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resolutions had been drawn up by the great bulk of landed Protestant proprietors deprecating exclusion, and monopoly of legislation, disclaiming all apprehensions of danger, and recommending the admission of their Catholic fellow-fubjects to the full privileges of the Constitution.

In vain did the Catholics, not only disclaiming by the most solemn abjuration, all those abominable tenets falsely imputed to them, and pledging their loyalty by every form of oath prescribed to them, place the education of their clergy under the superintendance of the State, but with a view to conciliation, and to remove the shadow even of any obstacle which might be opposed to their claims, offer to submit to the King the choice and selection of their Bishops, so that no person could be elevated to that rank, without the previous approbation of the Sovereign: thereby acknowledging the King of Great Britain to be, to all intents and purposes, Head of their Church.

To their offers, to the wishes and re


commendation of their countrymen, to their claims supported and enforced by unanswerable arguments and all the powers of eloquence, no other reply was made, but that the present is not the time to grant their petition; all discussion of the question was deprecated, and the petition was rejected in both Houses by a considerable majority.

The Catholics, however, have little reason to be depressed by the result of this discussion; their claims begin to be better understood, and their cause gains strength; their opponents have no longer any rational objection to offer against their emancipation, but are obliged to content themselves with deferring it for the present. The Catholics have only to persist steadily and dispassionately to urge their claims, as often as opportunities shall occur, and they must in the end succeed: by perseverance, the mouse at length destroyed the trammels in which the lion was captive, and effected his EMANCIPATION.

June 1, 1808.



Peter, Martin, and the Squire.



WHY all this stir throughout the nation,

This cry about Emancipation?

Emancipate no popish knaves,

Unless you wish us to be slaves;

Unless you wish to see us grill'd,

Ravish'd and poison'd, robb'd and kill'd.


True charity begins at home;

No mercy to the tools of Rome:

Bloody and merciless were they,
While lasted their tyrannic sway;

Unchanged their qualities remain,

We've scotch'd the snake, but 'tis not slain.

A papist's heart's the worst of things,

A soil where no one virtue springs ;

But rankest weeds engender there,
And rot, and putrify the air.

What, when at last you held in chains

The wolf, that had despoil'd your plains,

Would you, because you thought him tamed,

Loose him, with appetite inflamed

By vengeance, on yourself to prey,

And all that came within his way?


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Emancipate the papists!-No!

We've trod* them down, we'll keep them so.

* Can we find too strong terms to express to Europe, every where else enlightened and liberal, the dull and malignant conduct of the Irish and English Protestants? Can we find words to express our astonishment, that the

English Cabinet should become an echo, not to ravings of Bedlam, but to a cento of every thing that is gross, vulgar, and perverse ;-Dublin guilds, common councilmen, aldermen, corporations; fat fools, that have been. hitherto non-descripts in the classes of science, literature, and good sense.

Can we too warmly deprecate the disingenuousness with which every variety of rchellion in Ireland is attributed to the Catholic religion, without ever taking into consideration the injustice with which the professors of that religion have been treated?

The Protestants, in their terror of persecution, have become persecutors; their alarm at Catholic atrocities has made them atrocious; to hear them speak, one would

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