History of the Rebellion in Ireland, in the Year 1798, &c: Containing an Impartial Account of the Proceedings of the Irish Revolutionists, from the Year 1782, Till the Suppression of the Rebellion; With an Appendix to Illustrate Some Facts; The Second EDI

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Excerpt from History of the Rebellion in Ireland, in the Year 1798, &C: Containing an Impartial Account of the Proceedings of the Irish Revolutionists, From the Year 1782, Till the Suppression of the Rebellion; With an Appendix to Illustrate Some Facts; The Second Edition, With Considerable Additions; And a Preface, Containin

To form a statement of the inconsistent objec tions made to this little work by counterfeit, and even by some real, but ignorant and unref fleeting, loyalists, would be to fill a volume as large as the work itself, with a heterogeneous mass of absurd matter. So far as any consistent meaning can be collected from such a mass, the substance appears to be this, that I have not described all those who, by inclination, or acci dental circumstances, were arranged on the side of loyalism, as free from every infirmity of hu man nature, and endued with every virtue, parti cularly those of clemency and courage. That I have not depicted all those who, by previous de sign, or by accident, were found on the Opposite side, as destitute of every virtue, and though cowards; yet, by some strange fatality, expo sing themselves in such manner to the swords and bullets of the armed saints, as to have been slaughtered in thousands m every encounter; while, among the saints, notwithstanding the intrepid exposure of their persons to the guns and pikes of the immensely more numerous rebels, very few were killed or wounded.

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