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Bancroft Library COBBETT’S WEEKLY REGISTER, Vol. 53.—No.'l.) LONDON, SATURDAY, JANUARY '1; 1825. [Prite 6d:

Published every Saturday Morning, at Seven o'Clock.



urging it on with manifest effect

and fair prospect of success, never CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION. would his words have been re

garded as * seditious,” never

would informers have been lisARREST OF MR. O'CONNELL, tened to against him, never would ON A CHARGE OF SEDITION.

he have been arrested and held to bail.

But, before I gofaliy farther in
Kensington, 291h Dec. 1824.

of remark


this transA King of France (says an old action, let me put upon record story) said, one day, to his Minis- the circumstances of the arrest ter, “What do these Swiss Can- itselt. These circumstances are " tons mean by behaving in this curious; and, besides this, we “ manner towards me ?" *• in- shall have to refer to them heredeed, Sire," answered the Minis- ater. ter,

" the Swiss Cantons have At about half past five o'clock truth and justice on their side." " yesterday evening, December “ Hare they?" said the King of“ 20, 1824, as Mr. O'Connell had France," then, by I will just returned from the Comgo to war with the Swiss Can-" mittee of the Catholic Associa. "tons to-morrow morning.” And,“ tion, where a great deal of bu. if Mr. O'Connell had put forth “siness had been transacted, Ala parcel of lies and of nonsense at derman Darley and Mr. Farrell, the Meeting of the Catholic Asso-" the Constable of Police, were ciation; if he had made himself “ ushered into his study. After an object of the ridicule instead of the usual salutation, the Alderthe admiration of the public; if, man said, that he came in his in short, his cause had not been official capacity, to save Mr. righteous, and he had not been “ O'Connell the trouble of attend


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ing at the Pplice Office, to enters" will enter into the recognizance into a recognizance' to appear" as I am not to know for what ; at the next Sessions, which he “ and I am bound to say, that you

was directed by the Attorney “ have done your part with per“ General to call on Mr. O'Con- “ fect politeness and civility. ¢ nell to enter into.

“The Alderman then produced “Mr. O'Connell-Upon what“ a recognizance, conditioned to “ charge, Mr. Alderman !

" appear at the ensuing Quarter “ Alderman Darley-Upon a “ Sessions, to commence the 2d “ charge of having spoken sedi- " or 3d of January, we do not “tious words at the last Meeting "know which. This recognizance “ of the Catholic Association. "Mr. O'Connell executed, but

“ Mr. O'CONNELL- What " said, " Why, Mr. Alderman, “ words am I charged with har. " this directly interferes with my “ing spoken?

“ intended journey to England, “Alderman DARLEY—I am not “ could you not take it, as there " at liberty to inform you ; you

are as yet no bills found, for the “must apply to the Attorney-Sessions after next, or for the “ General.

* Term." “ Mr. O'Connell---Carl


"Alderman DARLEY - I have « know the name of the Informer? 1 rio discretion upon that subject;

“ Alderman DARLEY — 1 am “ upon that also you must apply " not at liberty to tell you ; you to the Attorney-General.” “must apply to a higher quarter ; There, then, is the THING'S “ I come merely to inform you, first move! Every man of sense, in " that legal documents have been England, said, that the THING “ laid before me, that entitle me would do something. What it “ to require from you a recogni- would do, no one could guess; but,

zance to appear at the next Ses- it was clear, that, if it did nothing, "sions. I wish to give you the there would be Catholic Emanci“ least possible trouble. I have pation almost immediately. It will

come to your own house for that come at last, let the THING do

purpose, and I will take your what it may; but no man, who has "own recognizance, without re- studied the character of this match“quiring any person to join you. less “ Old Glorious ” THING,

“Mr. O'CONNELL—Then, Mr. could suppose that it would not " Alderman, I submit at once. I do something. This first move is


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. in its old way: in the Pitt, Personable practices;" and, when cival, Sidmouth, and Castlereagh SIDMOUTH brought in the Bill, way. In 1817, when “ Two- he distinctly stated, as a reason Penny Trash” was rousing the for it, that the publications then people to petition for Parliamen- going on were such, that the lawan tary Reform, every one said to officers of the crown could find me, “By - they will stop nothing in them to prosecute with you!" I said: “ How can they any chance of success !!! Oh, “ stop me! I write nothing that admiration of surrounding na“ can be called, that can be tor- tions ! LORD HOLLAND asked “tured, into a libel. How, then, SIDsouTB, why, if there were " are they to stop me ?” The re- such seditious works going forth ply was: “ They will, for they from the press, he did not cause “ must: they must stop you, or them to be prosecuted; to which *

you will stop them: no matter the latter answered, that he had “ hovo; some how or other they laid them all before the law“ will do it."

officers, and that they could find The THING then went to nothing to prosecute, such was work, at first, in an odd sort of the art and malignity of the wriway. The first move came from ters! Therefore, the Power-ofthe Stamp-Office! The attorney Imprisonment Bill was passed ! of that office gave notice of a One of my sons brought me, from charge for stamps upon a pamphi. the House of Lords, an account let, as if it had been a news ofthis speech of Sidmouth. “Oh! paper; and, as the English papers then,” said I, we must strike informed me in Long Island, the our tent and be off." charge against me amounted to were; but, the THING felt the about a hundred thousand pounds! effect of the long arm across the Oh, brave THING! I have never Atlantic ocean; and, what is more, heard any more of that charge I did, in that country, to which I from that day to this.

fled, that which the THING will However, there were soon other never, as long as it shall exist, modes resorted to, which soon cut cease to feel the effects of; and short all argument and all law. yet I never did or said any thing SIDNOUTA and CASTLEREAGE were unlawful, according to those laws authorized to shut up in prison which were my birthright. every one,“ suspected of trea I care not whether the tithe and

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