The Last Conquest of Ireland (Perhaps)

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course induced many other Protestants to follow his example. The weekly contributions to the revenue of the Association became so great as to place in the hands of the Committee a large treasury to be used in spreading and organizing the movement: arbitration courts decided the people's complaints with general acceptation: and great meetings in American cities sent, by every steamship, their words of sympathy and bills of exchange.

It is not very certain that the "Government" was at first resolutely bent on pressing their prosecution to extremity. Probably they rather hoped that the show of a determination to put down the agitation somehow would cool the ardour both of demagogues and people. Plainly it had no such effect; and it was therefore, resolved to pursue the "Conspirators" to conviction and imprisonment, at any coat and by any means.

By what means they sought to secure this result—and how juries and verdicts are manufactured in Ireland—I shall narrate in the next chapter. ...continue reading »

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The Last Conquest of Ireland (Perhaps)

by John Mitchel


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