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pears to be not much, now, to and Edwards; the Manchester

affair of 16th August; these, and a hundred other things, are not to pass over like a summer cloud: they call, at any rate, for compensation to the sufferers; for something to mitigate the anguish that they have endured.

spare. The instinctive combination must perceive, that there are some millions of men now, who have got their eyes open, and who had them closely sealed up only four or five years ago. This combination should recollect, that it is now touch and go; that it is now I have taken this view of my a question brought into a short fight with the instinctive combinacompass; and that even the base tion, not only because it is just to press itself has sounded the alarm, take such a view, and because it and is ready to desert the combi-is instructive to those young men nation. In short, and in plain lan-that are coming up and are about guage, I say that you must now to act their part upon the stage; issue assignats, or cease to pay but I have taken this view, bethe interest of the Debt in full: cause it explains the reasons for you have sworn that you will do the resistance to those salutary neither of these: there we are, measures which I now propose, then, at issue; and a very few and which stand described and months, perhaps, will decide the recorded in the memorable Norquestion between us; and thus folk petition. But, what puzzles will end the efforts of the instinc-me exceedingly is, the grounds tive combination, carried on for upon which you reckon on escapthree-and-twenty years! ing from being compelled, at last, But, though this question will to acknowledge me your master. be decided, our affair does not A stone tossed up in the air will not there end. Our destiny, as I more assuredly find its way to the once before told you, has not yet ground, than your system will done with us. These twenty-find its way to a state of pròstrathree years of most tremendous tion. I must triumph over you. deeds; of wrongs and of sufferings It is not in nature that I should

unparalleled in any country upon fail.

You can coin your body

earth: seat-selling, power-of-into sovereigns às easily as you

imprisonment bills; dungeon-in-can continue to pay the interest

demnities; the revered and rup- of the debt in full in a currency of tured Ogden; Castles, Oliver, gold. Trick after trick, contriv

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ance after contrivance, may be magogues in Parliament; that put in motion; miserable respites you liked to see them there, bemay be obtained; delusion may cause they soon found their level still do something; but, LAVEN- and became insignificant. Now, DER, the late London thief-taker, Mr. Canning, let me put your and GRIMSHAW, the Mayor of sincerity to the test: you know Preston, can cause victuals and (aye, as well as any man you drink to go in abundance into the know) of my late adventures at dwellings of the unfortunate wea- Preston; you know the infinite vers and spinners of Lancashire, pains that I have taken to get as easily as you and your col-face to face with you; you know leagues can pay the full interest that of right the seat was mine; of the debt in a currency of silver you know by what means I am, and gold. for the present, kept out of it; if, You do not believe this? Is it then, you be sincere in your wish so? So much the worse for you to have demagogues in Parliaif it be so; for, your surprise and ment, and a demagogue you have mortification will be the greater. called me; if you be sincere in We are now living amongst the this, now is the time to show your last tricks and contrivances of the sincerity! All the world says that system. It is in the very nature something must be done: I have of this system to produce, in the said, and I still say, that I would end, starvation in the midst of not be two months in the House, plenty. This is its peculiar attri- before I would submit to it a bill, bute. It is now producing this calculated, in my opinion, to effect; but this is its end; like make the nation once more happy the viper, which naturalists tell and free, and particularly to us of, as being of so very poison-sweep away all the present emous a nature all through that it barrassments, dangers, and sufferings. My opinions, you know, are opposed to yours upon the subject; I am ready to face you in that assembly where you have at all times a decided majority; In conclusion, Sir, let me re- I am ready and willing to expose mind you that you have frequent-myself to the risk, if such risk ly said that you liked to see de- there be, of being put down,

kills itself generally by biting its own tail. So this system, having first destroyed every thing within its reach, will finish with the destroying of itself.

laughed at, rendered the scorn of if you do not give me the seat, you

those whom I have hitherto so may depend upon it, that the pubcordially despised. Come, then, lic will believe, that you do not if you and your colleagues have a think that you could put rae down. manly sentiment in your minds; This is what the public will think; come, I GIVE ME say, A so that, you secure my triumph SEAT; place me within reach over you, by refusing me the seat. of the lash that you have in store What I myself expect upon this for demagogues; place me where score, I will not say. 1 would I shall "find my level," and be fain hope for the best; and, a resunk for ever! "Nay, answer gard for your reputation rather me not with a fool-born jest ;" than a regard for my own conand, above all things, do not use venience or advantage, induces the ridiculously hypocritical pre- me to say that I really do tence, that I am not a man that wish that you may act the part wish to demolish. How which would become that "libe you gladly, alas! would you see that rality" of sentiment, which Mr. demolition! At any rate, what- Brougham and other of the genever the fact may be, the public tlemen opposite ascribe to you, in belief is, that you and all your order to mortify the Lord Chancolleagues, though you may wish cellor ! Be the really liberal me no harm, would feel much man, Sir: be liberal for the sake more comfortable than you do of fair play, and not for the sake now, if you could hear that my of mortifying the Lord Chancelbones were as dry as those of old lor. Let me into the House, and Tommy Paine, who out-lived Pitt, you shall see such work amongst after all the hectoring of the lat-rats of all sorts as you never saw ter, and his threats against the former.

before.

One thing, I can tell you, and that is, that if you do not let me in, at the opening of the Parliament, or thereabouts, it will not be long before I shall walk in myself in spite of you. This I verily believe. Seeing what you have seen; knowing, as you do, take your oaths of it; therefore, the history of the last twenty-three

No it is in vain for you to pretend that you would not wish to see me extinguished. That would be nonsense, because nobody would believe you. Not a single creature in the whole kingdom would believe you, if you were to

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years; hearing me assert what I stands the question between us: that now assert; knowing that there question, as I have stated it above, are even millions of people in must now be decided in a time this kingdom that firmly believe comparatively short; and, when in my capacity to put all things that time comes, then shall I have to rights; why, were it only to from this long-deluded and longundeceive these millions of peo-suffering people; then shall both ple, it is a duty in you to put me you and I receive full and cominto the Parliament, and let the plete justice for the parts that we people see that I have nothing in have severally acted during the me. If you believe, on the con- last twenty-three years, of the acts trary, that I have something in me, of the first of which years it was if you believe that I really could the principal object of this Letter suggest some great measure that to remind you. a vast majority of the nation would approve of; if you believe this, then to keep me out of the Parliament, or not to put me into the Parliament, would really be a crime, a high crime and misdemeanor committed against the nation. If, indeed, you could persuade yourselves, that there is nobody worth speaking of, that has any opinion of my talents or my plans; then there would be no neglect of duty in you to let me remain where I am; but, it is impossible for you to persuade yourselves of this: you may delude yourselves very far; but you cannot carry self-delusion to this point. The truth is, you do not believe this; and, therefore, it is your duty, especially after all your challenges, to bring me face to face with you. There, however,

THE readers of the Register will not have forgotten that I was compelled to labour like a horse, in 1824, to defend the poor Forty Shilling Freeholders against the deadly attempts of Mr. O'CONNELL, and his man, BRIC, and their “able and illustrious friend,” BURDETT; that there was not, under the sky, a name in use, an epithet or term, that is foul and degrading, and infamous, that they, and particularly BRIC, did not apply to the poor Forties; that they asserted, that the right of voting in the forties was injurious to the freedom and happiness of Ireland, and also to the Catho

POOR FORTIES!

lic cause; that Mr. O'Connell de- " he had made this concession, he clared all this, and a great deal" maintained his own private opi"nion. He no longer did so— more, even upon his oath; that he "that opinion was now totally

and his man, especially, abused"
every one who opposed their pro-
ject of disfranchisement; that they

He had
changed [cheers]
"formed it upon antecedent state-
"ments; he had since witnessed

facts that proved to him that he

called "
JACK LAWLESS an "had been in the
He had
poor
wrong.
"seen the spirit and patriotism
under-growler ;" and that they
" evinced by that portion of the
spared, as far as their noisy
"lower classes in defence of their
tongues could reach, nobody that "religion and their country; he
"had seen them break those fet-
opposed this their project for get-
"ters which he imagined chained
ting silk gowns on their backs by
"them to the earth, and after wit-
bartering the rights of the Irish" nessing such a glorious sight, he
now declared that he would
Freeholders for those gowns. The
"not accept emancipation cou→
Readers of the Register will not..
pled with any conditions that
have forgotten these things, and would tend to deprive the forty-
therefore they will be amused with shilling freeholders of their
"elective franchise [cheers.] This
what I am now going to insert.

ING

opinion was not founded on spe"culative theories-it was the re"FROM THE DUBLIN MORN"sult of facts. He was conREGISTER. Yesterday, "(about 1st July,) pursuant to "firmed in it by the glorious re"sults of the contests in Water"requisition, a very numerous "meeting of Catholic Gentlemen" ford, Louth, Monaghan, West"( was held at the Corn Exchange "meath, Armagh, and Dublin. "Hotel. Messrs. O'Connell, Sheil," No misconduct of any portion of "them could alter his opinion. He was not enamoured with the "state of the elective franchise in every particular, but the fortyshilling freeholders formed the "best part of it; and if it required revision, it was for the purpose, not of curtailing, but "extending its principle. Mr. "O'Connell concluded by moving the following Resolution:"That we deem it our duty, "till he had 'READ HIS RECAN- publicly and solemnly to declare, "TATION' [cheers.] He had "that we will not accept of Eman"hitherto allowed it to be entered" cipation accompanied by any "as read, that in supporting the" infringement whatsoever on the "Freehold Wing, as it was called, "Elective Franchise of the Forty"he had been wrong; but though shilling Freeholders.

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O'Gorman, and Bric, were "loudly applauded on their en"tering the room. At half-past "three o'clock, upon the motion "of Mr. O'Connell,

"JOHN BRIC, Esq. was call-
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"Mr. O'Gorman was appointed "Secretary.

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