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Reign of Queen ELIZABETH, to the SETTLEMENT under
STATE OF THE IRISH CATHOLICS,
FROM THAT SETTLEMENT TO THE
RELAXATION OF THE POPERY LAWS,
IN THE YEAR 1778.
Extracted from PARLIAMENTARY Records, STATE Acts, and
other Authentic Materials.
By JOHN CURRY, M. D.
IN TWO VOLUME S.
DU B L I N:
PRINTED FOR P. WOGAN, No. 23, OLD-BRIDGE,
MEMORIALS of enlightened men, who have devoted their labours to the service of their fellow: citizens should be made public, for the sake of the examples they exhibited, as well as the leffons they left behind them. Unhappily, this justice, due to ourselves and to posterity, is too often omitted. In some countries, public benefactors have been treated with public ingratitude : Works which exposed the abuses of legislation, and prescribed a remedy, have generally passed away unnoticed, or met the reproachful alternative of persecution and penalties. History is full of such examples. It however affords a comfortable reflection, that the obstinacy of political error has been in
great degree fubdued, and the refiftance to useful sinformation appears much abated. Here the philosocopher comes in aid of the legislator, and happily the union of both, has of late procured folid advantages to this nation, and more, 'tis hoped, are in contemoplation. This change in the public mind could not
be effected by the great patriots Molyneaux and Swift,' tho' they pointed out to our countrymen, the princi. ples on which alone Irish prosperity can be established : but they encountered prejudices, from which, in their times, we could not be prevailed on to depart. It is now we recognise the maxims of these illustrious men, which teach us to think justly, and, in consequence, to act profitably.
In the list of excellent men, who have prepared materials for an impartial history of the civil commotions which involved this kingdom in misery for more than one hundred and fifty years, the Author of the following work, and of several other tracts b for the fervice of his country, is worthy to be numbered.
He very judiciously grounds his judgments on domestic facts, which exhibit, in the clearest light, the fpirit which pervaded the politics of our predeceffors during that period; and by examples, the best lessons of instruction, he points out the dismal effects of calumny and misrepresentation on the human mind. It is a tribute I owe to the memory of my
learned and virtuous friend (the author) to give the reader an account of his life and studies.
Doctor John Curry was descended of an antient Irish family, (by the name of O'Corra) inheriting a
· The patriotic spirit of the Dean seemed to flow through the veins of our Author, to whom we find he was related by his mother.
6 Historical Memoirs of the Irish Rebellion.- A History of the Gun-powder Plot.-A Candid Inquiry into the Causes of the Riots in Munster.--Three Appeals to the Lord Primate in Vindication of the Civil Principles of Roman Catholics.-A Sequel to the Candid Inquiry.-Occasional Remarks on certain Passages in Dr. Leland's History of Ireland.-A Sketch of the History of the 2d and 8th of Queen Anne.--An Essay on Fevers, &c. &c.
considerable landed property in the county of Cavan, which after a possession of many centuries, was lost in the usurpation of Cromwell, to a small part that escaped the usurper's spies, and even that was lost among the other forfeitures incurred by the Irish in adhering to the cause of the late king James, in whose service the doctor's grandfather commanded a troop of horse, and fell at the head of it in the battle of Aghrim. The doctor's father being left destitute of any real
property, took to mercantile business, by which he was enabled to give his son a liberal education; who, giving early proofs of natural talents, became ambitious of trying his fortune in a learned profession ; but disqualified by his religion from profecuting his studies in the university of Dublin, he went to Paris, where he applied clofely to the study of medicine for many years, and afterwards obtained a diploma for the practice of physic at Rheims. Having returned to his native city, his attention to the poor, and a successful practice, after some time, recommended him to persons of rank and fortune.
Grown easy in his circumstances, he left no void in life; but, in every interval of leisure from the calls of his profession, employed himself in intellectual researches, and particularly such as regarded the physical, moral and political anomalies of his fellow-creatures : but his application to history, wherein he could view men on every stage of action, and without disguise, under the influence of strong prejudices and local manners in which they were nurtured, received a spur from an incident which merits, from its consequence, to be here related.
By the like impolitic penal law, the Doctor's two fons were compelled to leave their native country, and seek employments in a foreign land. They obtained honourable ones, being both officers in the Imperial service.