Sayfadaki görseller

cheered the royal party there, “Cultivate,” said he, “the affection of the poople. Instil into their minds the blessings of good and equal government, and in the combined energies of an approving people you will find the best bulwark for your throne, and the best security to your dominions." This is the advice he then gave, and the wisdom of this advice, it is believed, is now felt and adopted.

It has been said, and I trust it is true, that his illustrious brother, the Duke of Wellington, has added another ray to the star of his fame, by refusing to join the Holy Alliance in tho invasion of peaceful and neutral states. "May the admonition of the Marquis of Wellesley be the monitor of his decision !

In the same language the noble Marquis will now address his Majesty and the British parliament. He will point out the unisery that mischievous faction has entailed upon the country, and assure England, as he assured Spain, that the best security to the throne and constitution is ever found in the united ener gies of a united people. And whenever the liberties of Spain are consummated, and Ireland made prosperous in the union of her children, the gratitude of the admiring world must surround the man, the wisdom of whose counsels essentially aided the one, and the fearless energy of whose impartial administration achieved the other. (Continued cheering for several minutes.)

It is our duty, my lord, to co-operate in the achievement of this goodly work. Let the Protestant join the Catholic in discountenancing the green badge of Ribbonism, and the Catholic, in turn, unite with the Protestant in abolishing the ribbon emblematic of Orangeism ; for in the abandonment of every symbol of faction, and in the annihilation of every illegal associatiou in Ireland, the peace and prosperity of Ireland can only find a commencement and a basis. These, my lords and gentlemen, are the sentiments which this occasion, and the presence of this respectable and thronged assembly inspire in my mind.

I am grateful for the attention with which I have been received-grateful, too, for the cheers which have greeted menot for any idle vanity I take in them, but because they convince me that the sentiments I have uttered, find their echo in she approbation of all who hear me, and, still more, because i recognize in them the united and concordant sentiments of my Protestant and Catholic fellow-countrymen. I trust the union of this day may be perpetual. I fondly hope so, as it is only from the perpatuity of such an uniou we can ever expect to please the King, to make the people happy, or the nation great,

The learned gentleman sat down amidst the loud and general cheering of the meeting

An address was brought forward by the committee, and for the first time, but not the last, Daniel O'Connell and the Orangemen's pet, the late Sir Abraham Bradley King, wen brought into friendly contact. Moved by Daniel O'Connell, Esq., and seconded by Sir A. B. King, Bart.,

“ 7. RESOLVED—"That the address now reported by the committee be adogan ted as the address of the meeting, and that the Right Hon. the Lord Mayor bo requested to piesent the same, in the most prompt and respectful manner, to his Excellency.

“8. RESOLVED—"That the Lord Mayor do now quit the chair, and that his Grace the DUKE of LEINSTER do take the same.'”

The offenders in this "conspiracy," two carpenters named Handwich, und a shoemakor damed Graham, were capitally committed, but a Dublin grand jury, of " the right sork" ignored the bills.

Early in the summer of the year, the summary of whose public events, connected with Mr. O'Connell, we are now coneluding, he sent his family to the South of France, for tho benefit of Mrs. O'Connell's health. They embarked at«Dublin for Bordeaux, and thence proceeded to the town of Pau, in the departmeut of the Basses Pyrenees, to await his coming.

In the month of August, he was enabled to leave Ireland to join them, and, proceeding by Dover and Calais, first visited his relative, General Count O'Connell, in Paris. During his journey thence through France, to the soąthward, a trifling incident occurred, wbich afforded him much amusement.

One of his fellow-passengers in the Diligence was a French sea-captain, whether of the waval or the merchant service did not appear. He was a fine well-looking man, of prepossessing appearance and manner, until, after being in the vehicle some time, he found out that he was in company with what he supposed an Englishman; at once his whole demeunour changed-very possibly with the recollection of some injuries sustained at son from English cruisers—and he commenced, and kept up, a continued fre of abuse and denunciations of the English, and everything belonging to them.

From time to time he paused, as if to see what effect his violence might have on the Englishman, as he conceived Mr. O'Connell to be. Provoked at the uninterrupted equanimity of the latter, and at, perhaps, seeicg something like a smile upon his face, be re. newed his philippics with greater virulence than before, but with no greater effect upon him whom they were intended to irritate. At length, losing all patience, he turned directly to Mr. O'Connell, and giving vent to a still more violent and roughly-worded anti Anglican diatribe than before, he asked him

" Do you hear me, monsieur ?- do you understand me zno “ Perfectly," was the quiet reply.

" Eh bien-comment, donc-have you nothing to say to me after that? Do you not rosent my attack on your country and your countrymen ?"

"I have no cause to resent anything you have said, On the contrary, I think much of It is richly deserved. Besides, you have not attacked my country, nor my countrymeil"

" Comment! Monsieur est Anglais-n'est ce pas ?" "Non, monsieur, je suis Irlandais, à votre service et n'ai nullement raison do mno fächer."

It still required a little explanation before the excited Frenchmen eould entirely comprehend the extent of his mistake; but the moment he did so, his demonstrations of hos fility were changed to those of the greatest delight; and, during the rest of the time they. were travelling together, nothing could exceed his politeness and anxiety to show his Irish eupanion every attention in his power.

The laiter part of his journey Mr. O'Connell had to post, and bad to encounter w laws agreeable incident than that just related. Having, through a misconception of his ordera, been taken along the route to Bayonne, instead of that to Pau, and not ascertaining the error until just at the close of a most exhausting day, during which he had been keeping himself up with anticipatirs of immediately seeing his family, he learned, in answer to an inquiry as to the exact distance yet between him and Pau, that he was at the second o third last stage from brone, and nearly forty leagues, by cross roads, from his real des tination. The miserable right travelling to get back into the right road, and the long lorg day of weariness tliat followed, were long most disagreeabiy remembered.

After a few weeks' sojourn at Pau, he brought his family to Tours, where he left them to spend the winter, and returned to his public and legal duties in Ireland. His son More gan, who had now been two years returned from South America, accompanied him as faz As Paris, and there parted him, to join the Austrian army, as a cadet in a light dragoon regiment.


Tax outrage in the Dublin theatre, committed against the Marquis of Wellesley, gave rise to a multitude of meetings, besides that we have already noticed, at all of which addresses were agreed to, and forwarded to the Lord Lieutenant. The county of Dublin met at Kil: mainbam, on Wednesday, the 18th of January, 1823 - the High Sheriff in the chair.

To one of the resolutions which went to attribute the outrage in question to a "cono spiracy; "--the High Sheriff a little demurred, as not being, in his opinion, a question within the object of the meeting. A gentleman present expressed his concurrence in the Sheriff's view of the matter, and suggested further, that ti:c men were yet untried, who stood aharged with the outrage, and their case might be prejuiccd.

MR. O'CONNELL had listened with respectful attention to the objection which the High Sheriff had made to putting the resolution from the chair, and had also listened to the very respectable young gentleman (Mr. Hamilton, jun.), who had very properly stated his additional ground of objection and opposition to the resolation. He hoped, however, that if he were fortunate enough to remove the objections of Mr. Hamilton and the High Sheriff, he would have the honour of their concurrence with him as to the propriety of the motion being put.

The Sheriff's objection was, that the proposed resolution did not come within the limits of the requisition under which the meeting had been convened. He should respectfully submit, however, that the resolution was not only a part, but a necessary and an essential part of the proceedings of the day, as implied in the requisition.

They had met to address his Excellency—upon what occasion? Upon his escape from an attempt at assassination ; and from a conspiracy of which the interchange of signals--the aggregatioa of a knot of persons in one part of the theatre-their riotous deportment the heavy missiles hurled--and their inflammatory printed placards, gave irresistible attestation. It was, therefore, impossible-plainly impossible---to separate that resolution, from the object of the requisition.

Besides, he would respectfully remind the Sheriff that his constitutional duty was to put the resolution, although he might not accord to the sentiment it conveyed. He (the High Sheriff) would not be held, and was not, accountable for the resolutions that might be passed at that meeting. The responsibility of these resolutions devolved upon the gentlemen who proposed and seconded them, and upon the meeting in general.

With regard to the objection made by Mr. Hamilton, that the resolutiou prejudged the case of the accused persons, he felt that if it involved an undue anticipation of justice, he would be the last person to say one word in favour of it.

To prejudge a case, two circumstances were necessary. First, that it should anticipate an event which was about to occur ; and, secondly, that it should refer to persons who were concerned in that event. No name or person was introduced into the resolution, and therefore it did not possess that qualification of prejudging a

As to that portion of it which stated the outrage to be an "attempt at assassination," it surely did not prejudge any case ; as, by the admission of Mr. Hamilton himself, the capital charge wis with irawn; and, therefore, the question of assassination would not be discussed or entertained in any trial that might take place on the subject of the outrage. (Much applause.) But as they knew the outra re to be literally an attempt at assassination, they had a righ: to assert their opinion, belief, and knowledge. He (Mr. O'Connell) had himself heard the Marquis of Wellesley say,

“ Let the hand of the assassin strike now !" He had used the term of assassination, and he asked the meet. ing, could they, iu truth and justice, do less than assert it also ?

The Sherit expressed himself satisfied with the reasons adduced by Mr. O'Connell, as to the propriéty of putting the resolution, and it was accordingly put and carried.

Mr. Burne, king's counsel, next offered himself to the meeting, and, after a very anl. mated speecli concluded by moring three resolutions, the first of which was, “to trace the late outrage to a desperate and disappointed faction, and to call for the interposition .X the strong arm of the law to defeat its machinations, and thereby prevent the recurrence of so odious and disgraceful an atrocity."

The Rev. Tighe Gregory strongly protested against the general inculpation of the Orange oody, by the terms of Mr. Burne s resolution. The Higit Sheriff supperted him,

Mr. O'Connell was convinced the High Sheriff would do what be thought was rig - I was glad to find those persons who


had once beea suspected of disloyalty, now ready to exert every rerve in proclaiming to the world their conviction that a friend filled the throne, and that a generous and merciful monarch

was their legitimate prince! He dwelt on the necessity of , putting the resolution, and solernnly declared that if any reso.

lution, expressive of the folly of Ribbonism of its madness and absurdity, had been under consideration—and to these Ribbonmen he would say, “ You are not Roman Catholics if you belong to a society collected together for the purposes of an archy")--i1 such a resolution were before the meeting, he would be bound to sign it; and he himself would borrow, if possible, a voice of thunder, to drown a Ribbonman, that should be heard from the Giant's Causeway to Cape Clear. He thought the same necessity existed for expressing abhorrence at the illegal society he now alluded to. It the High Sheriff refused, such an act would be throwing his shield over those whom the meeting wished to oondemn. He was convinced he was utterly incapable of countenancing any party whatever.

A warm discussion took place on this point, but at last the High Sheriff. yielded with regard to it also; and Mr. Burne's resolution was put and carried unanimously.

A committee was then appointed to draw u.) an address to his excellency -Mr. Hamilton, sen., Mr. O'Connell, Mr. White, M.P., county Dublin, Lord Cloncurry, Mr. Burne, K.C. BIr. Evans, and Mr. O'Neill. Retiring for a short while, they speedily returned with the eddress, which was read by Lord Cloncurry.

Mr. O'Connell then expressed his pleasure at Mr. Hamiltou's having nominated him upon the committee, where the utmost unanimity had prevailed. He had chanced to be the only Catholic on it, and was happy to bear his testimony, that there had not been a gentleman on it whose liberality had not ex ceeded his own.

He was also very happy, indeed, to remark the unanim.ty of the meeting. From one quarter only and in ono instance, had there been observed any difference of opinion on the necessity of a strong and determined expression of public abhorrence of the late flagrant and vile outrage. The gentleman by whom that difference of opinion had been expressed, was in error (said Mr. O'Connell), and I feel happy in correcting him. He talked of the principles that placed the king upon his throne—the principles that placed him there were those of civil and religious liberty. (Cheering.)

I would tell the reverend divine that his Majesty the King sits on the proudest and greatest throne in Europe, because a revolution had hurled a bigot from his seat, to make room for

« ÖncekiDevam »