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“ I next adverted to the case of the late Earl of Clare, the worst enemy Ireland ever knew; amongst other reasons, because he was the great artificer of the Union and from a familiar tale, showed how he was a living proof that the Irish were not assassins. I then ridiculed the idea of assassination as applicable to Dr. Magee. I showed that there was no possible motive for such a crime. That he had neither vices nor talents to entitle him to that distinction. That he was not formidable to any party but his own. That the Catholics should rejoice in having such an enemy-a person who shrunk from avowing what he countenanced—if not directed, in more than one place, and upon more than one occasion La person who then stood contradicted in a plain matter of fact, by the unimpeached and unimpeachable testimony of the Catholic clergy of Dublin, in their published resolutionsresolutions which not one human being was so profligately insane as to gainsay.

“I expressed my fervent wish that he should continue at the head of the Protestant Church in Ireland, and after a good deal more of similar topics, I concluded by proving that he was as safe as if he had begn of another and of a softer sex, and rode on a pillion behind a foot-boy.

“Such is the brief abstract of what I said respecting Doctor Magee; my discourse was delivered with a light heart, and to an auditory inclined to laughter. The points of ridicule are lost in translating it into the sober dulness suited to your grave and dignified columns; and although you may condemn the taste of

; the speaker, you must be much more devoid of fairness than I could, on this occasion, wish you to be, if you do not altogether, and at once, acquit me of being a stirrer up of assassination.

“ I have the honour to be, Sir, your most obedient and very humble servant,


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Our next matter refers to an occasion not of much importance in itself, but for the saks o the concluding part, we should be loath to omit it.



The friends to this society, amounting to three hundred, sat down to dinner in a magnificent pavilion prepared for the occasion. After the cloth was removed,

MR. O'CONNELL observed, in proposing the health of “His Majesty King George IV..” that the reception he had receivel


must bave manifested to him that his Irish subjects do not deserve the treatment they receive that they were not intended to be slaves of a base and grovelling faction ; but that the God who inspired them with so much generosity, bravery, and virtue, intended them to be partakers and the defenders of freedom.

The learned gentleman proceeded, in a most eloquent manner, lo state that the disposition of his Majesty and the temper of the times were favourable to the cause of Irish liberty, to ensure the success of which required only the union and energy of the ; 'eople. Mr. O'Connell then gave,

· The King."- (Four times four.)—Tune-God save the King.
“Old Ireland."—Patrick's Day.
· Marquis Wellesley."—Here in cool grot.

MR. O'CONNELL took an eloquent review of the public life of his Excellency. In India, his wise and manly conduct confirmed the British power. In Spain, he was the man who really upset the great conqueror of nations. His manly and sagacious mind clearly perceived, that unless the feelings of the people could be enlisted in the cause of government, that that government would inevitably fall before the power and the intellect of Napoleon. He advised the guarantee of a free constitutionthe people rallied round it, and Napoleon fell.

If that constitution was afterwards basely invaded—if the patriots who so bravely defended their country—who upheld the government and expelled the invader—if those great men met with no other reward than the dungeon or the scaffold-10 reproach on that head could revert to Lord Wellesley; the glory of saving nations were justly his the shame and dishonour of violating constitutions belonged to their Majesties of the Holy Alliance.

The government of his Excellency in Ireland, though coerced by a powerful faction, who were hostile to the cause of the peo-ple, had yet about it the marks of a just and popular adminiscration. There was an evident disposition on the part of his Excellency's government to deal out justice purely and impartially T'here was no hostility to liberal opinionsthere was no persecufion of the Press. The underlings of government were no longes permitted to run riot on the people.

His Excellency, coerced as he was, had little opportunity of showing any marks of favour and encouragement to the injurecl party; but the Irish were willing to do justice to his motives. Thry were so long accustomed to insult and oppression that

they willingly and sincerely applauded the governmeat, merer because it abstained from doing ill. He (Mr. O'C.) was well inclined to believe, that the Marquis Wellesley was disposed to act in this country on those just, liberal, and statesman-like views, which he carried into effect everywhere else. He, whose policy had so much improved and strengthened other countries, could not be insensible to the glory of raising his own ; of rais.

; ing her from a state of wretchedness and division, to a state of prosperity and independence. Such was the task which he hoped was reserved for his Excellency.

The spirit of the times, after all, was favouirable to the cause of Ireland—to promote that cause—to improve her condition, and to extend her liberties, he hoped, would yet be in the power, as it was in the disposition, of an orator, a scholar, and a statesman, whose talents and attainments shed so much glory upou his native country.

“The Blanchardstown Patriotic Society, and (said the Chairman) permit me to add, the health of its founder, Doctor Magee."

DR. MAGEE rose and returned thanks.
“Colonel White."- The Hary that once through Ta i'; lll.

Herc Me. O'CONNELL paid å merit:d tribute to the memory of the late Mr. White. “Rev. J. J. Deane, and St. Bridget's Seminary." -Let Erin remember the days of old Rev MR. DEANE returned thanks, and proposed — “The health of our patriotic, illustrious, and beloved Chairman-Daniel O'Connell."-Drank with the most enthusiastic applause.

Mr. O'CONNELL, returned thanks.

After various toasts and speeches, Mr. O'Connell gave the health of the Stewards ; Mr. Edmond Rorke, one of the number, returned thanks, and thus concluded

Many toasts have been drank with enthusiasm ; I shall offer one, dear to the affections of every husband and son; and with the warmest feelings of any heart, I beg to propose

"The health of Mrs. O'Connell, the pattern of Mothers—the pattern of Wives ;-a Lady whose charitable and exemplary conduct sheds lustre upon her sex and station."

MR. O'CONNELL rose to return thanks. It did not, he said, become him, të say much on that occasion, yet his feelings did not allow him to remain silent.

To the lady whose health had been so given, he owed much of the happiness of his life. The home made delightful by his family, was, after the cares ad ngitations of professional and public life, the scene of all the happiness be enoyed. He was indeed happy in that home-happy in those children, inte those minds a fond mother had early and carefully instilled a reverance for relea tan. the love of God, and the love of their country. (opplause, i

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Kr. Maurice O'Connell (eldest son of Mr. O'Connell) was requested by the meeting to act 43 pro-secretary.

After Mr. O'Connell had read the proceedings of the last meeting of the Association, the following was announced as the sum received during the week- £69 28. 2}d.

Letters were read from the Right Rev. Dr. Kelly, Catholic Bishop of Drumore, and two others from Catholic clergymen, upon the subject of education, giving details of its progress in their several localities, and the efforts they were making to extend it.


Upon a report of a sub-committee appointed to consider this case (on which an application was made to the Association for legal assistance), it was resolved, that Mr. Kavanagh be sent down to conduct the prosecution of the offeziler.




MR. O'CONNELL read a letter from a Mr. John Dogherty, an Irishman, residing in the town of Manchester, stating that the Catholics of that locality had it in contemplation to set on foot measures for the establishment of a Catholic newspaper in London.

After observations of some length as to the obvious advan: tages to the Catholic cause from such a proceeding, the writer proceeded to show its positive necessity. He attacked in sharp terms the body called the “ London Catholic Association;" and stated that the Catholics of Manchester, as well as those of several other districts throughout England, had, after considering the matter well, determined upon engaging Mr. Andrews, author of the Catholic magazine called The Orthodox Journal, as editor of the new paper, and concluded by calling upon the Association to appropriate a portion of the Catholic rent towards establish

After reading the letter, Mr. O'Connell observed that he would have submitted it to the Association on the last day of meeting, but that he was prevented from attending by imperative busi

He then moved that the letter should be inserted upon the minutes ; and in moving that resolution he should remark, that it was not the business of the Irish . Catholic Association tu enter into the quarrels of the two bodies of English Catholics for aud other purpose than that of uniting them.

The Catholics of either country could not afford to fritter

ing it.


Away their strength in petty differences amongst theinselves, when they had such formidable and persevering enemies to contend with ; and he could wish them to adopt a middle course, each yielding something to the other, in order to effect conciliation serviceable to their general interests. But he would, however, say, that he was not sorry the Catholics of England had tirown the English Catholic Association overboard, if, indeed, that phrase could be correct ; where the English Association thought themselves so superior to the Catholics of their own country and the Irish Association, although they were no more to the latter than a cock-boat to a man of war, or a canoe following in the wake of a seventy-four ; and if ever they expected to arrive at the haven of emancipation, it must be under the lee and protection of the Irish Catholic Association. (Hear, hear.)

He was, however, rejoiced to find the imperious aristocracy of English Catholics at length become active in the common cause.

The petition presented by the secretary of the English Association, against the calumniators of the Catholic religion, will make those dastardly assassins more cautious in their future reproaches against its principles. The Irish Catholics were not desirous of a connexion with the English Association.' Ireland was no better treated under Catholic than Protestant England, and the dissensions among the Irish were as ardently promoted from the English conquest to the reformation, as since the latter period.

It would certainly be a judicious disposal of a portion of the Catholic rent, to apply it towards establishing a Catholic paper in London ; and he trusted that when the Association met in October, their funds would enable them to carry their wishes on that head into effect; but it would be most essential that whoever should have the management of the Catholic paper, should have an intimate and thorough knowledge of Ireland, and her affairs and localities—that they should be able to rebut and detect more effectually the slanders of the Orange press, and dissect the fabricated statements which interested and fanatic bigots gave existence to—that they should be able so effectually to demonstrate their formation and origin, as by a happy and complete exposure to exhibit them in all their native depravity, 80 that they should not deceive any but those who were willing to be deluded.

He should sit down without any further allusion to the Orange press ; but that he recollected a late instance so strongly illustrative of what he always observed was the peculiar charis

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