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THE R'BV. ARTHUR Q'LEARY.
In which are introduced,
The Rev. John Wefiey's Letter, and the Defence of
ram.red BY THO. M*ÞONNEL, AT P
lll. An Aiidresr to tlv: rmmn People
'appeared in'the Channel:
Mr. wefley, and a Defenee of t),
v. Rejoinder toMr. Welley's Reply
vl. Eflh] en Ta/tratian : tending to
Tlvl opinions ought not to der
deprive him of the rights of civil
DIGNITARIES AND BRETHREN or 'rue XLLUITRLOUS onnzx or
THE MONKS or ST. PATRICK.*
Reverend Fathers; vand illu'flrious Bre'thren,
THE purport of the Work which I have the honour to dedicate to your order, is to cement the bands of so
ciety; to secure the safety of our coun- _
try, by union and mutual confidence ;'L0 render the subject's allegiance firm, and at the same time reasonable, by efiablishing it on its proper grounds; to dispel the mifis of long-reigning prejudice; after disarming Infidelity, which strikes at the foundation 'of religion, and the dignity of our nature, to induce the Chrifiians of every denomination to lay aside the destructive Weapons which frenzy has so often put into their hands; and, under their peculiar modes of Wor.
* A society of Nobles and Gentlemen, composed of_ the greatest orators and writers in lreland; who, Uflloliclfedo have done the author the honour of adopting him as one of their members. .
ship, to inspire them with that benevo*z lence and charity enforced by the firfi principles of the Law of Nature, and confirmed by the sacred Oracles which they all revere,
In my fugitive pieces, to which the circumstances of the times have given
rise, you discovered the fincerity of my"
designs, in attempting to diffuse to the community at large, the influence of benignity. My feeble efforts have attracted your attention, and procured me the honour of your esteem. 'With regard to the rights ofsociety, and protection due to the man who does not forfeit them by his misconduct, the learned, the virtuous, the liberal-minded of all denominations, make no difiinction ; but, with every respect due to religion, leave fanaticism, the
vnoxious vermin that nefiles in its wool, to.
prey upon the ulcered heads of the bigots. Hence, neither my character of a Catholic Clergyman, which, in these kingdoms, the prepossefiion of ignorance has rendered so odious, nor the discountenance of the laws, which doom me to
transportation, With the common male- \