Then and now; or, Irish plots and Irish plotters

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Hodges, Figgis, 1882 - Ireland - 62 pages

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Page 35 - I think it right to mention that, at this time, the establishment of a Republic was not the immediate object of my speculations. My object was to secure the independence of my country under any form of government, to which I was led by a hatred of England, so deeply rooted in my nature, that it was rather an instinct than a principle.
Page 8 - ... the occasions and motives of this our Association, and what is intended by it : — 1. We resolve to adhere to the laws of the land and the Protestant religion. 2. We shall, as we ought, unite ourselves accordingly with England, and hold to the lawful government thereof, and to a free Parliament. 3. We declare that our taking up arms is only defensive, and not in the least to invade the lives, liberties, or estates of any of our fellowsubjects, whether Roman Catholic or others, while they demean...
Page 11 - The Roman catholics of this kingdom shall enjoy such privileges in the exercise of their religion, as are consistent with the laws of Ireland, or as they did enjoy in the reign of king Charles II...
Page 36 - ... discontent ; they were ostentations of strength, rather than solicitations for favours ; rather appeals to the powers of the people, than applications to the authority of the state ; they involved the relief of the Catholic, with the revolution of the government, and were dissertations for democracy, rather than arguments for toleration...
Page 36 - What was their import ? — they were exhortations to the people never to be satisfied at any concession, till the state itself was conceded : they were precautions against public tranquillity ; they were invitations to disorder, and covenants of discontent ; they were ostentations of strength, rather than solicitations for favours ; rather appeals to the powers of the people, than applications...
Page 24 - What sets one nation up above another, but the soul that dwells therein ? for it is of no avail, that the arm be strong, if the soul be not great. What...
Page 54 - Hoche mentioned, also, that great mischief had been done to the principles of liberty, and additional difficulties thrown in the way of the French Revolution, by the quantity of blood spilled :
Page 62 - Wert thou all that I wish thee, great, glorious, and free, First flower of the earth, and first gem of the sea, I might hail thee with prouder, with happier brow, But oh ! could I love thee more deeply than now...
Page 30 - I would now wish to draw the attention of the House to the alarming measure of drilling the lowest classes of the populace, by which a stain had been put on the character of the Volunteers. The old, the original Volunteers, had become respectable because they represented the property of the nation; but attempts had been made to arm the poverty of the kingdom. They had originally been the armed * Grattan's Speeches, vol. i., p. 212. property ; were they to become the, armed beggary?
Page 54 - when you guillotine a man. you get rid of an individual, it is true, but then you make all his friends and connections enemies forever to the Government.

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