The Last Conquest of Ireland (Perhaps)

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doctrine which they called treason, as its sixteen pages would hold.

The arrest did not surprise me. It would have been easy for me to keep out of the way, or fly the country; but I was resolved to try conclusions with the "Whig" government in the matter of juries; knowing that they must either pack their jury so stringently as never was jury in this world, or I would obtain such a victory as would soon make the island untenable to them. Do not forget the speeches of Lord John Russell and Mr Macaulay, denouncing all jury-packing, which I quoted before. Both these men were now Ministers of the Queen.

For the next two weeks, awaiting the result of this trial, all things stood still in Ireland, except the famine, and the "Addresses of Confidence" from landlords, and the typhus fever, and the clearing of estates, and the wail of the Banshee. ...continue reading »

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The Last Conquest of Ireland (Perhaps)

by John Mitchel


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