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Under these circumstances, they cannot be expected to be cordial in the support of a Government so much the object of their fears, and which is controlled by an influence so inimical to them; and they regret it the more, because it fetters their zeal to testify their warm attachment to the best of Sovereigns, whom, above all his predecessors, they are bound by gratitude, as well as duty, to reverence and love. On the contrary, were this imperious persecuting spirit abandoned, the fears of the people would be removed, all disturbances tranquilized, his Majesty's Government meet with that cordial support from the Catholics which gratitude prompts them to, and nothing but the conduct they have of late experienced, and still more apprehend, could suspend ; and, finally, Ireland, instead of requiring, as she does, an army of observation of thirty thousand men, deducted from the force of the empire in a perilous time, would be able and willing freely to concur and exert her whole strength in the common cause.
In a time of war, and especially of a war on the principles of the present, which alternative would be most for the glory of his Majesty and the honor and advantage of Great Britain, is submitted to those who are fully competent to judge.
August 20, 1793.
PAMPHLETS & ESSAYS,
Theobald Wolfe Tone,
IN HIS YOUTH,
AND BEFORE HE ENTERED ON THE CAREER OF
PROPOSALS AND MEMORIALS
RELATIVE TO THE
Establishment of a Military Colony
LIBERATION OF SPANISH AMERICA.
BY THEOBALD WOLFE TONE.
On the 20th September, 1790, I wrote the following letter, with the memorial enclosed, to the Duke of Richmond.
6. MY LORD DUKE: I take the liberty to enclose, for your “ Grace's perusal, a project, to the length of which I will not • add by apologies for my presumption. I conceive it may prove “of important service to England, and, therefore, it has a claim 6 to your attention. It were easy to have swelled its bulk, by “going more into detail, but if what I have submitted, shall “set your Grace on thinking, there are many subordinate ad6 vantages both in the means and end, which I shall have the “honor to explain. The best proof that I am myself at least “convinced of the advantage and feasibility of the scheme, 6 submitted to your Grace's perusal, is, that, if it be adopted, “I shall hope to be allowed to bear a part in the execution.
6 I have the honor to be,
« THEOBALD WOLFE TONE,
No. 5 Longford street, Dublin. " To his Grace the Duke of Richmond, góc. London.”