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At this eventful period, all Europe must admire, and posterity will read with astonishment, the heroic acts achieved by people strangers to military tactics, and having few professional commanders : but what power can resist men fighting for liberty! .
In the moment of triumph, my country.men, let not your victories be tarnished with any wanton act of cruelty: many of those unfortu
nate men now in prison were not your enemies · from principle; most of them, compelled by
necessity, were obliged to oppose you : neither let a difference in religious sentiments cause a difference among the people. Recur to the debates in the Irish house of lords of the 19th of February last; you will there see a patriotic and enlightened protestant bishop, with manly eloquence, pleading for catholic emancipation and parliamentary reform, in opposition to the haughty arguments of the · lord chancellor, and the powerful opposition of his fellowcourtiers.
To promote a union of brotherhood and affection among our countrymen of all religious persuasions has been our principal object: we have sworn in the most solemn manner, have associated for this laudable purpose, and no power on earth shall shake our resolution.'
To iny protestant soldiers, I feel much in
debted for their gallant behaviour in the field, where they exhibited signal proofs of bravery in the cause.
EDWARD ROCHE. Wexford, June 7th, 1798.
These orders and proclainations were vain, The following is a letter from Bagenal Harvey to Mr. Francis Glasscott, who had written to him for his protection. DEAR SIR,
I RECEIVED your letter ; but what to do for you I know not. I from my heart wish to protect all property; I can scarce protect myself; and indeed my situation is much to be pitied, and distressing to myself. I took my present situation in hopes of doing good, and preventing mischief, my trust is in Providence : I acted always an honest disinterested part ; and had my advice been taken by those in power, the present mischief would never have arisen. If I can retire to a private station again, I will immediately. Mr. Tottenham's refusing to speak to the gentleman I sent into Ross, who was madly shot by the soldiers, was very unfortunate: it has set the people mad with rage, and there is no restraining them. The person I sent in had private instructions to propose a reconcillation; but God knows where this business
will end ; but end how it will, the good inen of both parties will be inevitably ruined.
I am, with respect, yours, &c. &c.' June 8th, 1798. . . B. B. HARVEY.
How far the shooting of men, bearing flags of truce, without orders from the commanding officer, may be consistent with strict military discipline, I shall not pretend to judge ; but certainly, a relaxation of discipline in the army was a matter on which the rebels had been instructed to rely for success, previously to the insurrection, by the chiefs of the conspiracy.
The following oaths, ordered to be administered to privates and officers among the rebels, proved as unavailing for the establishment of discipline among them, as the orders and procla. mations of their generals.
OATH OF A PRIVATE.
I, * *, do solemnly and sincerely swear, and take God, and his only son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to witness, that I will at all times be obedient to the commands of my officers; that I am ready to lay down my life for the good of my country; that I have an aversion to plunder, and to the spilling of innocent blood; that I will fight courageously in the field, and have mercy where it can be given ; that I will avoid drunkenness, tending to disorder and ruin ; that I will endeavour to make as many friends and as few enemies, as possible ; that above all I detest a coward, and that I will look upon him as an enemy, who will stand back in the time of battle. -So help me God!
OATH ORDERED TO BE ADMINISTERED TO
OFFICERS. Iy the awful presence of God, who knows the heart and thoughts of all men, and calling my country to witness, I, * *, officer in * *, do solemnly swear, that I do not consider my life my own, when my country demands it; that I consider that the present moment calls for a proof of the sincerity of that sentiment, and I am ready and desirous to stand the test; and I do aver, that I am determined to die, or lead to victory; and that all my actions shall be directed to the prosperity of the common cause, uninfluenced by any inferior motive; and I further declare my utter aversion to all alarmists, unionbreakers, and cowards, and my respect and obedience to the commands of superior officers, So help me God! .
By order of the council,
B. B. HARVEY, President.
Done at the council-chamber,
FENLON: COURT-MARTIAL AT WEXFORD,-
Mary Hall, sworn, Says, that on the morning of the 14th of ''June, in the rebellion, she sent her son with
some tea to her husband, who was the night before a prisoner with the rebels in Mr. Bayle's barn ; that soon after her son returned, and told her that his father begged she would go up directly, for he had been taken to Vinegarhill, and put into the mill, and was in fear of being immediately put to death; that she did go up, when her husband told her he was to be put to death; and, the prisoner then coming up, her husband said, “ that's the man will kill “ me, Bill Fenlon, the nailor.” The prisoner Fenlon then came into the mill, and desired her husband to come out. Witness immediately asked prisoner if he would not give her husband a trial. Prisoner said he would, but that Dan Flaherty, (a man who had sworn against her husband) should try him. Witness answered, she was contented, so he was tried, and begged he would have commpassion on her and her ten children. The prisoner then said with an oath, that he would shoot him first, and try him after