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THE SPEECHES

OF THE

RIGHT HON. HENRY GRATTAN;

TO WHICH IS ADDED

HIS LETTER ON THE UNION,

WITH

A COMMENTARY ON HIS CAREER AND CHARACTER

BY

DANIEL OWEN MADDEN, ESQ.,

OF THE INNER TEMPLE.

berond edition.

DUBLIN:
PUBLISHED BY J A MES DUFFY

7 WELLINGTON QUAY.

1854.

DA 948.3 • G7

A 32

1854

DUBLIN PRINTED BY PATTISON JOLLY

12, ANGLESEA BTREBT.

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Few things are more calculated to give pleasure to those interested in the welfare of our country, than the rapid progress which education has made amongst the people within the last few years.

In the Memoir of Grattau, prefixed to this volume, I have confined myself to indicating the growth of his character and genius, to commenting on the most important crisis of his life, concluding with a general review of his career, and with some plain remarks on the inestimable value of his example. I might have gone seriatim through all the facts of his life; but, within the limited space assigned to me, there would have been room for scarcely more than a meagre abridgment of his biography. The course I have adopted seemed to be more useful.

This edition having been designed for the public, and not fur students of oratory, I have refrained from extended criticism on Grattan's eloquence. The topic has been treated of by Lord Brougham, Sir James Mackintosh, the Rev. George Croly, the late

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