History of the Irish Rebellion in 1798: With Memoirs of the Union, and Emmett's Insurrection in 1803

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G. Bell, 1894 - Ireland - 477 pages

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Page 427 - My lords, it may be a part of the system of angry justice to bow a man's mind by humiliation to the purposed ignominy of the scaffold; but worse to me than the...
Page 429 - Let no man dare, when I am dead, to charge me with dishonor; let no man attaint my memory by believing that I could have engaged in any cause but that of my country's liberty and independence...
Page 427 - I shall not forbear to vindicate my character and motives from your aspersions; and, as a man, to whom fame is dearer than life, I will make the last use of that life in doing justice to that reputation which is to live after me, and which is the only legacy I can leave to those I honor and love, and for whom I am proud to perish.
Page 425 - What have I to say, why sentence of death should not be pronounced on me, according to law ? — I have nothing to say that can alter your predetermination, nor that it will become me to say, with any view to the mitigation of that sentence which you are here to pronounce, and I must abide by.
Page 321 - ... catacombs of living death, where the wretch that is buried a man, lies till his heart has time to fester and dissolve, and is then dug up a witness.
Page 429 - I am accountable for all the blood that has, and will be shed in this struggle of the oppressed against the oppressor, shall you tell me this.... and must I be so very a slave as not to repel it ? I...
Page 430 - My lords, you are impatient for the sacrifice — the blood which you seek is not congealed by the artificial terrors which surround your victim; it circulates warmly and unruffled, through the channels which God created for noble purposes, but which you are bent to destroy, for purposes so grievous, that they cry to heaven. Be yet patient!
Page 427 - I say this for the petty gratification of giving you a transitory uneasiness; a man who never yet raised his voice to assert a lie, will not hazard his character with posterity by asserting a falsehood on a subject so important to his country, and on an occasion like this.
Page 428 - I am charged with being an emissary of France. An emissary of France ! and for what end? It is alleged that I wished to sell the independence of my country; and for what end?
Page 200 - The only crime which the wretched objects of this ruthless persecution are charged...

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