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on 'run ponzcomc' LETTER inns DrzFE'NeE. ndtirened m the Connucroks of the Fna'e-Puss.
I Know that it is loss' of time, and a loss to the'
publicpeimpatient for a' paper in which they have first discovered the outlines of their country's rights, and_from whence they daily ekpect new illustrations), on the most important subjects,-t0 take up the Freeman's Journal with idle c0ntrover'sy.' Were controversy the subject, I should be the last to enter the list.
In your. paper, which has already madeit's'
way t'o the continent, on account os the _late
exertions of the Irish, and which should contain
nothing unworthy the nervous eloquence and Iiberal principles of your numerous and' learned
B 2' corre-'
correspondents, Mr. Wesley, in a syllogistical method, and the jargon of the schools, has arraigned the Catholics all over the world, with their kings and subjects, their prelates and doc-' tors, as liars, perjurers, patentees of guilt and þerjury, authorized by their priests to violate' the sacred rules of order and justice ; and unWorthy of being tolerated even by Turkr and Pagans *. Such a charge carries with it, its own confutation. But are there not prejudiced people still in the world ? The nine skins of parchment, filled with the names of petitioners: against the English Catholics, owe the variety of their signatures, to pulpit declamations'
and inflammatory pamphlets, teeming with '
Mr. Wesley's false assertions: and, to the disgrace of the peerage, in this variety of signa; tures, is not the lord's hand-writing stretched near the scratch of the cobler's awl ? For the parchment would be profaned, if the man who' does not know how to write, made the sign of.
' the +.
I am a member of that communion' which
vMr. VVesley aspersed in so cruel a manner. I
disclaimed uponv oath, in presence of judge Henn, the creed which Mr. Wesley attributes'
to me. I have been the' first to unravel the'
intricacies of that very oath 'of allegiance
_* See Mr, Wefley's letter, page S-
proposed to the Roman Catholics: as it is worded in a manner which, at first- sight, seems abstruse. And, far from believing it lawful to ** violate faith with heretics," I solemnly swear, without equiwcatiomor the danger of perjury,
that, in a Catholic country, where I was chap- '
lain of war, I thought it a crime to engage the king of England's soldiers or,sailors into the service of a Catholic monarch, against their Protestant sovereign. I resisted the solicitations, and ran the risk of incurring the displeasure of a minister of state, and losing my pension : and my conduct was approved by all the divines in a monastery to which I then belonged, who all unanimoufly declared, that, in conscience, I could not have behaved otherwise.
Mr. Wesley may consider me as a fictitious character : but should he follow his prerursor, (I mean his letter, wasted to us over the British channel) and on his miffion from Dublin to Bandon, make Cork his way,_-d0ct0r Berkely, parish minister, near Middleton,-captains Stanner, French, and others, who were pri
soners of war, in the same place, and at the_
same time,-can fully sati'ssy him as to the reality of my 'existence, in the line already described; and that in the beard which I'then
i wore, and which, like that of sir Thomas. More, neuer committed any tredon, I never con- '
cealed either poison or dagger to destroy my Protestant
Protestant neighbour , though it was long enough to set 'all Scotland in a'blaze, and to deprive lord * * * * * of hissenses.
Should any of the Scotch miffionaries attend Mr. Wesley into this kingdom, and bring with them any of the stumps of the fagots with which Henry the eighth, his daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, and the learned James the first, roasted the heretics of their times in Smithfield, or some of the sagots with which the Scotch faints, of whose proceedings Mr. Wesley is become the apologist, have burnt the houses of their inoffensive Catholic neighe hours, we will convert them to their proper use. In Ireland the revolution of the great Platonic year is almost completed. Things are r'e_instated in their primitive order. And the fagot, , . _ preached the gospel by orders of Catholic and, Protestant kings, is confined to the kitchen. Thus, what formerly roasted the man at the stake, now helps' to feed him. And nothing but the vseverity of ' winter, and the coldness of the
'climatein Scotland, could justisy Mr. VVefl'ey
in urging the rabble to light it. This is a bad
which, without any*miffion from Christ,
time to introduce it amongst us, when we begin. _
to 'be formidable to our foes, and united amongstiourselves. And to the glory of Ireland be it said, We never condemned butmurderers
and per'petrators of unnatural crimes to the fagot; .. . _. ._ . . A . =BY