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REBELLION IN. IRELAND,
IN THE YEAR Fros, &c.
CONTAINING B 6
The Jrish Revolutionists,
TO ILLUSTRATE SOME FACTS.
By the REV. JAMES GORDON,
HECTOR OF KILLEGNY, IN THE DIOCESE OF FERNS, AND OF CANNAWAY,
IN THE DIOCESE OF CORK.
AND MODERN HISTORY.
Truth's would you teach, and save a sinking land,
Bath ; EMERY and ADAMS, and W. SIEPPARD, Bristol ;
and J, DINGLE, Bury.
P R E FACE.
How far I may be justifiable in devoting any portion of my time to the writing of a preface, on account of puerile and unfounded objections, I know not precisely, but such may be expected by some readers.
That my history of the rebellion would be an object of reprobation to the irrational zealots of two opposite and mutually hostile parties, who distract this unfortunate island, and that it would be offensive to some individuals independently of party, since truth is odious to the guilly, I was completely aware, and my expectations have been as completely fulfilled. That it should be so much approved by the discerning few, particularly by some who are eminent in literature, was indeed beyond my expectation. Of these, part were prepossessed in its favour, even before they saw it, from the contradictory censures of opposite zealots. Thus a gentleman of great literary knowledge told a friend of mine,
a short time after its publication, that he had not seen my_book, but had formed a favourable opinion: fix:on:finding that it had given equal and high offense to. ilië' violent blockheads on both sides...
To foin a staternent of the inconsistent objections made to this litile work by counterfeit, and even by some real, but ignorant and unreflecting, 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 liave not described all those who, by inclination, or accidental circumstances, were arranged on the side of loyalism, as free from every infirmity of human nature, and endued with every virtue, particularly those of clemency and courage. That I have not depicted all those who, by previous design, or by accident, were found on the opposite side, as destitute of every virtue, and though cowards; yet, by some strange fatality, exposing themselves in such manner to the swords and bullets of the armed saints, as to have been slaughtered in thousands in 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.
By suppressing all information inconsistent