An Historical Apology for the Irish Catholics

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J. Harding, 1808 - Catholic emancipation - 190 pages

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Page 116 - 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 180 - N 2 storm, to all the jibes and jobs of Protestant ascendancy. Not only a Protestant lord looks down upon a Catholic lord, and a Protestant gentleman on a Catholic gentleman, but a Protestant peasant on a Catholic peasant ; and in proportion as the degrading scale descends, the expression of contempt becomes more marked and gross.
Page 178 - Catholic suffers the three most poignant feelings than can touch the human heart. The government of his country passes a vote of censure on him. • His fellow-citizen expresses his contempt for him, and expresses it with impunity. The child of his affection blushes for him, and mourns for himself, when he learns that he necessarily inherits from his father a blot and a reproach, which no private virtues, or mental endowments, can obliterate or conceal.
Page 45 - ... the Irish Roman Catholics must be bigots and rebels, from the very nature of their religion, and who have advanced this falsehood in the very teeth of fact, and contrary to the most distinct evidence of history. The Irish Roman Catholics bigots ! The o Irish Roman Catholics are the only sect that ever resumed power, without exercising vengeance.
Page 181 - Catholic religion, without ever taking into consideration, the injustice with which the professors of that religion have been treated? ."'•' • The Protestants, in their terror of persecution, have become persecutors ; their alarm at Catholic atrocities has made them atrocious ; to hear them speak, one would imagine that they had been the patient and uncomplaining sufferers, from the reign of William till George...
Page 178 - O hearts of barbarians, of zealots, of Protestants! the flames which made the name of Bonner accursed, the hideous night of St. Bartholomew, are not so great a disgrace to the character of man, as your cold contriving bigotry.
Page 179 - These men merely made a mistake ; they worshipped a demon, and thought him God. But you, with perfect possession ofyour faculties, with a calm pulse, and minds unaffected by the slightest emotion, perpetuate statutes, to gall the best and most honourable feelings of many millions of men, whose sensations of pleasure and pain are exactly of the same nature with those from which your own happiness or misery is derived.
Page 44 - Brown had made, to the injury of the See of Dublin; and certainly this step was full as agreeable to the rules of law and equity, as to popish zeal. " The assertors of the reformation during the preceding reigns were every way unmolested, or as the Protestant historian chooses to term it, were allowed to sink into obscurity and neglect. " Such was the general spirit of toleration that many English families, friands to the reformation, took refuge in Ireland, and there enjoyed their opinions and worship...

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