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NOTE V. Disabilities to which the Irish Roman-catholies are still liable,

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Oath of Supremacy in the Bill for the relief of the British

Catholics, as it passed the House of Commons in 1821,-Miscellaneous Observations


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HE English catholics entertained some hopes

of an amelioration of their condition, while the marriage of prince Charles with the infanta of Spain was in agitation. The negotiations for it, and the wish of the monarch that the catholics might be relieved from the severer part of the penal code against them, were announced by him to his parliament in the speech, with which, in 1621 he opened the sessions. “ As touching religion,”

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