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POLICY OF THE CHURCH OF ROME
THE INTRODUCTION OF THE ENGLISH DYNASTY
WILLIAM PHELAN, D.D.
Sine irâ aut studio, quorum causas procul habeo.
OCT 28 1938
It is said in the Introduction, that the earl of Castlehaven mentioned by Pinnar is the same who afterwards joined in the great rebellion. This is a mistake; the rebel lord was the son, or at least the heir, of the former.
It is very frequently said, that the evils with which Ireland is unquestionably afflicted, have arisen from the vicious policy of her more powerful neighbour. This opinion, first advanced by men who endeavoured to divert the attention of the public from the true causes of our distress, has gradually made its way into better company. If, indeed, its merits were sufficiently examined by comparing the state of the two countries, and by computing the years of their political connection, its truth would cover the ignominy of its origin, and Irishmen of all parties would have reason to complain. Many circumstances, however, are to be taken into the account, which people of a warm and generous temperament, who have read of much calamity, witnessed much suffering, and perhaps in their own persons experienced some harsh disability, are liable to overlook. The following