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Parliament opened by a speech from the throne-Communication

of the marriage of his royal highness the duke of York—The

address moved by lord Thurles .. . . 13

Objected to in that part which concerned the government of Ire-

land by Mr. Grattan-Speech of Mr. Grattan . ib.

Sir Hercules Langrishe moves resolutions in favour of the Ca-

tholics of Ireland–His speech on the occasion - : 16

Leave given to bring in the bill . .


The Catholic committee enters into resolutions—The resolu-

tions, note -


A petition from the Dissenters in favour of the total emancipa-

tion of the Catholics—The bill committed--Mr. Stewart, of

Tyrone, moves for a like relief to the Presbyterians-Seconded

by Mr. George Ponsonby - - - 26

Mr. Egan presents a petition from the Catholics of Dublin-Mr.

John O'Neil presents a petition from the north - 27

Mr. Ogle opposes the Catholic bill going into a committee 28

Mr. David Latouche moves the rejection of the Roman Catholic


- - 29

After a violent debate petition is rejected—The Roman Catholic
bill passes the committee-Mr. George Ponsonby moves for a
repeal of all laws prohibiting a trade for the Irish beyond the
Cape of Good Hope-The motion rejected by 156 against

70 . . . . . - 30

Mr. Forbes moves for a pension and place bill-Rejected—Mr.

Browne moves for the repeal of a law concerning the weighing

of butter, tallow, and hides, and appointing a weigh-master for

the city of Cork— The motion ably supported by colonel Hut.

chinson - - -

- 31

Mr. George Ponsonby's spirited answer to Mr. Moore 32

His explanation of his censure of the attorney-general's proposi-
tions, note

. ib.
Mr. Grattan attacks the police bill_His motion lost in a thin

house ; 53 against 24-The speaker's speech upon presenting

the money bills -

Parliament adjourned to the 18th of April ..


The great political object in Ireland Catholic emancipation-Mr.

Burke's influence in the English cabinet promotes favour to

the Catholics -

- - 37

A declaration of the tenets and principles of the Catholics-A plan
by the Catholic delegates for ascertaining the individual senti-
ments of those of their communion--An outcry against the
tendency of said plan. Appendix No. LXXXVIII. and


A digest of the Popery laws published by Mr. Simon Butler ib.


The committee publish a vindication of conduct and princi-

ples -

- - - 41

Jealousy of government against the Catholic committee 43


None of the clubs admit any Catholics


A general union of all Ireland proposed by the society of United

Irishmen in Dublin, sent to that of Belfast-Anniversary of

the French revolution celebrated in Belfast-Emblems made

use of upon this occasion, &c. note - - 45

Two addresses voted in Belfast, one to the French national as.

sembly, the other to the people of Ireland - The opinion of

five Catholic universities upon certain tenets procured at the

desire of Mr. Pitt -

- 46

Other resolutions of the sub-committee of Catholics-Catholic

delegates from every part of the kingdom meet in Taylor's-
hall, Dublin-Catholic inhabitants of Dublin convened by
summons in the Exhibition room, Exchequer street, Dublin
The sheriffs of Dublin convene a meeting of the Protestant ci-
tizens of Dublin to consider of a letter signed Edward Byrne,
for the purpose of addressing the Protestants of Ireland to

- - - - 47
The Catholics by a committee of eight persons answer all the ca-

lumnies, and thank the friends of their cause-A national

guard under the command of A. Hamilton Rowan and Napper

Tandy-Uniform and popularity of this association- Names

of the committee of eight Catholics. Note-The magistrates

patrole the streets - - - - 48

An assembly of the national guard prevented by a proclamation

of government–The growth of defenderism-Old animosities
between the Catholic peasants and the Presbyterians of the

same description, called Scots - . . ib.

Massacre of a party of the Defenders near Petersville-Political

societies multiply - -


- 49

The declaration of the Society of Peace The Catholic delegates

styled through derision the Back Lane Parliament - 51

The Catholics petition his majesty—The delegates for presenting

the petition-well received in Belfast- Present the petition at
the levee the 2d January, 1793—Graciously received-Parlia-
ment of Ireland meets 10th January, 1793—House of Lords
appoint a secret committee to investigate the state of the na-
tion - - - -

- . ib.

Report of the committee--Report, of the Catholic committee,

of the various sums received and expended in their cause 52

Views of the first association of Defenders

Names of the chosen Catholic committee

- 55

The said Catholic committee dissolved

- - 56

The report of the committee of the lords continued--Admonie

tion signed by five Roman Catholic prelates, then in Dublin,

sent all over Ireland to be read in chapels-The admonition at

full length, note

. . .

: 60

The speech from the throne recommends the situation of the Ca.

tholics-Earl of Tyrone moves the address-Seconded by Mr.

John O'Neil .

. .


Mr. Grattan proposes an amendment -

. ib.

Mr. Grattan withdraws the amendment-Next day he moves

his amendment and is supported by Mr. Conolly


Mr. Grattan's amendment passes without a division-Mr. W,

B. Ponsonby 'moves for a parliamentary reform--Supported

by Mr. Conolly, and Mr. Grattan


Mr. Grattan moves for a committee to inquire into the abuses of
· the constitution and government-Mr. Corry proposes an

amendment which passesMr. Forbes moves for an alien bill,
is seconded by Mr. Grattan-Mr. Hobart obtains leave to bring
in a hearth money reduction bill . .

Responsibility bill, a pension bill, and a bill to improve barren
land, moved for by Mr. Grattan

. 65

Discussions in the House of Commons on the score of the lord

lieutenant's proclamation against associations - 66

Mr. Hobart presents the petition of the Roman Catholics to the

house - - - - - - - iba

The claims of the Catholics .

- 67

Moves for leave to bring in a bill for further relief, &c. Leave

granted with only two dissenting voices . . 69
Lord Hillsborough moves for a militia bill, granted Mr. Grat-

tan moves for an address for the reform of parliament i b,

Opposed by the chancellor of the exchequer-House resolves it.

self into a committee to inquire into the state of the represen-

tation of the country

Mr. Grattan's speech .


A message from the lord lieutenant

Addresses voted-Roman Catholic bill read a first time-Motion

of Mr. Forbes for a list of the borough electors-Lost by 137

against 48—Messrs. Corry and George Ponsonby's alteration

note - - - - - - 74

Catholic bill read a second time; warm debates-M. D. La

Tcuche and Mr. George Ponsonby against the bill 75

Precautions for securing the established church and state, the bill

committed Mr. Grattan always the sincere friend of the Ca.
tholics--His refutation of the calumnies with regard to the
Irish brigades serving in France-Irish in foreign service, &c,




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Mr. George Knox moves, that a clause be admitted in the com-

mittee empowering Catholics to sit in parliameni-Seconded
by major Doyle colonel (now lord Hutchinson) &c.-Loctor
Law, bishop of Killala expatiates in the House of Lords upon
the justice of relieving the Catholics-Earl of Glendore and
marquis of Waterford, &c, favour the bill.

Lord Chancellor virulent against the bishop of Killala- The

archbishop of Cashel opposes the bill . . 78

Lord Farnham observes, that Catholic officers could not attend

to their duty in England until a similar law should pass in the

British parliament, and proposes an amendment The amend-

ment opposed by the chancellor as unnecessary, stating, that

a similar law would be enacted for Great Britain ere two

months—The bill passes—The bill at full, note • 78

Thi gunpowder bill and convention bill—The gunpowder bill,

note • • • • • • 86

Mr. Grattan opposes the convention bill . - 87

Explanation of the responsibility bill as proposed - 89

Explanation of a place bill as proposed-Reform of parliament

lost by the people—A list of boroughs and their proprietors.

Appendix No. XCVI. .

Various reasons for not insisting upon a parliamentary reform 91

The lord lieutenant's speech upon the closing of the session 92

At first no Catholic officer appointed to the militia - 93

The corporation of Dublin uppose the admission of Catholics

into the guilds The Catholics calumniated-tiesolutions of

the Catholicis of Wexford, note - - ib.

Defenders become a desperate and atrocious gang - 95

The rev. Mr. Butler's character–The militia men considered

by the peasantry as the green linnets-Some Protestant gen-
tlemen spread a report of the poorer order of men being about

to be sent to Botany Bay

- 96

Various abuses made use of in levying the militia-Riot at Ath-

boy - - - - -

. . 97

The rev. Mr. Butler way-laid and murdered. The meeting at


- - - - 98

Mr. Foster's severity in searching for arms-Abuses thereof

Mr. Fay arrested at Navan-Rumours of plots and conspira-

cies industriously spread abroad to criminate Mr. Fay and other

Catholics. The informer Lynch, &c. - - 99

Mr. Fay, &c. honourably acquitted


The Catholic bishops address to the king

Their address to the lord lieutenant


The answers to the addresses

. ib.

Orangemen-The Catholic bishops present a memorial to the

lord lieutenant praying for licence to found seminaries 103

Attor for a libel, &c.

Attorney general files an information against A. Hamilton Row-


the ceneral issue

He appears by attorney and pleads the general issue 107

Is found guilty, fined and imprisoned-Parliament convened

21 January, 1794 : -



Mr. W. B. Ponsonby presented his bill for amending the repre-

sentation in parliament-Sir Hercules Langrishe opposes the

bill - - - - . . 109

The bill lost upon a division 142 against 44-The session closed

The lord lieutenant's speech to both houses .


Principles of the Dublin society of United Irishmen-Mr. Grat-

tan's speech against universal suffrage, note • 111

The address of the United Irishmen in opposition to Mr. Grat-

tan's principles


The Defenders, White Boys, and United Irishmen divided in po.

litical principles The Defenders become more and more out-




Hamilton Rowan makes his escape-A proclamation and re-



Rev. Mr. Jackson, a Protestant clergyman, arrested in Dublin ib.

The public mind entirely taken up with two objects, viz. parlia-

mentary reform and Catholic emancipation—The abuse of the

term Irish Union-A list of the leading men of that society

and their fate, note


The last union was entirely republican


The earl of Westmoreland recalled-Cause of the change of ad-

ministration, note


Creation of a third secretary of state for the duke of Portland,
&c. &c.

- ib.

Management of Ireland granted to the duke of Portland-Re-

ference to lord Fitzwilliam's letter to lord Carlisle 124

Catholic emancipation adopted by the British cabinet upon the

acceptance of the duke of Portland of a place in the cabinet-
Messrs. Grattan and Ponsonby sent for to come to London
Place of Irish attorney general destined for Mr. G. Ponson-
by-The convention bill prevents the holding assemblies by
delegates—The Catholics of Dublin adopt resolutions and
commit their cause to Mr. Grattan

They frame a petition to parliament

. ib.

Also a congratulatory letter to lord Fitzwilliam-Lord Clare's as-

sertions proved false concerning the whig club, note 127

Lord Fitzwilliam goes to Ireland with full powers-Assertion of

lord Westmoreland on the faith of Mr. Pitt . ib.
Lord Fitzwilliam takes possession of the government
He begins by some dismissals from office
The solicitor general's office intended for Mr. Curran


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