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pears to have aroused all the base pas. | ber, letters were read to the Board, sions of the bigotted and intolerant from the Earl of Donoughmore and party, which they have poured forth Mr. Grattan, in answer to applications with so much fury and rancour, by the made to them on the 6th, declining the means of that ready instrument, a pro- communication which the Board refligate and hireling press, that the Ge- quested, on a Bill to be formed for the neral Board, in whom the Irish Catho- | Legislature, or on any proceeding like lics had placed their confidence, seems a dictution to Parliament. The deto have been struck with fear and dis- | termination of these personages, and may. For to what other cause can we the high tone adopted by them, seems attribute their childish and cowardly to have been neither pleasing nor saconduct on the 24th of December last? tisfactory to the assembly, and Mr. That my readers may be in full pos- | O'Connell moved, that the Board do session of the subject, I shall give a respectfully reply to the letters, in orconcise detail of the previous transac- der to explain the mistakes which the tions of the Board, when they will be writers appear to have fallen into, and able to form their own judgment of what were the views of the Board in the causes which led to the disgraceful wishing for the communication. Ac proceedings in question.—At a meet. the succeeding meeting (the 27th), a ing of the Board on the 13th of No. | Committee was appointed to prepare vember, Mr. O'Connell brought for the answers, and on the 4th of Decemward a motion, declaratory of the opinber, they were approved of, and or. nions of the Catholics, that no speci- dered to be forwarded to the Ņoble fic measures, affecting the discipline of Earl and the Right Hon. Gentleman the Catholic Church, ought to be by the Chairman.-On the 8th of the brought forward or advocated in their same month, Dr. Dromgoole, after a name, without having received the pre- / speech replete with learning, argument, vious sanction of the Catholic Prelates and (which makes it more valuable) of Ireland. This was opposed by Dr. SOUND PRINCIPLE, moved his promised Dromgoole, Counsellors Finn and Resolution, which, after a very interO'Gorman, &c. with great earnestness, esting debate, was passed without a principally upon the grounds, and very division. This explicit and unanimous just ones they were, that such a reso- declaration of one of the fullest meet. lution would be construed as an indi- ings of the Board this season, crushed rect approbation of Parliamentary in the hopes of the interested and selfish terference with ecclesiastical disci- politician, who, under pretence of be. pline, and that, by such a construc-ing friendly to Catholic Emancipa. tion, it would cast the entire odium tion, wished to enslave the Clergy, of refusal upon the Prelates. Mr. in order to make them the tools of O'Connell denied having any such in. / an intriguing Ministry, and raised the tention, and conceived his motion to fury of the fiery bigot to the highest be misunderstood ; but perceiving the degree. But great as they felt their assembly averse to it, he withdrew it. anger and disappointment, they dared Dr. Dromgoole immediately gave no. not openly to attack the Board, which tice of a motion for the next meeting, contained a great part of the most disexpressive of the determination of the interested and best-informed men in Irish Catholics to oppose all parlia- | the kingdom. They therefore poured mentary interference with ecclesiasti- out their vengeance against the mover cal discipline, with a view of putting of the Resolution, and the learned an end to this dangerous controversy. | Doctor found himself assailed by a This motion was put off by the learned torrent of calumny and abuse. Of Doctor, from time to time, till the 8th this he complained at a meetirig of the of the month following. In the mean Board, on the 18th, and stated, that time, that is, on the 20th of Noyem- the misrepresentations were not cone

fined to the notoriously hired prints, “tention to take an early opportunity but that they were to be found in the of replying to the animadversions leading paragraph of a morning paper, 66 made on his speech--but really they which professed itself friendly, nay 65 were so numerous, so undefined, not

claimed to be a fellow labourer in the 66 one charge being reduced to any · cause of Emancipation. The Doctor 66 thing like a distinct head-a neglect, also declared, that he was not prepared " no doubt, arising from the undistinto recede from any one point which he 6 guished religious zeal of his assailhad advanced; on the contrary, he 66 ants-that he felt it impossible to meant to support the whole and every 66 enter upon the task, so as to give part of it, which he knew he could do 56 satisfaction. The subject was of in such a way, as to give complete sa 66 too much importance to take it up tisfaction, not only to any member of rashly, and without sufficient prethe Board who differed with him, but " paration. This importance it had to every dispassionate and enlightened borrowed, not so much from any Protestant in the kingdom. Previous thing to be found in that speech, as to this declaration, however, the let- " from the mutilation of the paraters from Lord Donoughmore and Mr. “ graphs, the false constructions of Grattan, in answer to those of the “ meanings, and the misinterpretaBoard, sent on the 4th, were read to “ tion of words—that, in itself, it the assembly. These letters, dictated “ contained no doctrine, no opinion, in a very lofty stile, contained a strong “ no one point, that any candid and animadversion on the conduct of the 16 well-informed Catholic, nay, that Board. It was evident, from Mr. 5 any of the respectable Dis senters Grattan's statement of his views, that from the Church of England, who the adoption of Dr. Dromgoole's reso 56 choose to make a fair'avo wal of lution by the Board, which laid the principles, would refuse to sign. question of Ecclesiastical Securities to “ As yet, it was impossible to know rost, was not pleasing even to this pa-“ what the objections were Fury triotic statesman of Whig principles. " seemed to have its ordinary effect The members thus found themselves“ upon the public writers--they could placed in rather ar awkward situation; not articulate; or, if they meant they must either retrace back their hi. 15 any thing, they could not be undertherto firm and laudable steps, or they 66 stood—that the confusion of ideas, must expect to lose, for a time, the “ created by this Babel of sounds, had support of some of their former advo 66 really reduced him to the situation cates. The first they could not do 6 of not being able to reply to any with honour, and the latter they were “ thing distinctly, because there was not willing to encounter; they there “ nothing in the form of a charge, that fore, most unfortunately for them 6 he, as yet, distinctly understood. selves, adopted a middle course of “ Besides, the assailants were so nuproceeding, and, acting upon the sys. 66 merous, that he had not, as yet, been tem of Conciliation, they determined “ able to single out any of them, so as to give up the learned mover of the ob- “ either to strike at him, or to ward noxious resolution, as a peace-offering 156 off his blows. To this circumstance, to the offended parties. Accordingly, however, and to the unreflecting at the next meeting, (Christmas-eve) “ eagerness to strike, with which they the following scene took place, the ac 6 all seemed to be actuated, he really count of which I copy from that excel.“ believed his safety was due. So lent paper, The Dublin Evening Post. “ many blows were made together, 5 Immediately after the chair was tak. that the weapons aimed at him seem4 en, Dr. Dromgoole rose and said, “ od to be entangled in one another, " that on the last day of their meeting, or the first to serve as a defence “ be had intimated that it was his in. “ against those that followed so that

" none of them had as yet any effect, " per, containing, as we suppose, the < and he felt himself without a wound, 1 « heads of the objections which he so or even a scratch. Under such cir. | “intended to urge. He was inter"stances, he trusted that the Catholic “rupted, when beginning to speak, by

Board would not force him into the “ Mr. O'Connell and others, who urg" arena—that they would not put him " ed the propriety of granting the de" to the trial of his strength, in this lay desired. That it was an indul* confusion of his powers, before he “ gence never refused--that here there

knew either the weapons or the 6 were the strongest reasons for grant"number of his opponents. He had “ing it. The importance of the sub“ besides to state, that his health had 1 “ject--the want of an accurate report, “very little improved since he had 66 where the utmost accuracy was ne“ last appeared before them--and that « cessary, and where the slightest ty" on this score only, he might claim, “pographical error might give a new “ without presuming too much, the " and mischievous meaning to a whole “indulgence of a short time. The “ sentence that the single circum" speech, which had so fearfully trans- | “ stance of ill health, or the want of "gressed, and which had excited this preparation, should alone be impe. "warlike clamour, and this hubbub 6 rative. Besides, although Doctor " of rumours of concerted plots, of 66 Dromgoole had been indulged with "schemes and machinations to over-16 a hearing, which went merely to "throw the State and the Establish- / 66 state his reasons for postponement, "ment, none of which, by the bye, “it was against all order, when there "he could see in it, had not yet been " was no motion before the Board, for " accurately printed. The substance 66 the gentleman to enter upon the me"and the whole matter of what had “ rits of the question. Those reasons "appeared in The Evening Post he had no weight with Mr. O'Gorman, acknowledged to his-some typo. “ He would be heard he would re. graphical errors, of consequence, "cord his opinions, &c.” Mr. O'Gorhad, however, happened; these man then began to address the Chairshould be immediately corrected, | man, when he was called to order by and the whole, as he expected, print- | Mr. Lawless, who insisted, that as ed before Saturday next, in an ac there was no question before the curate form. He meant that it should | Board, the gentleman was -altogether de accompanied with a vindication unwarranted in the introduction of his of his statements and opinions. He topics. A general cry for Mr. O'Gor. meant to shew, that these were ei- | man to proceed ensued, and the Chair

ther matter of fact, or common to man having coincided, the gentleman Nefery body of Christians, differing proceeded in his oration, in which he from the Established Church. If, was by no means deficient in his abuse Iter he had done so, any member of of the learned Doctor's sentiments, at Board, or any gentleman, either frequently terming them “base and tholic or Protestant, should lay unprincipled,” nor slack in the praise ld of any one point that he consi- of his own loyalty ; and concluded

red exceptionable, and state it dis- with disclaiming, both on his own Lunctly, he should endeavour to give part and that of the Catholic body,

him satisfaction. Until then, how- doctrines so unwise, so injurious, so Kever, he begged the benefit of a short dangerous, so unjust, and so unchrisrespite of opinion.— Mr. O'Gor, tianlike, and trusting that the dis

an immediately got up, with The claimer would be unanimously adopt! Dublin Evening Post in his hand, led by the meeting. At the conclusion

taining Dr. Dromgoole's speech, of this speech, we are told, there was ich was scored almost from one loud cheering. Counsellor O'Connell to the other, and a sheet of pa- made a speech in vindication of the

" that Board,

so containing

Doctor, but voted against him.-Dr. “ such be the case, to make a solemn Dromgoole, however, notwithstanding“ disavowal of your principles? And his ill health, and the unprepared state “ if you do, will you be believed ? Is of his mind, defended his sentiments " there a Protestant, of any descripwith such a manly firmness, a strength " tion, in any of these kingdoms, that of reasoning, and so powerful an elo. “ does not know that you have objecquence, that he was frequently inter- 5 tions to the Religion of the State? rupted by the audience with shouts of “ And if you say the contrary, how applause, and concluded his admira- 66 can they believe you? Are you ble reply with the following words: 66 prepared, like slaves before their of. 66 It is upon such grounds, then, that, “ fended masters, to get upon your " in his extreme alarm and anxiety, he“ knees, and say that indeed you « (Mr. O'Gorman) calls upon you, meant no offence—that the Protest" by an expurgatory Resolution, to “ant Church is not in danger--that 66 acquit yourself of all suspicion of you have no objection to the tenets 56 participation in the sentiments con- " it holds--that you, for your part,

tained in this speech. For my part, don't think that it is novel, or that 66 Sir, I avow those sentiments. "I " it will have an end? If you do this. « have not uttered them rashly, nors you will be disgraced and laughed 16 with a view to insult. There was a " at your Fellow Catholics will be « necessity, sufficient, in my mind, to “ ashamed of you, and Protestants 66 call for their honest and open dis. “ will hold you in contempt.” The 66 closure. I do not wish, nor did I Doctor sat down amidst the acclama66 ever intend, that this Board should tions of the meeting; and yet this as66 adopt them as their own; and if they sembly, who received the above senti66 think fit, they may, by the adoption ments with such tokens of approba66 of this Resolution, disclaim them. tion, immediately passed the following 66 If you are determined, I shall make Resolution unanimously :--- Resolo66 no opposition. I shall not divide “ed, That the sentiments expressed in 6 this meeting; nor shall my single ljós a speech imputed to Dr. Dromgoole, 66 No be heard against it. My opi- \" aud published in the newspapers, are « nions, as I have given them, I would " not the opinions or sentiments enter66 declare before the Privy Council, or “ tained by the Catholic Board._ ( the Bench of Bishops. I desire no And now, reader, having arrived at 66 man to adopt them, and, in thcir re- the close of this cowardly and hypo- jection, for myself I shall feel no- critical transaction, let me ask you, if, 6 thing, but I shall feel a great deal in all your readings, you can recollect 65 for the character of this Board. seeing such another act, as is here re66 Recollect, Gentlemen, that those are corded, committed by a body of men

" the opinions of a Catholic--that they who call themselves enlightened, and .66 are yours, if you le Catholic, and whose professed object is--Tue FREE r6 that they are notoriously the opinions DOM OF OPINION? Can you call to 6 of every well-informed Catholic up- mind such another instance of a total 6 on the face of the earth. I have ven- disregard of common sense, of can. | 6 tured, in order to prevent an Oath dour, of humanity, or of justice, in a 66 from being enacted, which could public body? Oh! how flimsy, how « not, in its present form, be taken, empty, how weak, must their ideas o " to state one of the religious objeco our cause be! how terrified their ima « tions which we have to the Protesto ginations! and how eager their desire 66 ant Church and because a few hire to sooth the prejudices of their friends o ed papers have made a noise in the and still the rarings of their bigotter 6. city, and a few ragged Orangemen enemies, that they unblushingly refus · “ in Derry or Belfast, have come to- to one of their most talented, incor

gether in consequence--are you, if ruptible, and disinterested members

the common rights of justice, but hurry upon the sentiments of one of their at once to offer up a sacrifice of their members." What a picture is here honour and their principles, at the drawn of that Board in whom Catho. shrine of pretended LIBERALITY! Lic Ireland had placed her confidence! But such will always be the case with and that too by the disinterested part those men, who, in their eagerness to of her more favoured sons, whose good attain temporal advantages, forget that opinion ought never to have been forthe best, though perhaps slowest, way feited. By the fears and intrigues of to gain their end is, by a firm and un- those who act under the “the spirit of bending adherence to PRINCIPLE. accommodation and conciliation,” the For what have these men gained by

| Catholic Board of Ireland stands acadopting the so often vaunted 66 spirit cused of having, by a solemn Resoluof accommodation and conciliation?” tion, belied the Creed of its members! Why nothing less than what the learn. Can this Board then continue any longed Doctor told them. In proof of this, er to possess the confidence of Catho. I shall give the opinion of the Editors lics? I think not: at least, not un. of The Dublin Evening Post, a paper til the more spirited and independent which has always supported the Ca, 1 part of the members come forward and tholic Cause from the best and most rescue its character, by wholly erasing upright motives, although none but this disgraceful Resolution from the PROTESTANTS are concerned in its esta- | Journals. And, indeed, unless they do blishment, and whose late Proprietor this, they cannot, for the future, in my is now lingering in a prison, for his at | opinion, be considered as a CATHOLIC tachment to that cause. " We are Board. « compelled (say they) to postpone

i WM. EUSEBIUS ANDREWS. “certain observations upon the na. London, Jan. 25, 1814. “ture of the discussion, as well as up. “ on the Vote to which the Catholic To the Editor of the Orthodox Journal. 6 Board has come. We shall only “say this en passant, that a 'Vote ŞIR-On two points I differ in opi. " more childish in its policy, or nion from our brethren of Ireland: Į

more calculated to reduce the cha- differ from them with all the respect “racter of the Catholic Board, was and esteem due to their generous, but “never entertained in that assem- too sanguine character. They expect

bly. The Protestant, we can tell an immediate, at least an early, repeaļ 16 the Board, despises the policy as of all disabilities; and they ask for å

paltry and puerile; the Orangeman, total repeal in terms which seem to im " to whom the sacrifice was made, will ply that they will be dissatisfied with

spurn at the offering as hypocritical any thing less. I am aware that the "and contemptible; and the impar Irish Catholics feel their own grieve

tial Irishman, who has no other view ances strongly, as well they may; and than his Country's good who sup- that they are persuaded, as well they ported the Catholic Board, even in may be, of the justice of their cause.

its occasional violence, even in its But they forget that it is possible these “ fits of absurdity, because he imagino considerations may not be equally per

ed it to be a depositary of Public suasive with other men. 5 Sentiment, and an organ of Public They do not allow for the force of * Spirit, must pity his own credulity, religious prejudice, aggravated by a " and commisseråte a Cause, the ad sense of its own injustice, and bribed 5 Focates of which think it wise to by the possession of political power and 4 BÉLTE their Creed, in order to pro- 1 patronage. In deference to some illusa 5 pitiate a prejudice that will not be trious exceptions in both countries 4 won-who think it dignified, proh they will not believe, that it is next to «pudor! to come to a solemn rote impossible for a Protestant to enter in


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