Page images
PDF
EPUB

repre-ent--that by those awful tests they a firm and sincere resolution to avoid fa. bind themselves, in the presence of the all “ ture guilt, and to atone to God, so far seeing Deily, whom all classes of Christians fron obtaining thereby any remission of adore, " to be faithful and bear true alle 6 bis sin, incurs ilic additional guilt of vio.

giance to Their most gracious Sovereign latieg a sacrament; and" by the same so

Lord King George the Third, and bim to lemn obligation “ they are bound and filmso defend io che utmost of their power against ly pledged to defend, to the atmest of

all conspiracies and attempis wbalsoeyer “ their power, the selllement aud arrangethat shall be made against his person, ment of property in their country, as esta.

crown or dignity ; to do their uimost en " blished by ihe laws now in beings that " deavours to disclose and make known to " they have disclain:ed, disayowed, and.so. “his Majesty and his heirs all treasons and lemnly abjured any intention to subvert

traitorous conspiracies which may be form " the presept church establishment for ? ed against him of them, and faiihfully to “the purpose of substituting a Carbolic “ maintain, support, and deferd, to the ut " establishment in its stead ;" and that they

most of their p: wer, the succession to the have also solemniy swoin, “ that they will "Crown in bis Majesty's family against any 56. pot exercise any privilege, 10 which they person or persons whatsoever."

Thai, ale or may brcome eoțiiled, io disturb or “ by those oaths thev renounce and abjøre " weaken the Protestant religion or Protes.

obedience and allegiance unto any other “ tant governmeit in Ireland."---Your

person claiming of pretending a right to petitiopers most bumbly brg leave to shew, " ihe crown of Ibis realm :--thai they rejecţ ihat bowever painful it is to their feelings, $6 and detest, as unchristian and impious to that it should still he thought necessary 10 “ believe, that it is lawful in any ways 10 exact such le ts from them, (and from them “ injure any person or persons what oever alane of all his Majesty's subjects), they “ under pretence of their be ng heretics, and can with perfect truth affirm, that the politi. " also that unchristian and impious princi. cal and moral principles, which are thereby ple, that no faith is to be kept wiib he

asseried, are not only contormable to their “ retics ; that it is ng article of their faith, opinion, but expressly inculcated by the re“ and that they renounce, reject, and al jure ! l.gion which they profess; and your peris "ibe opinion, that princes, excommuni tioners most humbly trust, that the religious « cated by the pope and council or by any doctrines, which perpit such tests to be $ au hority wbalsoever, may be depoșed, pr laken, will be provounced by ibis becours “ murde. ed by their subjects or by any per- able House to be entitled to a toleration, pat " son whatsoever ; that ihey do not believe merely partial but complete, under the bappy sihat the Pope of Rome or any other fo. constitution and government of this realm; “ reign pripce, prelate, state or potenţate, and that bis Majesty's Roman Catholic sub. “ haih or ought io have any lemporal or ci- jaçıs, holding these principles, will be cou" vi! jurisdiction, power, superiority or pre sidered as subjects, upon whose fidelity the "! eminence within this realm; that they stale may repose the timest reliance - Your “ firmly believe, that no açt, in itself unjust, petitioners further njost humbly sbow, that Simmoral or wicked, can ever be justified, 26 years have now tlapsed since Their mos “ or excused by or under pretence or colour, gracious Sovereign and the honociable “ that it was done for ibe good of the church Houses of Parliament in Ireland, by their ☆ or in obedience to any ecclesiastical power public and deliberate act, declared, that,

i whatsoever, and that it is not an article of froni the uniform peaceable behaviour of !! the Catholic faith, neither are they there the Roman Catholics of Ireland for a long by required to believe or profess, that the series of years, it appeared reasonable and

pope is infallible, or that they are bound expedient to relax the disabilities and incapa.

to any order, in its own nature immoral, cilies under which shey laboured, and " though the pope or any ecclesiastical pow that it must teng not only to ihe cultivation

er should issue or direct such order; þut and improvement of this kingdom, but to " that on the contrary they bold, that it he prosperity and strength of all his Majes" would be sinful in them to pay any re ly's dominions, that his Majesty's subjects of

spect or obedience thereto; that they do all denominations should enjoy the blessings “ not believe, ihat any sin whatsoever, com of a free constitution, and should be bound Ø mitted by ihem, can be forgiven at the to each other by mutuai interest and mutoa

mere will of any pope or of any priest, or affection," a declaration, founded upon uner a of any person or persons whatsoever, buc ring principles of justice and sound policy, ç that any person, who receives absolution which still remains to be carried into full ef * without a sincere şortpw for such sin and fect (although your petitioners are impressed

with a belief, that the apprehen-ions, which possessed, it establishes a species of qualified retarded its benehcial operation previous to the onion, cannot exist in the Parliament of favour, contrary to the spirit, and highly the United Kingdom.)--For your peti detrimental to the freedom of trade. tioners most humbly shew, that, by viriue of Your petirioners likewise severely feel, divers statutes now in force, his Majesty's that His Majesty's Roman Catholic subjects, Roman Catholic subjects, who form so great in consequence of llieir exclusion from the a proportion of the population of Ireland, offices of sheriffs and sob sheriüs, and of aud contribute so largly to the resources of the boutile spirit of those statutës, do not the state, do yet labour under many incapa. folly enjoy certain other inestimable privicities, restraints, and privations, which affect leges of the British Constitution, which the Ibern with peculiar severity in almost every law has most jealously maintained and sestation of life ; ihal mure especially they are cored to their fellow subjects. Your petidenied ihe capacity of situing or votiog in tioners most hombly beg leave to solicit the either of the honourable Houses of Parlia attention of this Honourable House to ibe ment; the manifold evils consequent upon distinction which has conceded the elective, which incapacity they trust it is unnecessary and denies the representative franchise to to unfold and enumerate to this hon, House, one and the same class of His Majesty's subThey are disabled froin holding or exercising jects; which detaches from property its (noless by a special dispensation) any cor. proportion of political power under a Conporale office whatsoever in the cilies or solution, whose visal principle is the uniun towns in which they reside; they are inca. of the one with the other'; which closes pacitated and disqualified from holding or every avenue of legaijz-d ambition agains: exercising the ottices of sheriffs and sub those who owust be presumed to have great sheriffs, and various offices of Trust, bonjour, credit and influence among the mass of the and emolument in the state, in His Majesty's population of the country; which refuses military and navil service, and in the ad to prers of the realm all share in the legisministration of the law's, in this iheir native Jasive representation, citlitir actual or virland. -- Your petitioners, declioing to ttal, and renders the liberal profession of enter into the painful detail of the many ibe law to Roman Catholics a mere object incapacities and inconveniencirs avowedly of pecuniary traffic, despoiled of its bope, indicted by those statutes, upon His Majesty's and of its honours. -Your pelitioners fur. Rowan Catholic subjects, beg leave, how. ther most humbiy shew, that the exclusion ever, mo't earnestly to solicit the attention of so numerous and efficient a portion of of this Hon. Honse, to ih humiliating and His Majesty's subjects as the Roman Cathor ignolo mons system of exclus on, reproachi, lics of this realm, from civil honouis and and suspicion, which those stitnes generale offices and from advancementin His Majesty's and keep alive. For your petitioners army and ravy, actually impairs, in a very most bumbly show, that in consequence of material degree, the most valuable resources the hostile spirit thert by sanctioned, their of the British Empire, by impeding His hopes of enjoying even the privileges, Majesty's general service, stilling the most which through the benignity of their most honourable and powerful incentives to civil gracious Sovereigo, they have been capacitated and military meril, and unnecessarily reto enjoy, are nearly altogether frustrated, stricting the exercise of that bright preroinasmuch that they are, in effect, shui out gative of the Crown, which encourages good from almost all the honours, dignities, and subjects to promote the public welfare, and offices of trust and emolument in the state, excites them 10 meritorious actions, by a from rank and distinction in His Majesty's well regulated distribution of public honours army and navy, and even from the lowest and rewards.--Your petitioners beg leave situations and franchises in the several ciijes most humbiy to suborit, that those manifold and corporate towns throughout His Majesty's incapacities, restraints and privations, are abdominions, And your petitioners severe solutely repugnant to the liberal and comly feel, that this unqualified interdiction of prebensive principles recognized by their those of sheir communion from all municipal most gracious Sovereign and the Parliament stations, from the franchises of all guilds of Ireland : that they are impolitic restraints and corporations, and from the patronage upon His Majesty's prerogative ; that they and benefits annexed to those situations, is are hurtful and vexatious to the feelings of an evil noi terminating in itself; for they beg a loyal and generous people, and that the leave to state, that, by giving an advantage total abolition of them will be found not over those of their communion to otbers, orly compatible with, but highly conducive by whom such situations are exclusively 10, the perfect security of every establisha

inent, religious or political, now existing in and in common with their fellow subjects this realny is for your petitioners inost throughout the British Empire. And explicitiy declare, tliatibey do not seek or your peritioners will ever pray, &c. Shrews. wish, in the remotesť degree, to injure or bury, Waterford, and Wexford, Fingall

, encroach upon the rights, privileges, Kenmare, Gormanstown, Southwell, Trim"imaiunities, possessions, or revenues, ap lestown, Robert Plunker, Thomas Barne.

pertaining to the bishope and ciergy of wall, Thomas French, Bt. Edward Bellews, “ the Prulestanı Religion as by law estab Bt. Francis Goold, Bt. Thomas Ryan, “ lished, or to the cherches committed to James Ryan, Edward Moore, John Purcell; “ their charge; or to any of the.."- The M. D. Thomas Fgan, M. D. Ambrose :ole object of your petitioners being an O'Farre!, Richard Bolger, Randal Mac: equal participation, upou equal terms with Donnel, Chri topher D. Bellew, Antony their fellow subjects of the full benents of Donelan, John Hartney, Gerard Win. Ba. the British Law and Coostitution.-.-Your got, O'Donoghue of the Glins, Hogh O'Con petitioners' beg leave most humbly to ob nor, Pierce O'Brien Butler, John O'Reilly, serre, that, alhough they might weil and Thomas O'Connor, John Rorke, James jastly insist upon the firm and unabated Nowlan, jun. Nicholas Fleming, Denis Boyally of His Majesty's Roman Catliolic Thomas' O'Brien, James Scolly, Dents sabjects to their nosť gracious Sorereign, Ecully, James Nangle, Antony O'Donel

, teir profund respect for the legislature, M. D. Thomas Warren, Jobo Dutly, and their dutiful submission to the laws, Richard Saase, Bartholomew Taylor, Joseph qrt they most especially rest their bumble Taylor, Charles Ryan, Francis Cruises < 'ainis avd expectations of relief upou the Nicholas Gannon, Valentine O'Connor, --lear and manifest conduciveness of the Walter Dowdall, Francis Coleman, Lewis sukasure, which ihey solicit, to the general Ward, James P. Ward, Valeutive O'Con and permanent tranquillity, sirengill, and nor, jun. Thomas Fitzgerald, David Hin. Happines of the British Empire. And your chy, James Barron, Edward kyan, John

mi viljoners, entertaining no doubt of its Burke, Edward Burke, James Byrne, John final accomplishment, from its evident jus Brennan, Jeremiali Ryan, Pierre Barren, iree and wility, no most soleruply assure Wm. Barron, Charles Byrne, Dominick This Honourable House', that thrir earnest Rice, Ambrose Moore, Randle P. Macsolicitude for it, at this peculiar crisis, Donnell, liveas Mac Donnell, John Byrne, arises principally from their anxious desire Robert Caddel, Daniel O'Connell

, Thomas 10 extinguislı ali marives to disunion, and all Barry, John Lalor, M. F. Lynch, Thomas şacans of exciting discontent. For your Dillon, Christopher Taylor, Pbilip Koche, jetitioners humbly state it as thrir decided Charles Roche, Elias Corbally, Joho Taaffe, *pinion, that the enemies of the British Thomas Fitzgerald, Richard Strange, Dom. Empire, who meditate the subjugation of Willm. ('Reilly, George Goold, Malachy Ireland, have no liope of success, sale in Donelan, Williain Bellew, Robert Frepeli, alie disunion of its inhabitants; and there Maurice O'Connell, Daniel Crorin, Daniel fore it is, that your petitioners are anxious, at this moment, that a measure Thomas Galway, John Whyte, Juho Roche, should be accomplished, which will aunihi Thomas Redington, E. Burke, J. M. Grain

netbe pxinciple of religious animosity, and ger, H. Trant, R. S. Keating, animate all descriptions of His Majes:y's subjects in an enthusiastic defence of ihe SUMMARY OF POLITICS. beint Constitution, that has ever yet been NAVAL INQUIRY.--o the preceding established. --Your petitioners iherefore number of this work was ipseried the Teoth 171161 lunably presume to express their Report of the Commissioners of Naval incarnest, but respeciful hope, that this How quiry, together with the most material part nourable House will, in its wisdom and li of the evidence tbereunto annexed,' and also berality', 'drom the several statutes, now in the writto detence of Mr. Trotter. To turce against them, no longer necessary to those documents and to the observations Le 'retained, and that His Majesty's loyal made thereon, I beg leave to refer the god dariful sphjects, professing the Roman reader ; because wbai I have now 10 offer Catholic religion, may be effecioally re must be considered merely as supplementary lieved from ir operation of those salvies, to what has already been said. It is and that'so they may be restored to the full known, that, as soon as the Tenih Report enjoyment of ilia benefits of the British came before parliament in its printed state, Cenituuion, and 10. every inducement of Mr. Whitbread gave notice of his intention altachment to that Constitution, equally to make a motion relative Abereto on Thws.

deeply Mareny, Pancy Ryan, Gerard Aylmer,

[ocr errors]

day, the 4th instant. Of course, the dis many years in this strange way? Is it likely cussion would have taken place on that day ; that he should have donc so without his but, ou Menday last, thé Ist instant, it was lordship's knowledge? Did his lordship requested, by Mr. Pitt, that the motion draw on him, or receive money from him, should be postponed upiil Monday, the 8th and not know how much, and whose, money instant, upon the following ground: that it was that he was receiving ? Trotter bas Lord Melville had, on Thursday ihe 28th said, upon his oath, that such was the nature ultimo, addressed a letter to the Commis of their monied connexion, that he could missioners of Naval Inquiry, relative to the not pretend to point out the cases when he Tenth Report, and that the said letter, to advanced money to Mr. Dundas out of bis gether with any proceedings thereon on the private funds, or out of the funds belonging part of the Commissioners, ought to be to the public. Whether such a mode of printed and laid before the House previous keeping accounts be much in use; whether to the intended discussion. After some it arose, in this instance, from a desire to af. hesitation on the part of Mr. Grey, who ford, when called on, an elucidation of the spoke for Mr. Whitbread in his absence, it transactions of ihe treasurer and his paywas agreed to postpone the motion of the

master; or whether, indeed, it might have latter till Monday next.-- Relating to this in view (though that is hardly credible) the occurrence, the first object of remai k would possibility of something like ibat which has be, the sibgular fitness of things as exhibited now happened, and, therefore, provided the in the time, the place, and the person, when, means of baffling the researches of impertin, where, and by whom, this proposition was nent curiosity: these are questions which made : but, of that person hereafter : the may properly enough come under discussion time is now come when the people will another time; but, at present, all we have to have abundant opportunities of comparing ask is: biw, if the accounts were kept in his past professions with his present conduct. the manner described by Mr. 'Trotter and

It is said, that the letter of Lord Mel his principal, has ibat principal been able to ville, represented by Mr. Pitt as " contain:

discover, to a certainty, that he did not de. ing points of explanation of the highest rive any advantage from Mr. Trotter's male "importance,” states, that his lordship is practices; that he did noi, in short, go snacks Now ready to swear, that he derived no ad. with Mr. Troiter? Yet, the question goes vantage whatever from the use of the public further : how has that principal been able money flowing through his office.' The to make the discovery now, at this late, this reader will recollect, that he refused to swear very late hour? Docs any one imagine, that This, when under examination ; and, that Lord Melville did not know the contents of he sheltered himself under the 5th clause of the Tenth Report before that Report came the act, under which the Naval Commis out in the newspapers? It has been upon siopers were sitting. What can have in the table of the House of Commons these duced bim to change his mind? Or, where two months. How came his lordship not can he have obtained new lights upon the to think of the “ points of explanation of subject ? Every paper, relating to his con great importance," as his right hon, friend cerns with the treasurership of the navy, he calls them; how came he never to think of burnt, at his leisure hours, during his re subinitting these points to the commissiontirement in Scotland, as appears from his ers, and to offer (as it is said he has done) leller to the Commissioners (See Reg. p. to swear to them till now ? Now ! A55.) From his owo papers, therefore, he when the report is printed, and has been can bave obtained no information which he read and talked of by the whole nation, and did not possess when he wrote the afore when bis refusal to swear has been so univermentioned letter on the 30th of June last, sally insisted on as a proof of his having parprevious to his examination upon uath. But, ticipated ? Really, it is a pity the offer to we are told by one of bis partisans, that, swear (if it be at last made) was pot made he hesitated to answer before, because, Mr. sooner ! But, we have not yet driven the Trotter

, having so confounded the public nail home. Where; in the name of probaaccount with bis own and his own with shit bility and of common sense, I ask, wbere has of Lord Melville, had rendered it impossible bis lordship now found the happy means of for his lordship to know, whether he might, ascertaining with such precision, that he has or might not, have derived some advantage never received a share of Mr. Trotter's profrom Mr. Trotter's having misemployed the fits?' All his own papers, relative to the matpublic money! What! and, is it likely that ter, he had burnt previous to the month of Mr. Trotter should, against ibe' will of June last. Aj to Mr. Trotter's accounts no. Lord Melville, keep his accounts for so thing can have been gathered from them to

enlighten his conscience, because chat intel. sider of ihe answer be should give: Was thya ligent person biniself swore, that he was taking him by surprise? And now, after wable to state, whether Mr. Dundas had de having had five months to prepare his an rived any profit front ile use of the public swer, and four mooihs more to see bow that money, or not. There remains, then, no answer would be recrived, be comes wuh source but that of Mr. Dupdas's own recol. his points of explanation !" Verily, he who lection; and, upon an inquiry into' dates, lias a good cause stands not in need of such we shall find lite ground for believing, that indulgence, There are two or three de, recollection can have afforded him much as: lached arguments that I hase heard made wc sistance. from the language of his parti ot, in behalf of Lord Melville and Mr. Trotsans, one would conclude, that he had, in ter, vbich I will just notice. The best is, the first instance, bren taken by surprise ; that “ Lord Neliile is as poor as a church and, that, knowing Mr. Trotter to have ait. mouse." I coule, in the words of his own „vanced him great sums of noney, he could countryman, quorry the fact ; for, I think it pot positively swear, that none of that money will be allowed, har eleven thousand a year ever came out of the public purse, and, of from the public purie, bel ween him and his course, that he could not swear that he had lady. Iraves ih-m linie reas' n i complain of not derived any advantage from the inisuse poverty; especially when we see, hat about of the public money passing through his of right thousand a year is seuled on them for tice. But, first, observe, thai ibere was no lite. We have not the reut roll of Lord surprise. The Commissioners, with a de. Noiville; if we had, we should probably gree of candoor equal to their diligence, in. discover that he is far from being poor, even telligence, and integrity, permitted the per as to landrd estates. Besides ; what does a sons, whom they examined, to come after man want with money, but to make him wards and explain or correct the answers they great, and to make his family great; and, had given ; accordingly we see, that Mr. bas not be effected this? Is he not the first Trotier, Mr. Antrobus, and others, dill make Lord of ihe Admiralty of Great Britain: Is such exp'anations and corrections. Why henorinthe post formerly filled by Lord Hour, did not Lord Melville do the same? Then; Lord Spencer, and Lord St. l'incent ? Could bis let it be remenbered, that it is now iwo most daring hopes ever have aspired 10 such an months since the report was laid before par houour? Is he not, besides, the sovereign Jiament; and that it is four months since his dispen:er of power and wealıb in India and lordship's evidence was taken by the Com in Scotland? Let any one refer to an article, missioners. Strange, ihat he should never in a former part of this sheel, upon the subthink of bis explanations till now! Till now, ject of Scotch patronage ; and, let him secol1 bat the prople are demauding justice! But, lect, at the same time, that Lord Melville four months for consideration; four mon:lis has, for many years, had the disposing of Infor explanatiou is not all; for, it must be ob dia patronage in an amount bal p oduos a served, har bis lordship had a very long bundred thousand a year : let this be recol. time, in the first instance, to prepare those lccied, and let the reader consider what el. answers, which he now has thought ii veces fects this power has bad upon his own fanii sary to explain. Mr. Troiter wis examined ly. Mr. Dundas was, at one and the sanie before, and not only before, but several time, Treasurer of the Navy, President of months before, Lord Melville was examined. The Board of Control, and Secretary of State Mr. Trouter's examination began in June

for the War deparimeni.

What a sweep of last, and Lord Melville's took place in No power! What millions of patronage ! He is veuber. All the questions (which could be now at the bead of the Admiralıy; his neput to the latter had been put to the former pliew is Secretary at War. These were two first. One of them was in London and the departments bitherto not absolutely glotted other at Wimbledon; and, i leave any one

will the Dundas's and their followers. They to guess whether Mr. Trotter gave his lord were fresh fields, as it were ; and a glorious ship an account of what had, in respect to harvest they are yielding ! Let it be obhim, passed at the Board of Commissioners ! served, too, that Mr. Trotter, that ingenious Op the 14tb. of June (See Register, p. 488) accountant, is now again Paymaster of this Mr. Trotter was asked by ihe Commission Navy, This fact should be kept in view. C:s, whether Mr. Dundas had derived any The tenth report has advaptage from the misuse of the public mo

bim. Mr, Canning, , ney; and, it was not till the 5tb of November nas, I believe, the good fortune to be re that the same question was put to Lord lated to Lord Melville. Oh! it is a thrilig

, Melville (formerly Mr. Dundas) himself. and a thriving race! I see no signs

of Was not bere plenty of time for him to con. that poverty, of which the partisans of hår

not been able

to

remove

« PreviousContinue »