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raunstrous breach of faith ou the part of Doctor England, who was never accused of the contempt of a moral duty, for he undlertook, at the commencement, to pay Tracy's wages in full to : his wife and family every week during his confinement. Upon he (Mr. O'C.’s) hearing, while in Cork, about that period, that a report was circulated of Tracy's family being left unprovided for, he waited upon the Rev. Thomas England, as the Doctor was not in the county, and that rev. gentleman assured him that he himself paid Tracy's wife, every week, the full wages to which her husband would have been entitled if at work ; so that, instead of being neglected, the Tracys were actually in the receipt of more money than before the imprisonment; and yet the Correspondent had added that calumny to the one which appeared in the Mail.

And now he would proceed to the fourth charge. • That ho (Tracy) got an illness in prison of which he died."

The fact was that Tracy did not die for seven years after ho was imprisoned, and then it was not from an illness contracted in prison, but from a sore throat; and during the seven years he lived after this event, not one murmur escaped his lips of his (Mr. O’C.’s) neglecting him nor that he (Tracy) was his victim. It is clear such complaints would not have hurt, but served him with his employer. It would have just suited the Correspondent to be say. “We have a man in our employ, the wretched victim of this demagogue, who, but for the relief wo afford him, would long since have perished from illness and want, occasioned by his too honourable and chivalrous fidelity, to an ungrateful and seditious libeller."

But what was the fact, the man never applied to him (Mr. O'Connell) but twice for thirty shillings each time, long after he, left the prison, and which he gave him ; and a third time he wroto him a letter in which he stated distinctly and emphatically that he had no claim upon him—that his imprisonment was not oc. casioned by him but by the proprietor of the paper ; and which,

; thanking him for the other two favours, stated that he was in great want of five guineas.

He had now his letter to produce, and also a receipt for the five guineas froin the messenger who brought the letter. He fore tunately could produce evidence, and witnesses, to every circum. stance he had stated. Doctor England would shortly be in Ireland. on his way to Rome, and Mr. M'Donnell was in London. Hu would be enabled to have his trial in March next, when he ple-lyed

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himself to prove that every tittle of the calumnies lately published were false and unfounded.

He confessed that of all charges he did not expect to be accused of the vice of love of money.

He was also taxed with assuming a consequence from his popularity. That he had exhibited any such feeling he was unconscious, at least of the intention ; and if he possessed any popularity, it was the result of his feeble, out earnest exertions for the liberty and prosperity of his oppressed country. He had, when the interest of his fellow bondsmen required it, bearded the vengeance of the government-he had, when the interest of his client commanded it, bearded the authority of the bench-and he had, when the Catholic cause was to be benefited, bearded the virulence of the press—he would repeat, of that “base press," which had calumniated him,

But he respected the press generally, and no man venerated . more its legitimate functions. It was with regret he learned, that any thing which had fallen from him should have been the means of depriving the Catholic Association of the services of so able, independent, and distinguished a member of the press ls Mr. Conway For the first time in his life, he should acknowledge, that if through him (Mr. O'C.) the Catholics lost that gentleman's assistance, he had done mischief to the cause.

After thanking the meeting for the kindness and indulgence with which they had heard hiin, the learned gentleman sat down amidst the most general and hearty applanse, from the most numerous meeting we have yet seen in the rooms of the Association.

Of course, even such a vindication as the foregoing, did not save Mr. O'Connell from the calumnious attacks of the enemies of the cause, nor induce the slightest evidence of noteret on their part for their unfoundeů aspersions. Throughout his life the calumnies here refuted, and others in abundance, have been from time to time repeated and renewed; and even some of those who were at different periods working in the agitation with him, have not scrupled, because of some petty and unwarrantable exasperation against him, to take up and seek to wield the foul weapons of the worst foes to their country and their religion.


Mr. O'Connell observed, that the great utility of having sent down professional gentlemen on the inquiry at Fermanagh was now apparent, as also the propriety of abstaining, as he did at the time, from any mention of the misconduct of the magistrate, in order that the government should have the exclusive credit. of bringing the magistrates before the proper tribunal without: any public suggestion; and it was consolation to see that his Majesty's Attorney-General had so promptly come forward to

discharge not more important than beneficial to the publio interests.

The persecuted peasantry would now have convincing testi. mony of the value and advantage of seeking legal redress of their grievances, instead of the horrible remedy of violence and outrage. They had only to make their wrongs known, and government would see justice done; and here was an unanswerable proof of the advantage of the Catholic Association, to whom the peasant can look with confidence as a medium for having his complaint laid before the government and the public. Since the committee were appointed to nominate a professional gen tleman to attend the inquiry in New Ross, they had received intelligence that it would take place on Monday, and in consequence had appointed, at the least possible fee that could be given to professional gentlemen, Counselior Bric, and Mr. Corcoran, the attorney, to attend the inquiry at New Ross, and assist the people in bringing the matter fairly before the magistrate.




MR. O'CONNELL now red, pursuant to his notice, for the appointment of a clerk for the finance department.

Mr. O'Gorman, he said, attended this meeting, not as secretary to the Association, but to the Catholics of Ireland, in order that he might have minutes of the proceedings of the Catholic Association to frame his report to the aggregate meeting. An attempt had been made to establish a secretary for the Catholic rent for each county, but no aid had yet been derived from that

There was a committee of accounts, of which, one member at least, and Mr. Sugrue, attended frequently during the week. He (Mr. O'C.) whenever he could get from court, attended to the business of the Catholic rent, and yet the most both could do was to sign documents, and give directions for answering letters.

The Catholic Rent was yet but in its infancy. They had, he believed, about £600 in hand, and the expenditure had been


about £20. They were, as yet,-in corresponuence with but is few counties. They had a right to expect being iù correspondenca with 32 counties, and 2500 parishes. Accounts would be openeil for at least one million of individuals, and thirty-two ledgers should be kept, besides an account for each city and town: and to men of business it was unnecessary to observe, that the success and prosperity of every commercial and financial undertaking depended in a great measure upon the correctness of its ccounts.

Surely such accuracy was particularly necessary in the case of the Catholic rent, when millions of persons would have to be satisfied of the appropriation of their money. Those interested in the success of the Catholic rent, must desire to have the accounts appear so intelligible, so clear, and so explicit, that no insidious enemy could succeed in raising doubts, or confirming larking suspicions as to its application.

And how were they to effect that object without a guide or compass to direct their proceedings ? Was it by the gratuitous or volunteer exertions of a finance committee, or other persons ? Experience had shown that such would be a poor reliance. It was not to be expected that individuals would entirely neglect their private concerra, to attend to the multifarious duties of an office which required a man of intelligence, who should be a good accountant, a good clerk, a man of some literary abilities, and a person of character and respectability.

Such a person he had found, and he thought it was not going too far, under all the circumstances, to secure one on whose skill and integrity he could rely, and make arrangements for his engagement at a certain rate of compensation. It was true he had put such a recommendation on the books of the Finance Committee, but he had since reflected upon the subject, and he considered that to nominate would be an assumption of power and patronage that did not belong to him—(Cries of no, no)--that the subscribers of one penny per month had as good a right to participate in the appointment of officers to the Association as the most liberal subscriber. (Hear, hear.)

It is not enough for public men to act from pure motives, but hey should also appear to do so. Their conduct should be above doubt. In the appointment of persons to situations in the Catholic Association, it would be of importance to avoid giving cause for cavil or insinuation. He thought, therefore, they should follow the mode of election adopted in the Dublin Library, the success of which institution he attributed to its

popular elections, where no autocrat assumed to rule its government, and he rejoiced to find that a spirit of wholesome jealousy had manifested itself in the Catholic Association as to the distribution of its funds and the exercise of its patronage. He could not help considering that feeling as a fortunate omen of the success of the Catholic rent; to the success of which great measure he looked with confidence to produce Catholic Emanci pation. With fifty thousand pounde a-year they would have the means of silencing the various calumniators of the Catholic peopie, and of meeting each at every threshold of his hold whenever he should possess a local habitation; they should be enabled to explain and proclaim the principles of the Irish Catholics, to state their wants to Europe, and to make the nations of the world familiar with their degradation; to procure honourably the aid and advocacy of the English and Irish press, and to obtain at least a fair trial of the merits of the Catholic claims.

England should at last becorae sensible, that it is necessary to her safety that the affections of Irishmen should combine with their allegiance, and this island become a part of her strength, and not continue a portion of her weakness. Could it be said that Ireland was not a part of her weakness, when in the time of peace an army of 36,000 men was necessary to preserve even a semblance of tranquillity? What would be their condition in time of war ? and would he not be a benefactor to his country-would be not be the best friend to his Majesty, who could present him in the hour of England's danger with an army of 36,000 men ? Would he not effectually do so, who should remove the necessity for retaining an army to that amount in Ireland, when it should march to encounter a foreign foe? But who could say that an army of 36,000 men would be sufficient for the preservation of Ireland, with a peasantry goaded by persecution, want, and despair

If the shores of this country were to be suddenly threatened oy invaders, offering the powerful stimulant of men, money, and support, one hundred thousand men would not be sufficient for the maintenance of tranquillity ; and, therefore, if the Catholic Association should succeed in removing the causes of discontent and disgust, they would make a present to his Majesty of an army of 36,000 men, besides the annual additions to it.

That mighty instrument, the Catholic rent, from which those blessings were to be anticipated, should not be left for support to the evanescent, however enthusiastic, feeling of a popular meeting. It must be established by perseverance, and pro


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