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his protest against the political principles announced in the publication alluded to, and he could not allow that the professors of Maynooth, or the Catholics generally, had any great cause for gratitude, although bound to the government by their allegiance but surely it was not for a reduced grant of money, or a sum so paltry, when compared with the sum allowed to the Kildarestreet Association, in support of a disguised system of proselvtism, a miserable pittance for the education of a priesthood; to whom the religion and morals of seven millions of persons are entrusted, not one-fifth of the allowance for charter schools, anı trifling, indeed, when compared to the enormous sum allotted to the support of an establishment whose duties are scarcely more than nominal in Ireland.

So far from being spoken of as a subject of gratitude, it ought to be made a subject of parliamentary interference, and, by next sessions, he hoped to have the measure brought before parliament, demonstrating the impolicy of the present illiberal, ungenerous, and pitifui proceedings towards the College of Maynooth, and showing how the govern:nent may not only obtain the gratitude of the college, but the affections of the people.

The point upon which he (Mr. O'C.) differed materially from the learned and reverend personages, was their unhappy quotation from a profane writer, Tertullian. As to their attachment to the king, he most cordially and heartily agreed with them, and joined in their wishes for the prolongation of his Majesty's health most sincerely and heartily; as to the bravery of the army, that need not be prayed for, for there was not so brave an army in the world. But for a devoted senate, that prayer might have been an appropriate one under a Roman despot, but he hoped never to see such a senate established under the sanetion of the British constitution, which intended it as a check to the power of the executive—a sentinel to guard the people's rights, and not an instrument of power to destroy the country's freedom.

He could not think why the professors thought it necessary to introduce that quotation, as if the Catholic clergy would resist an act of justice so necessary as a reform in parliament. Nay, he would go further, and notwithstanding that he fully and unconditionally submitted to the authority of the Church, in matters of faith, yet as parliamentary reform was a political affair, and supposing the clergy declared against it, he would 310t surrender his opinion, nor his determination as to the necessity of reform, and which in conscience he believed the parlinment require



The declaration alluded to from the professors was supposel by many to be an attack upon the political opinions of Doctor Doyle, and that he would exercise his powerful talents in reproving such weakness. Doctor Doyle had been frequently compared to Fenelon, and by his forbearance, charity, and self-control manifested in his letter of Friday, finished the character, and made the sketch complete—an eloquent and powerfully persuasive writer, an exemplary moralist and divine, devoid of personal pride, and setting an example of that suavity and meekness which should ever distinguish a Christian minister.

But Doctor Doyle would not be loyal, without telling the government whether they possessed the people's allegiance from duty or from affection.

Although the Catholics would adhere to the throne, yet it is wise to let the government know, that if, in the hour of England's danger, she would rely upon Ireland's devotion, she must cease to be governed by the faction that now divides her—that if England expects filial attachment from Ireland, she must extend to her parental protection; this has Doctor Doyle done zealously, but temperately—and although he has spoken candidly, he has not spoken unconstitutionally-and as a divine, his piety, toleration, learning, and talent, entitled him to the thanks of every Christian, and required from the Catholics a distinctive mark of their reverence, admiration, and affection.

Mr. O'Connell concluded by moving the following resolution :

“That the Chairman be requested to transmit to the Right Rev. Doctor Doyle the respectful expression of the gratitude and reverence of the Catholic Association, for the zeal, talent, loyalty, and piety, which have ever marked his exertions in the cause of reland.”

A conversation ensued about forged and anonymous letters, which had been received, purporting to narrate cases of grievances, occurring to, or inflicted upon Catholics, il various districts of the North of Ireland.

Mr. O'Connell recommended that no notice or trouble whatever snon.d be taken with any of them. He himself would be almost ruined in postage charges, by anonymous letcers, if the authorities at the post-office had not been so considerate as to take the:n ose his hands. These letters conveyed plenty of abuse and threats of all kinds. Indeed he had recently received no less than twelve letters, intimating to him, that he might son expect the favour of having his throat cut by the Orangemen (laughter).

A voice from behind Mr. O'Connell exclaimed : “And they are the only people who would take your part."

Ifr. O'Connell—“Heaven protect me from them at any rate. I wou.d be sorry to try's them!" (Laughter.)

e affair which occurred at the next meeting was one of those sm.. but often very

mazing annoyances with which Mr. O'Connell's path was at different tiu'45 beset, during the progress of his agitations. A spirit of small economy, commendable, no doub i itself, where proceeding from an honest and sincere intention, but often very inucn calculated to impede and cripple important political moves, manifested itself from time to time among the lesser members of committee, in respect to the management of —to use the stereotyped phrase on those occasions—“the people's money.'

." In a popular body, espe cially in Treland, where the public mind has not by any means eren yet shaken off the tendency to suspiciousness, division and distrast, engendered by the evil experience on long centuries of misrule, the man who cannot otherwise get himself into temporary notoriety, often finds his account- in raising objections, starting plausible cavils, hinting insinuations, and assuming a censorlike tone, particularly in questions about money, and of this latter description was the instance with which we have at present to deal

In this case the economy advocated by the objecting party, might have been attendai with peculiarly injurious effects to the Catholic Association, had its advocate been suc.cessful. The proposition objected to was, the giving a salary of £160 per annun to thu late respected Edward Dwyer-the secretary to the Catholic Association:

Mr. Dwyer whose eminent services and extraordinary efficiency for the office he so loug and worthily filled, need no words of ours to praise or establish, had been largely Cugaged in mercantile transactions; and although a heavy sufferer by some of those unavoidable casualties that will happen to the most prudent and prosperous merchant, was yet in such occupatiou that it was necessary to offer him a salary high for the then státe of the funds of the body, however disproportionate to his merits, and to assure him of a six months' notice of discontinuance.

Mr. O'Connell, who must be allowed to havo shown, through life, a singular quickness fu inding out the exact man wanted for any special purpose of the agitation, had fixed his oye at once upon Edward Dwyer; and events proved how well and rightly the choice la htert roade.



A MEMBER called the attention of the Association to a serious infraction of their rules

The Finance Committee had appointed an assistant-secretary at a salary of £160 per annum, with assurance of six months certain employment. This appointment he (Mr. Kirwan) complained of, because the business of the Association did not require the assistance of any additional person.

lle thought the Finance Committee had not authority to vote away the Association's thoney, without their consent, and he thought it discreditable to the Association to give cause for a suspicion of a wilful waste of the public money, while the Association was so largely indebted.

Mr. O'Connell said, that if the gentleman had not been so early in the field, he woul. have heard him (Mr. O'Connell) give notice of a motion on this very subject; and he would have learned that the Finance Committee had not, nor did they intend it, infringed upon ího rules of the Association.

The member repeated his remarks on the subject. and gave notice of a motion for having all the minutes and proceedings of the Committee laid before the Association.

Mr. O'CONNELL said, that it had always been the misfortuna cf the Catholic body that there were persons ever found who excrcised a species of ingenuity in throwing unnecessary obstacles in their progress. He did not mean that the last speaker was one of these, but his present opposition to the intended appointment woulà, if successful, prove a serious interruption to the collection of the Catholic rent.—That fund would be composed of an aggregate of very small sums, and requiring numerous and well kept accounts, explanatory and explicit to the public and subscribers. The nature of the Catholic Rent naturally begot a. multiplication of correspondence which required to be managed with skill, honesty, and ability, and there was not to be found one who possessed those qualities in a greater degree than Mr. Dwyer.

The Finance Committee, from their knowledge of his intelligence, general information, and numerous qualifications, were eager to engage him at once, and ensure him his salary for six months, for which they undertook to be personally responsible, should not the Association confirm the appointment. The negociation occurred before there could be an opportunity of submitting it to the Association, as every resolution having for its object the appropriation of money required a fortnight's notice, and it was necessary to secure Mr. Dwyer in the meantime. From the accumulation of business, and increase of correspon. dence occasioned by the Catholic rent, it required a person of Mr. Dwyer's skill in accounts, and ability, to conduct this correspondence. He felt confident that the Catholic rent would emancipate the Catholics, but its collection required to be managed with ability, in order to ensure that success ; and supposing he devoted the entire of his own time, it would not be sufficient for the correspondence which it was intended Mr. Dwyer should undertake.

He should, therefore, give notice of a motion for the appointment of Mr. Edward Dwyer, as assistant-secretary for twelve! months, at a salary of £160.

In reply to Mr. Kirwan, respecting debts alleged to be due by the Association, he said, there would be but very few of them; and whatever there were, they should be speedily diz. obarged


Mr. O'CONNELL rose to give notice of a motion for an address to the crown, praying an enlargement of the members who compose the comniission for inquiring into the state of education in Ireland.

There was, (Mr. O'C. said) a Mr. Grant appointed on the commission, but who that gentleman was he could not tell.

NR Coxway, He is a Scotch gentleman of great liberality.

Mr. O'CONNELL said, Mr. Grant being a stranger, could know nothing of the country, wiose domestic economy or local habits he was about to inquire into.

LIR. Conway–His being a stranger was considered a strong recommendation.

Another gentleman was also named, Mr. Glassford, of whom the public or thc Irishi Ecople knew nothing.

MR. O'Connell, in continuation, observed, they were two of the commissioners who had yet establish confidence by some. thing to be done hereafter. There was then Mr. Blake, another of the commissioners. Here it should be recollected that the duties of Mr. Blake's office were most laborious, and extremely troublesome; the same required four Masters in Chancery. Although Mr. Blake, by grect application, contrived to get through, and succeeded in giving universal satisfaction-for besides acquitting himself with ability, he was always to be found in his office ; yet unless he determines to relax in that attention to his official duties, he cannot effectually fulfil his appointment of commissioner to inquire into the subject of Jducation.

The appointment, therefore, of Mr. Blake, (said Mr. O'C.) is a mere delusion, in order to make a show of great liberality; and whenever, in future, they may require to make such an appearance, they have only to put in the name of Catholic Chief Remembrancer, which will give a currency and a sanction to those of a host of Orangemen or exclusionists.

As they had Mr. Blake in harness, they merely wanted o take a ride out of him. MR. CONWAY.-Mr. Blake won't suffer himself to be ridden, you may be sure

MR. O'CONNELL, in continuation, then adverted to the name of Mr. John Leslie Foster. The great and serious disadvantage, said Mr. O'C.) of having strangers upon this commission is, that they will naturally be influenced by the deservedly high character which Mr. Foster bears as coinsel for the revenue,

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