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A. I cannot say. I have seen him with a drawn sword at the head of a party. They obeyed him. I remember he ordered them to fire into Mr. Joseph's Sparrow's house, and they did so.

Q. Did you know Mr. Philip Annesly?

A. I did, I saw him dragged out of the mill on Vinegar-hill, the day my husband was murdered. I afterwards saw his body lying dead on the hill.

The reader may see, from the perusal of this trial, that Andrew Farrel, so active in robbery and murder, was a very great coward. In fact, the greatest plunderers and murderers, both of the rebel and of the loyalist parties, were the greatest cowards. This is the most deplorable state of society, when the worthless find themselves able to exert their malignant inclinations with impunity. · This remarkable circumstance attended the death of Audrew Farrel, that he died in the most solemn assertion of an evident falsehood, for what he doubtless regarded as a laudable and generous purpose. When he was led to execution, and on the point of being launched into the other world, he acldressed a magistrate in words to this amount:

"Sir, to shew you on what sort of evidence fomen are liable to be condemned to death in " this country, I now, at the movient of my “ being plunged into eternity, take God and my “ Saviour to witness, that I never was on Vine“gar-hill; and if I tell a lye, may I be consigned

si to everlasting punishment !" • This, which was doubtless intended to put a stop, or at least an impediment, to prosecutions, had, from the notoriety of the matter denied, a contrary effect. Beside the above given evidence, the following affidavit was made. County of? James COFFEY, of Enniscorthy, Wexford. S in said county, gentleman, came this day before me, and solemnly made oath on the holy evangelists, that he was on Vinegarhill on Tuesday in Whitsun week, in the year 1798, a prisoner to the rebels ; and there saw Andrew Farrel, lately executed at Wexford, a commander among the rebels, while they were murdering the Rev. Mr. Pentland, Mr. Gill of Monglass, Thomas Gill, the wheelwright, and others : and that he saw, at the same time, John Gill, the wheelright, stabbed and left for dead.

He further swears that the said Andrew Farrel, by his influence among the rebels, saved the lives of deponent and of captain Blacker at the same time and place.

JAMES COFFEY. Sworn before me, at Enniscorthy, this 25th day of June, 1800,

TIIOMAS HANDCOCK.

As remarkable as the declaration of Andrew Farrel is the following: in which I am inclined to suspect somewhat of an overcharge in some points, from the gloomy state of the man's mind at the time of the confession. The Confession of James Beaghan. Taken before the

high sheriff of the county of Wexford, and John
H.. Lyster, one of his majesty's justices of the
peace for said county, the day before his execution.

I, JAMES Beaghan, acknowledge and confess that I am guilty of the crime for which I am to suffer; but that I did not commit it from ill will to the people that were murdered, but from the orders of Luke Byrne. I could not disobey him. “No person could refuse to obey the orders of the commanders. I am sure that any man in command could save the lives of the poor people. Every man that was a protestant was called an orangeman, and every one was to be killed, from the poorest man in the country. Before the rebellion, I never heard there was any hatred between Roman catholics and protestants; they always lived peaceably together. I always found the protestants better masters, and more indulgent landlords, than my own religion. During the rebellion, I never saw any one interfere to prevent murder, but one Byrne, who saved a man; I think all that were present were as guilty as those that perpetrated the murders

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it was thinking we were all equally guilty that
prevented me from flying the country. The
women were numerous, and were as bad as the
men. The rebels treated their prisoners with
great severity, very different from the way I
have been treated in gaol. They thought it
no more a sin to kill a protestant than a dog.
Had it not been that they were so soon quashed,
they would have fought with each other for the
property of the protestants—they were beginning
before the battle of Vinegar-hill. Ever since
the rebellion I never heard one of the rebels ex-
press the least sorrow for what was done ; on the
contrary, I have heard them say they were sorry
while they had the power they did not kill more,
and that there was not half enough killed. I
know that the rebels were determined to rise if
the French should come, and I believe they did
not give up half their arms; there are guns,
bayonets, and pikes, hid in the country. (...)
Now, gentlemen, remember what I tell you-
if you and the protestants are ever in the power
of the catholics again, as they are now in yours,
they will not leave one of you alive, you will
all go smack smooth ; even those that cam-
paigned with them would, in the end, have been
killed - I have heard them say so many times.
Taken before us, August 23d, 1799.

CHRIST. WILSON, SHERIFF,
JOHN H, LYSTER.

· N. B. From this mark ( :) Beaghan spoke without having been asked any questions; and spoke with an earnestness and in a manner that shewed his sincerity.

From my inquiries concerning Father Shallow, of Adanistown, I believe that he never went to Carrickburn-camp, or Scullabogue-house, except for the purpose of procuring the release of prisoners, in which he succeeded not, except that one poor girl escaped by his means, and that he was chiefly instrumental in the liberation of young Mr. Lett of Kilgibbon. Miss Lett, of Kilgibbon, had voluntarily accompanied her brother to Scullabogue, and was not a prisoner there. She returned with her brother wlren he was liberated.

NUMBER IV. The following is copied from the appendir, No. 6,

of Dr. Duigenan's Fair Representation of the present political State of Ireland.

“It is but justice to observe, that it is alleged "in behalf of the late Cornelius Grogan, Esq. " that his residence was only three miles from “ the town of Wexford; that he was advanced " in years, and very infirm; that the rebellion "broke out very suddenly and unexpectedly; " that his infirmities disabled himn from retreating

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