AN ATTEMPT TO DEVELOP AND EXPOSE A FEW OF
THE MULTIFARIOUS ERRORS AND FALSEHOODS
IN THE HISTORIES OF
MAY, TEMPLE, WHITELOCK, BORLASE, RUSHWORTH,
CLARENDON, COX, CARTE, LELAND, WARNER,
MACAULEY, HUME, AND OTHERS :
PARTICULARLY IN THE LEGENDARY TALES OF
THE CONSPIRACY AND PRETENDED MASSACRE
BY M. CAREY,
AUTHOR OF ESSAYS ON BANKING, POLITICAL OLIVE BRANCH, &c.
“The history of Ireland's unhappy connexion with England, exhibits, from
first to last, a detail of the most persevering, galling, grinding, insulting, and
systematic oppression, to be found any where, except among the Helots of Sparta.
There is not a national feeling that has not been insulted and trodden under
foot; a national right that has not been withheld, until fear forced it from the
grasp of England; or a dear or ancient prejudice that has not been violated,
in that abused country. As Christians, the people of Ireland have been denied,
under penalties and disqualifications, the exercise of the rites of the Catholic
religion, venerable for its antiquity; admirable for its unity; and consecrated by
the belief of some of the best men that ever breathed. As men, they have been
deprived of the common rights of British subjects, under the pretext that
they were incapable of enjoying them: which pretext had no other foundation
than their resistance of oppression, only the more severe by being sanctioned
by the laws. England first denied them the means of improvement; and then
insulted them with the imputation of barbarism.”
“ There is but little respite from exasperating oppression and unmerited
cruelty. The eye wanders over a dreary scene of desolation, without a single
point on which it can rest. The heart of the Philanthropist sinks under a
hopeless despondency; and passively yields to the unchristian and impious
reflection, that the poor people of Ireland are a devoted race, whom Provi.
dence has abandoned to the malignant ingenuity of an insatiable enemy."
“ There is no instance, even in the ten persecutions, of such severity as that
which has been exercised over the Catholics of Ireland.” S. Johnson.
PUBLISHED BY M. CAREY AND SON.