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he say for himself ? ' I shall read his own words for you [Herə Counsellor O'Connell read a part of Mr. Ellis's address from a newspaper.] So gentlemen, he tells you himself, that “professions are always suspicious, and, in general, insincere ;" and he proceeds in the next sentence to make professions! He first tells you that they are suspicious and insincere, and he then offers them to you !!! Gentlemen, Cæsar's wife should not only be pure, but she should be above suspicion. Is Ireland so fallen, that this man, thrust forward by a faction, is to be forced upon a people. Can so savage a faction be found, that at the shrine of Grattan, would seek to foment the bloody strife of Christian animosity?

Gentlemen, I have seen my country a nation, with her peers in the land, and her senators about us ; we have lived to see her a province. Our petitions are forwarded through the postoffice, and even now bigotry and persecution would bow before their filthy idol. Yet, in speaking of the present state of my country, perhaps I may be permitted to pay the humble tribute of my praise to Earl Talbot, and the Chief Secretary, Mr. Charles Grant, for their impartial conduct as connected with its government. I speak not this as seeking any place for my cousin, or any other relative--I leave that to those police officers who had better adhere to their stations, than interfere in the election of a candidate to represent this city. I would not see the representation of this city made the property of a stationer, or paper manufacturer to give to whom he pleases.

Gentlemen, young Mr. Grattan has always acted an open, apright, honest, candid IRISH part; he bears a name that can never be forgotten or neglected in Ireland; he is the only legacy liis father has left to his country, and where is the Irishman who will refuse to act as executor ?

Gentlemen, it may be asked, why is not young Mr. Grattan here! Oh! let no man reproach him that he is not here. Alas! he is paying the last sad duties to his lamented father.

Au anonymous letter has just been put into my hands, gen. tlemen, convening a meeting of the friends of Mr. Ellis, and calling upon them to support him as the most loyal and constitutional candidate. I ask you who is the most loyal man ! Is it not him who would support the dignity, and strengthen the security of the throne, by encircling it with the affections of the people? I ask you now who is the least loyal mani le it not him who would weaken the resources of the constitution

by shutting out a great portion of the subjects of the realm from a just and equal enjoyment of its advantages ?

But, gentlemen, this letter is even misspelled, and that in che very first sentence. [Here Mr. 'O'Connell noticed, in the letter, the spelling of one word "CANDITATE.”] The letter concludes, by requesting the friends of Mr. Ellis to wear Orange ribbons in their breasts. I conjure my countrymen to wear no party emblems, but let the name of Ireland be engraven on their hearts.

1 ask all those around me do they love their country? Let every man that hears me carry my question home with him. I entreat you all, by one great effort, to save your country ever now, whilst the children of her manufacturers are starving, whilst her shop-keepers are without business, her merchants shuddering, and her banks breaking Still, still, she is worth saving--worth! Oh! what is sho not worth, possessing the greenest land, the finest harbours, and the richest verdure ? Celebrated even in

for the beauty of her vales, possessing a people brave, generous, and hospitable, is she not worth saving ? Gentlemen, we have a duty to perform, let no man shrink from it—it is not mine alone, but yours (looking round to different gentlemen), and yours, and yours, and yours. Let us unite to put down bigotry—it is the cause of our country that is at stake ; let us rally round that cause, and let our motto be Grattan and Ireland !

In giving utterance to these sentiments, which were enthusiastically applaude:1, Mr. O'Connell was speaking the sincerest feelings of his heart. It had, unfortunately, been necessary for him, in the strict discharge of his duty to Ireland, to differ froin that great man on more than one occasion, and to differ very widely too. The “veto," or "securities" question, was a notable instance in this respect, as the reader has seen not many pages back. But he ever recognized to the fullest, the genius and the great services of llenry Grattan, and often took pleasure in declaring in private, as well as many times iu public, that he looked upon his own efforts as the mere carrying out of the good work of Grish legislative independence, begun by Grattan in 1782.

The “veto" question to which we have just made reference, now began, in some measure to be stirred again, and on Wednesday the 14th of June, 1815, a meeting of Catholics was held at D'Arcy's tavern, to consider and decide what member of parliament should be eatrusted with the petitions of the Catholics, now that Mr. Grattan was gone, Catholic {pinion, though very feeble in its reviving efforts, had yet made suficient advance to secure that no one should be chosen for this trust, whose sentiments were not in accordance with those of the sound Catholic majority in Ireland, on the subject of “securities.* Some chance omissions in the report produced the following letter from Mr. O Connail.



Merrion-squarc, 17th June 1820.

“SIR—The short report of the proceedings of the Catholics who met at D'Arcy's, on Wednesday last, which you gave in your last paper, is quite correct as far as it goes; but it does not jontain the whole truth. It is, I think, my duty to give the public some further information on the subject. This duty seems to me imperative— because I think we are upon the eve of another struggle—to preserve from all encroachment the discipline of the Catholic Church in Ireland. “I

may be much mistaken, but it is my firm and decided belief, that the greatest peril which that Church has in these latter years encountered now awaits her. I may also be laughed at for raising the cry of the Church in danger;' but I am quite content to endure any portion of ridicule, provided I am of any utility in rousing the Catholic people of Ireland from the destructive apathy in which they are now sunk.

“My present design is to give a few facts to the public; I shall, in another letter, with your permission, go into further details

. “ The gentlemen who have been in the habit of meeting at D'Arcy's, in Essex street, and many who have not been in the habit of meeting there, have, on the death of Mr. Grattan, resolved to give him a successor. We have, I believe, no kind of authority for doing so, save our wish to avoid the difficulty of another aggregate meeting. A committee was accordingly appointed to consider of and report a fit person to present our petition to parliament. The Committee met on Monday last, and, after a good deal of discussion, these three resolutions were unanimously passed :

“1st, That a delegation from the Committee should wait on Mr. Płunket, respectfully to inquire if he would support the prayer of our petition for relief, unconnected with, and unqualified by, any ecclesiastical restrictions or regulations.

2nd-That such delegation should report, in writing, to the Committee the answer of Mr. Plunket.

" 3rd- That in case Mr. Plunket should not thi fit to give a disc tinct answer in the affirmative—the Comriittee would report the Knight of Kerry, as a fit person to present our petition.”

“Such were, in substance, and, as I recollect, in words the resolutions of Monday last ; I give them from memory, but, I oelieve, with a good deal of accuracy.

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“The delegation was appointed; they had the honour of an interview with Mr. Plunket; they were received by him with great courtesy, and they obtained from him a written reply

“Of that reply I have a copy ; it was read repeatedly at the last meeting, but it cannot be published ; it is impossible wo should publish it, and I deeply and bitterly regret that it is so, because it contains matter, in my humble judgment, of vital importance. But it is impossible to publish it, for this reason, that in answer to a question from one of the delegation on the subject of publishing, Mr. Plunket expressed an opinion that it ought not to be published, and the delegation expressly agreed not to publish it. This is a compact which cannot be violated.

“I am, therefore, constrained from giving any of its contents. But I may say what it does not contain-and it certainly does not contain an affirmative reply to the question in the foregoing first resolution—or any thing at all like an affirmative reply to that question. The duty, consequently, of the Committee was at an end—they were bound by their own unanimous resolution to have reported the Knight of Kerry, as the person to be applied to, in order to present our petition. That was their plain duty under these circumstances—Sed Diis aliter visum.' Without rescinding the former resolution, a motion was made to report Mr. Plunket-a division took place—there were seven for the motion-seven against it—and it was decided in the affirmative by the casting vote of the chairman (Lord Fingal). Upon this contradictory proceeding, some other gentlemen, with me, seceded from the Committee, and repaired to the general meeting, where I moved an adjournment until Wednesday next, the 21st instant, which, after a long and most desultory debate, was carried in the affirmative, as already mentioned in your paper.

* There cannot be a more efficient advocate than Mr. Plunket --I have no difficulty in saying that he is beyond any comparicon the most powerful advocate in either country-England or Ireland. The only possible objection to him can arise from his opinions on the subject of legislating, not for the civil rights, but for the religious doctrine or discipline of the Catholic Church in Ireland—20 man in existence more fit for the one, and there cannot, in my judgment, be any person more unfit for the other lind the reason why I think him thoroughly unfit to legislate for the religion or discipline of the Catholic Church is one which does him 20 discredit. It is because he entertains conscientious obiections to the allowing our ccclesiastical discipline to remain in its present state ; I respect his conscience, but I will preserve miy own.

“ To my judgment, no emancipation can be of any avail, bur such as shall be satisfactory to all parties.

It should not participate in any, even the slightest degree of a victory by the Catholics over the Protestants. On the contrary, it should come as q kind concession from the Protestants, and be received in the spirit of affectionate gratitude by the Catholics. It should, in short, be precisely similar to the relief granted in 1778—to that conceded in 1782—to that bestowed in 1792—and, finally, to that of 1793. In those years there was no mention of any interference with the discipline of the Catholic Church. The Irish parliament felt that, as Protestants, they were incompetent to form a just notion of the details of our religion, and as legislators, that the best and only security for the state was in our affections and allegiance.

“The experience of upwards of forty years has shown that the Irish course of emancipaton was as secure as it was beneficent. Why should it be now departed from ?

“For the present, I shall only add—that our first duty seems to be to procure emancipation as Catholics, if we can—and if we cannot, then, as Catholics, to remain unemancipated. In either event, to remain Catholics in discipline as well as in doctrine. 6. I have the honour to be, your obedient servant,

“ Daniel O'CONNELL.*



The adjourned Catholic meeting was held at D'Arcy's, in Essex-street, on Thursday. It was so numerously attended that there was scarcely accommodation in the house; the rooms, lobbies, stuir-head, &c., were all crowded.

John O'Connell, Esq. * having been called to the chair-
Counsellor O'Conneil'rose and addressed the meeting nearly to the following effect:-

Gentlemen, I hold in my hand some resolutions, which I beg leave to preface by a fow observations. I deem it necessary to submit these resolutions to the sense of the meeting, previous to

* Brother to Mr. O'Connell, for many years a resident landed proprietor of the county Kerry, krcatly and justly esteemed and respeter, and now (Norecider, 1853), recently sead At Üsvre, in France.

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