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a principal command in the fatal battles of Antrim and Ballinahinch. On the total defeat of the Northern Rebels, he had been left a solitary wanderer; and, after many romantic exploits, succeeded in escaping pursuit; left the kingdom, and entered the service of the French Republic. He had been seen in Paris in 1803, then bearing a Captain's commission; but, from that time, no one had heard of or seen him, and it was a general opinion that he had fallen in some of Buonaparte's campaigns; but of his being dead or living, there was no certainty.
To ascertain the fate of Henry O'Hara; to take him, if living, from obscurity and distress-to restore the fallen name, and raise again the fortunes of his house, formed the future objects of the Miller's son; and, in prosecution of my plan, I forthwith left London for the Continent. The fatal return of that extraordinary spirit from his temporary captivity, con
vulsed and agitated Europe; my career, like that of greater men, was arrested by it, and being compelled to remain in Belgium, waiting for happier times, I selected Brussels as a place where I might prosecute my inquiries when barred from entering the French territories. Wonderful and rapid events suc. ceeded, till once more the fatal field of Waterloo consigned Napoleon to exile.
I was reading on the night of the 14th in my chamber—the late Colonel
of the Artillery, a countryman of mine, lived in the same hotel; we became intimate in a short time; he was a fine soldier, and a charming companion: I had told him generally, I was come to make inquiries after a relative in the French service. When the alarm sounded on that night, my brave friend hurried from the ball-room to the field he passed my chamber on leaving his own, where he had been making some
trifling alterations in his dress, and perceiving by my yet unextinguished light that I was awake, he called to také leave of me-poor fellow !-it was an eternal adieu ! He jocularly asked me, how should he know my friend in the French ranks, that he might have the honour of measuring swords with him? His jest might have turned out a reality, for both fought, and both fell, at Waterloo! I shall only remark, that here ended my hopes and fears, and with them all my future objects. I had found the last of the O'Haras only to lay him in the earth. My late friend, the Colonel, rests in the same grave ; I laid them by each other's side, and one small mound of turf covers the gallant foemen.
Thus terminated my castle-building; but as all I heard of this extraordinary man (young O'Hara) only raised without satisfying my curiosity, I determined on a pilgrimage to the scenes of his youth,
This was my inducement for my late èx. cursion to the land of Saints, and I will now proceed to tell you how far I have succeeded in my object.
I landed safely in Dublin-Alas! how changed! I shall not, however, dwell on the causes which ruined this noble city. I leave it with a sigh "fuit Ilium.” From Dublin, I directed my course northerly; and the rapidity with which The Fly (as the vehicle was termed) bore me to my destination, compared with the old lumbering coach or caravan which had conveyed me from my home, probably gave rise to conjectures that I should find every thing generally and proportionately altered. They were altered, but, unfor, tunately, not for the better. When I last travelled this road, the Northern bleachers were a prosperous and numerous body; bụt now, the usual reply to my inquiry of what each ruined edifice had been, was " a bleach-mill," or "a many,
factory." Some of the proprietors I had personally known-they were enterprising and wealthy, accumulating riches themselves, and disseminating money throughout a happy and contented community. I remembered well that the linen trade was preferred by the estated gentry of my neighbourhood, as affording to their sons a respectable, and a more certain livelihood than any of the honourable or learned professions to which men of family usually devoted their younger children ; but that class, I learned, had long since retired from the ruins of a hopeless trade; while those whose fathers had expended fortunes, the fruits of long and successful industry, in erecting expensive machinery, with houses for the hundreds they employed those men, unable to free themselves from the business with which their all was compromised, unable to escape an įmpending danger which all foresaw,