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him, though sure to fail, and "sacrifice his situation to their cause. That invaluable monument of Mr. Fox's candor, sincerity and wisdom is expressed in the followi

Downing-street, Feb. 18, 1806.

Jetter to Mr.

“ DEAR S'IR, Mr. Fox's " I owe you many apologies for not having Ryan.

'« sooner written, as I promised you to do in a “i short letter from St. Anne's Hill, or answered “ your last. With regard to your last, I have “ given it to Lord Henry Petty,* who has pro“ mised to attend to it, and who will, I have no

The sequel of this negociation for the appointment of state broker, or 'money' remitter will be most faithfully représented by Mi: Ryan biniself. It abounds with docunient, aś to the princió ples and Spirit of the Irish administration under the Duke of Bedford. Soon after this letter of Mr. Fox, Lord Henry Petty wrote to Mr. Ryan the following letter..

London, March 1, 1806. “"Sir, “ It gave'me the greatest pleasure, both from personal regard “' for yourself, as well as from respect for the interest and cause; “ with which you are connected, to concur with Mr. Fox, in “ recommending you for the appointment you desire ; the no“ mination to it must lay with the Irish Treasury ; but Mr. Fox “and I have both 'spoken to Sir John Newport on the subject, « in the strongest térms, and I have no doubt of his disposition " to serve you. I ami, -Sir, . “ With the greatest régard, " Your faithful humble servant,

« HENRY PETTY."

"doubt `(unless unforeseen difficulties should " arise) be happy to comply with your wishes. “With respect to the question you put to me

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After some stormy meetings of Catholics in Dublin, which turned upon the conduct of Mr. Ryan, in soliciting the appointment for himself, and the effects of Mr. Fox's letter, with reference to the Catholic 'cause in general, Mr. Ryan thus winds up the narrative of his ultimate disappointment, through the countervailing influence of Mr. Ponsonby, and the predominating sympathies of the new managers of the system in Ireland with their predecessors. “ Relieved in a great measure from the “ persecution of iny enemies, the reputed patriots of the day, I " went over to England to ascertain Sir John Newport's inten“ Įions respecting the employment in question ; I had an inter“ yiew with him at his public office in Whitehall. . He told me " he was sorry he was precluded from complying with the soli“ citations of Mr. Fox and Lord Henry Petty, to nominate me " to the agency of drawing for the money raised in England for “ Trish account. That he had been perfectly willing to do so, ." if it was consistent with an impartial performance of his pub " liç duty. He said, he had been willing to remove Mr. Raw" lins, provided he found his political principles and conduct “ were not of the most liberal kind. That he had resorted in to" tal ignorance of Mr. Rawlins to the authorities, which, he • hoped, I would consider to be the most suitable to apply to, .“ namely to the Lord Chancellor Ponsonby and Mr. Henry “ Grattan. · He said, they replied to his enquiry, by stating “ there was no man in this country, who was a more strict ad. “ herent to all the liberal principles, which they professed, than “Mr. Rawlins. He concluded by hoping, I would be convinced " he acted upon the occasion with perfect impartiality. I took my departure, after expressing my obligation for the honour" able part 'he had acted, and assuring him, that Mr. Grattan " and Lord Chancellor Ponsonby would not find many in Dub“ lin to agree with them in the report, they gave of Mr. Raw, " lins's political principles.".. . VOL. II. . . x .

1806. :“ about the presentation of a Catholic petition this

year; I have consulted with our friends, who all
“ agree in thinking, that, for the interest of the
“ cause, such a measure ought to be deferred to
«. another session.' Measures are actually taking,
" by the removal of Lord Redesdale, Mr. Foster,
" and others, to shew the good intentions of the
“ ministry towards your body. Steps still more
“ important will be taken to manifest our disposi-
" tion, by doing for the Catholics all that is con-
:* sistent with existing bad laws, by giving them
“in substance what they have now only, in
“ words; a right to be in the army, to be corpo-
“ rators, &c. &c. by a change of justices of peace,
“ whose conduct has been notoriously opprëssive.
" I hope too, by some arrangement about tythes.
• And, in fine, by giving you all the share in the
“ government of your country, that we can give.
". The effect of these measures will be partly to
"' make the Catholics of the lower order moré sa-
-"* tisfied, partly to enable them to come with ad-
*** ditional strength and weight, when they again
... assert their claims. “I therefore strongly recom:

"'mend suspending the Petition for a time. If -66 lowever, it should, notwithstanding our wishes, “ be presented, I will support it with all my power; s but the divisions of last year and the opinions, " which have been industriously propagated in " this country, make me despair of success, unless " we could have active assistance from a quarter, "in which to look for passive acquiescence, is “ perhaps, more than we can reasonably expect. If subjects: he was a friend to the present administra- 1806, tion; every Catholic in the land, who had a principle of gratitude in his heart, should be friendly to it. The present ministers were the most sted, fast, zealous advocates, that ever supported the Catholic cause. From what had appeared to the public, and from communication of high and unquestionable authority, he was convinced, Mr. Fox and his friends could not during the present session with any prospect of success, and without the country's being deprived of the benefit of their great and splendid abilities, bring forward the discussion of the Catholic question. It would theretore be impolitic and ungrateful to agitate a measure, the result of which would be ruinous to their cause, injurious to their friends, and disgraceful to themselves. He would therefore oppose any per- . , son's taking the chair. Thereupon great tumult : . arose, which ended in Lord Southwell's taking the chair. Mr. M‘Donnell then moved, that a letter written by Mr. Fox to Mr. Ryan on the sub

ject of Catholic claims, should be read, which was ..objected to with great vehemence by a gentleman

of the law, who insisted, that Mr. Ryan had
without any authority assumed the character of
agent for the Irish Catholics, and acted as their
organ in corresponding with the minister. Such .
conduct he would not. mark by any term of aspe-
rity, but would call it assumption. He felt him-
self bounden to reprobate it, as unwarrantable,
and establishing a precedent, derogatory from the
dignity, and injurious to the interests of the Ca-

1806. gentlemen in Dublin (about 80 in all) the follow. ||

ing circular notice: .. i

77, Marlborough-street, Feb. 26, 1806. : “Sir,

"I have to beg the favor of your attendance here on Saturday next at half past two o'clock, in order, that I may lay before you and other members of the Catholic body a letter, which I have re. ceived from Mr. Fox on the subject of their quëstion. I am very truly, your's, &c. .

“ JAMES RYAN."

Street.

Indefatigable pains were privately taken to induce the Lords and some of the leading Catholics of fortune in Dublin to attend this meeting, and give

sanction to what proposals might be made at it. atbolic :. A meeting of Catholics was holden on the 1st of Meeting in Marlborogh March 1806, at the usual place in Marlborough

street, consisting of nearly of one hundred persons, mostly relatives and dependants of Mr. M'Donnell and Mr. Ryan; yet several uninvited Catholics of rank and respectability attended. Lord French, who had hitherto supported Mr. Ryan, became disgusted at an unwarranted assumption of power over the body: and when Lord Southwell was called to the chair, he opposed it with great energy. He said, that in the present state of the Empire, he would oppose the agitation of any question, that could tend to create ferments, alarms, or disunion amongst his Majesty's

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