Ireland have done well in naming the scene of their future counsels the
cause of all our misery, and suggests the cure. Prostrated by division,
is our hope.
united, the Repeal of the Union would be instantly and quietly conceded. A
Parliament, at whose election mutual generosity would be in every heart
every act, would take the management of Ireland. For oh! we ask our direst foe to say from
of his heart, would not the People of Ireland melt with joy and love to
Protestant brethren if they united and conquered? And surely from such
noble crops would grow. No southern plain heavy with corn, and shining
fruit-clad hamlets, ever looked so warm and happy as would the soul of Ireland, bursting out with all the generosity and
beauty of a
opening of the Conciliation Hall will be a signal to Catholic and
try and agree.
Protestant brethren cannot shut their eyes to the honour it would
them and us if we gave up old brawls and bitterness, and came together
like Christians, in feeling like countrymen, in policy like men having
interests. Can they—ah! tell us, dear countrymen!—can you harden your
the thought of looking on Irishmen joined in commerce, agriculture,
justice, government, wealth, and glory?
aristocracy placed by just laws, or by wise concession, on terms of
with their tenants, securing to these tenants every farthing their
them to; living among them, promoting agriculture and education by
instruction; sharing their joys, comforting their sorrows, and ready to
at their head whenever their country called. Think well on it. Suppose
exist in your own county, in your own barony and parish. Dwell on this
See the life of such a landlord and of such farmers—so busy, so
happy! How the villages would ring with pleasure, and trade, and the
laugh with contented and cheered labour. Imagine the poor supporting
on those waste lands which the home expenditure of our rents and taxes
reclaim, and the workhouse turned into an hospital, or a district
Education and art would prosper; every village, like Italy, with its painter of repute. Then indeed
the men of
all creeds would be competent by education to judge of doctrines; yet,
influenced by that education, to see that God meant men to live, and
ennoble their souls; to be just, and to worship Him, and not to consume
themselves in rites, or theological contention; or if they did discuss,
would do so not as enemies, but inquirers after truth. The clergy of
creeds would be placed on an equality, and would hope to propagate
not by hard names or furious preaching, but by their dignity and
wisdom, and by
the marked goodness of their flocks. Men might meet or part at church
door without sneer or suspicion. From the christening of the child,
neighbours, Catholic and Protestant, followed his grey-haired corpse to
tomb, he might live enjoying much, honoured much, and fearing nothing
own carelessness or vice.
said, is a paradise.
would still be individual crime and misfortune, national difficulties
popular errors. These are in the happiest and best countries. But the
of many countries is as Paradise to what we are.
else in Europe
is the peasant ragged, fed on roots, in a wigwam, without education?
else are the
towns ruined, trade banished, the till, and the workshop, and the
the artisan empty? Where else is there an exportation of over one-third
rents, and an absenteeism of the chief landlords? What other country
and a half million taxes to a foreign treasury, and has its offices
filled with foreigners? Where else are the People told they are free
represented, yet only one in two hundred of them have the franchise?
beside, do the majority support the Clergy of the minority? In what
country are the majority excluded from high ranks in the University? In
place, beside, do landlords and agents extort such vast rents from an
race? Where else are the tenants ever pulling, the owners ever driving,
both full of anger? And what country so fruitful and populous, so
well marked and guarded by the sea, and with such an ancient name, was
to provincialism by bribery and treacherous force, and is denied all
be, as it must, ‘nowhere is the like seen,’ then we say that union
Irishmen would make this country comparatively a paradise. For union
peacefully achieve independence; would enable us to settle the landlord
tenant question; would produce religious equality, as the first act of
independence; would restore the absentees by the first of our taxes;
cherish our commerce, facilitate agriculture and manufactures, and
introduce peace and social exertion, instead of religious and political
ask the Protestant to ponder over these things—to think of them when he
down—to talk over them to his Catholic neighbours—to see if he and they
couldn't agree—and to offer up in church his solemn prayers that this
and noble conclusion of our mourning may be vouchsafed.
that has been said or done by the Catholic party, is there evidence of
intolerant and usurping spirit which the Protestants seem to dread?
possible for a whole People of some millions of men, women, and
tell a public lie, and to persevere in the giant falsehood for years?
present generation have been brought up in this faith of religious
and they would be liars, and apostates too, if they wished for
may add it would not be safe nor possible for the Catholics to
ascendency, even if the Union were repealed: and, therefore, we again
Protestants, for the sake of peace, interest, and religion, try if they
unite with the Catholics for the prosperity of Ireland.
we have nothing to say but to redouble their efforts.
fixed and everlasting duty, independently of the political results it
have. If they despaired of winning the Protestants to Repeal,
would still be their duty, as men and Christians. But there is every
hope. The Protestants, in defeating the rack-renters' anti-Repeal
showed they began to see their interest. Something has been, more shall
to remove the prejudice against the Catholics, derived from lying
and if we may take the stern reproof of the Banner of Ulster
the Evening Mail as speaking the sentiments of the
of the North, then they begin to feel like religious Irishmen, and they
presently be with us.