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JAMES COTTER MORISON, M.A. Oxon.
“Iy I were an Irishman I would be a rebel."- Reported words of
“When popular discontents have been very prevalent, it may well
BURKE's Thoughts anoBuse of the Present Discontents.
TO THE READER.
The writer of the following pages feels that he cannot allow the ridicule which frequently attaches to a palinode to deter him from remarking that the sentiments here expressed are in many respects opposed to the tenor of an article he wrote in the January number of the Fortnightly Review. That article was the too hasty expression of a of opinions that sprang, in great measure, from national prejudice, from an inadequate knowledge —which he may perhaps also qualify as nationalof the actual grievances of Ireland, and from insufficient meditation on their causes past and present. A visit to Ireland, extending over several weeks, and devoted to the exclusive study of Ireland and her history, has wrought in the writer's mind a grave change of convictions. He