the face of their country, with making corrupt agreements for the sale of peerages, for doing which, we say they are impeachable ; we charge them with corrupt agreements for the disposal of the money arising from the sale, to purchase for the servants of the castle, seats in the assembly of the people, for doing which, we say...
Page xv - I have before said, the moment the very name of Ireland is mentioned, the English seem to bid adieu to common feeling, common prudence, and common sense, and to act with the barbarity of tyrants, and the fatuity of idiots.
Page 231 - Thomas, Earl of Wharton, lord-lieutenant of Ireland, by the force of a wonderful constitution, has some years passed his grand climacteric without any visible effects of old age, either on his body or his mind ; and in spite of a continual prostitution to those vices which usually wear out both. . . . Whether he walks or whistles, or swears, or talks bawdy, or calls names, he acquits himself in each, beyond a templar of three years standing.
Page 194 - I have been informed by many of them that have had judicial places there, and partly of mine own knowledge, that there is no nation of the Christian world that are greater lovers "of justice than they are, which virtue must of necessity be accompanied with many others.
Page xxiv - Ireland under such a system would be too apt to invite ; but on the event of the continuation of the war — your system is perilous indeed — I speak without asperity — I speak without resentment — I speak, perhaps, my delusion ; but it is my heartfelt conviction — 1 speak my apprehension for the immediate state of our liberty...
Page 205 - Whereby it is manifest, that such as had the government of Ireland, under the crown of England, did intend to make a perpetual separation and enmity between the English and Irish, pretending, no doubt, that the i.nglish should in the end root out the Irish...
Page 216 - What is it to you, whether I make many or few boroughs ; my council may consider the fitness, if I require it; but what if I had made forty noblemen, and four hundred boroughs, the more the merrier, the fewer the better cheer.
Page 234 - And no spectacle was more frequent in the ditches of towns, and especially in wasted countries, than to see multitudes of these poor people dead with their mouths all coloured green by eating nettles, docks, and all things they could rend up above ground.
Page 215 - There came petitions to the deputy of a body without a head ; a headless body ; you would be afraid to meet such a body in the streets : a body without a head, to speak — nay, half a body — what a mons"ter was...
Page 41 - A bill for preventing revenue officers from voting or interfering at elections ? A bill for rendering the servants of the crown of Ireland responsible for the expenditure of the public money? A bill to protect the personal safety of the subject against arbitrary and excessive bail, and against the stretching of the power of attachment beyond the limits of the constitution ? And will you, as far as in you lies, prevent any renewal of the Police act?

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