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one of the quays by Mr. Richard O'Gorman, who remonstrated with him, by stating, that he conceived, he was pursuing a very unusual sort of conduct. This occurred about three o'clock, but no challenge followed. About four, it was understood that Mr. D'Esterre was in the streets, and Mr. O'Connell paraded about with one or two of his friends, but did not come across his antagonist. A multitude soon collected about him, among whom there could not be less than five hundred gentlemen of respecta bility, and Mr. O'Connell, then, had no other resource left than to take refuge in a house in Exchequer-street. In a short time, Judge Day entered in his magisteriai capacity to put him under arrest. The Hon. Justice said, he would be satisfied, if he had the guarantee of Mr. O'Connell's honour, that he would proceed no further in the business. “It is not my duty, Mr. Justice," said Mr. O'Connell, “to be the aggressor. I will, therefore, pledge my honour that I will not be the aggressor—further, however, I must tell you, that no human consideration will induce me to go. The Hon. Judge then retired, and Mr. O'Connell shortly after repaired to Merrion-square. No challenge of any kind grew out of that day's proceedings.
On Wednesday morning, however, it was at length intimated to Mr. O'Connell, that Mr. D'Esterre intended to call upon him for a meeting, and accordingly, Sir Edward Stanley, then barrack-master of Dublin, waited upon Mr. O'Connell with a
The message was accepted; the necessary measures were ar.. ranged between Sir Edward and Major Macnamard, of the county of Clare, son-in-law of Judge Finncane, eldest son of Francis Macnamara, of Moriesk, Esq. an officer of consummate bravery and polished manners. The hour appointed was three o'clock on Wednesday; the place, Bishop's-court Demesne, Lord Ponsonby's seat in the county of Kildare, thirteen miles distant from town. It was agreed by the seconds, that the distance should be ten paces, and that each party should have a
case of pistols, to fire according to his judgement. Sir Edward Stanley, Mr. D'Esterre's friend, then addressed Major Macnamara, Mr. O'Connell's friend as follows:
Sir Edward—Well, Sir, when each has discharged his case of pistols, I hope the affair will be considered as terminated, and that we leave the ground.
Major Macnamara-Sir, you may, of course, take your friend from the ground when you please. You, Sir, are the challenger, and you may retire from the ground whenever you think proper, but I shall not enter into any such condition as you propose. However, it is probable there may be no occasion to discharge the whole of a case of pistols.
At three precisely, Mr. O'Connell attended by his second, Surgeon Mackline, and a number of friends, were on the ground, About four, Mr. D'Esterre attended only by Surgeon Peele Sir Edward Stanley (his second), Mr. Piers, and a Mr. D'Esterre of Limerick, appeared. There was some conversation between the seconds as to position, mode of fire, &c. which added to other sources of delay, occupied forty minutes. During this interval, Mr. D’Esterre took occasion to say that his quarrel with Mr. O'Connell was not of a religious nature—to the Catholics, or their leaders, he said, he had no animosity whatsoever. At forty minutes past four, the combatants were on the ground. They both displayed the greatest coolness and courage. The friends of both parties retired, and the combatants having a pistol in each hand, with directions to discharge them at their discretion, prepared to fire. They levelled
and before the lapse of a second both shots were heard ; Mr. D'Esterre's was first, and missed--Mr. O'Connell's followed instantaneousiy, and took effect in the thigh of his antagonist about an inch below the hip. Mr. D'Esterre of course feil and both the surgeons hastened to him. They found that the ball had traversed the hip, and could not be found. There was an immense effusion of blood. All parties prepared to move towards home, and arrived in town before eight o'clock.
Mr. D'Esterre's wound was declared immediately to be very dangerous, the ball had passed through both thighs and lodged in the hip, whence it could not be extracted. On the return of Mr. O'Connell to Dublin, it is impossible to describe the emotion which appeared to pervade all ranks of people on the road, when it was known that he was safe, at the same time, to the credit of the Irish character, it must be said, that a strong degree of sympathy was manifested for the individual who had perhaps, from a mistaken sense of honour, put himself forward as the champion of the corporation, on account of a mere expression which did not apply to him personally, nor was in the slightest degree meant as a personal affront to him. To speak of a body of men in their official or political character, cannot be regarded as any impeachment of private worth, nor can it be construed as an infraction of that courtesy, which is the distinguishing mark of polished society. From this view, it cannot but be regarded as rather a headstrong and unjustifiable act on the part of Mr. D'Esterre in calling upop Mr. O'Connell to answer personally for what he had uttered against a body of men in their corporate capacity, at the same time, that he might respect and esteem them for their private virtues, and a strict fulfilment of the various relations of human life. We should be justified in many points in styling the House of Commons, as at present constituted, a very “beggarly House” indeed, but we should be doing great injustice to the members of it invidually, were we to stigmatize them as " beggarly.” Mr. O'Connell held the corporation of Dublin in the most profound contempt as a body, he maligned as such, not as individuals, although in their official character, as being public property, he, as one of that public had a right to express his opinions of them, without laying himself open to the risk of being called upon by every hot-headed common councilman, who might think his character and honor aggrieved, of having his brains blown out. Were we to speak of the court of aldermen of the city of London, we should acknowledge our obligations to Mr. O'Connell for baving supplied us with the word " beggarly,” but individually we entertain a high respect for many
of them, though as a body, the opinion which Mr. O'Connell expressed of the corporation of Dublin, and that which we have generally expressed of the court of aldermen of London, exactly harmonize together. Fortunately for us, there are not many D'Esterres sitting on the aldermanic bench.
On the day subsequently to the duel, it was the sole theme of conversation in all the circles of Dublin, but still a heavy gloom pervaded the city, when it was announced by the surgical attendants of Mr. D'Esterre, that no hope whatever remained of his recovery. An hærmorrhage of the bladder took place, when the most alarming symptoms were exhibited, and surgeons Macklin and Peele despaired of his recovery. Mr. Crampton was called in and at nine o'clock in the morning they pronounced the wound mortal. Till that moment, his wife had not been at all apprised of his situation. being absent from the house, and kept in ignorance; it was, however, deemed necessary to send for her, The meeting may be imagined not a tear escaped her; she remained unmoved, and insensible. He was perfectly aware of his dissolution, and with that coolness and fortitude which he so uniformly displayed, endeavoured to urge her to composure. He next called for a clergyman, and having received the sacrament, and occupied an hour in ardent devotion, he turned his attention on worldly affairs; his relatives, who surrounded him, having apprised him that it had been insinuated in some of the public papers, that he had been urged to the business by a party, he desired that Sir Edward Stanley should be called, whom, in the presence of all his relations and friends, he embraced in the most ardent manner; he assured his wife and family that the entre of the correspondence had taken place without his consulting any individual in the world ; that Sir Edward was not acquainted with any circumstance till he was cailed or ly Mr. James O'Connell, and that all the solicitations of Sir Edward, or the whole world, would not have induced him to abandon the cause he had espoused. He then thanked Sir Edward for his exertions for him, and asked him for a packet containing his will, which he gave him on his going out; upon receiving
which, he said, now my mortal cares are over, except my reconciliation with my brother-in-law Atkins. When he was informed that he was in the house, he sent for him, and, having affectionately embraced him, whom he had been at law with for several years, he desired to be left to rest; he laid his head upon bis pillow, and in less than half an hour he breathed his last, without a single sigh.
Mr. D'Esterre was an officer of marines on board the fleet at the Nore, during the mutiny, and distinguished himself by. his courage and loyalty upon that occasion; he was so near suffering for his loyal exertions, that the rope was actually about his neck, and he was on the point of being run up to the yard arm. At the time of his death, he was a merchant in Dublin, and a government contractor. He married the accomplished daughter of Mr. Cramer, the musician.
It was generally supposed that an inquest would be held on the body of Mr. D'Esterre, and considerable anxiety was felt as to the verdict which might be delivered, involving Mr. O'Connell, perhaps, in a criminal prosecution. All fears, however, on this head were laid aside by the following handsome letter, addressed by Sir Edward Stanley to Mr. O'Connell:
“ Royal Barracks, Feb. 4, 1815. “Sir,--Lest your professional avocations should be interrupted by an apprehension of any proceedings being in contemplation, in consequence of the late melancholy event, I have the honour to inform you, that there is not the most distant intention of any prosecution whatever, on the part of the family or friends of the late Mr. D’Esterre.
“I have the honour to be, Sir,
“ EDWARD STANLEY “ Daniel O'Connell, Esq, Merion Square.” To the above Mr. O'Connell returned the following answer
“Merion Square, Feb. 5, 1815. “ Sir I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of