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| No need to enter into the delicacy of their attentions. Nothing could

rival the affection which was borne our bero by every mother in the No. XXV. VER-VERT;

convent, except the confessor; and even with respect to him, a sincere OR, THE PARROT OF THE NUNS: --.

| MS, has left it in record, that in more than one heart the bird had the What wotds have passed thy lips P” ZMOLTO

advantage of the holy father. He partook, at all events, of all the PREFACE.IT

pretty sops and syrups with which the dear Father in God (thanks to Tris story is the subject of one of the most agreeable poems in the

the kindness of these sugared nuns) consoled his reverend stomach, Frenteh language, and has the additional piquancy of having been Nuns have leisure: they have also loving hearts.; Ver-Vert was a handled by the author when he was a Jesuit. The delicate moral lawful object of attachment, and he became the soul of the place, All insinuated against the waste of time in nunneries, and the perversion

the house loved him, except a few old nuns whom time and the tooth of good and useful feeling into trilling channels, promised to have an ache rendered jealous surveyors of the young ones. Not having arrived etiect (and very likely has had) which startled some scrupulous persons.

at years of discretion, too much judgment was not expected of him, Our author did not remain a Jesuit long ; but he was allowed to retire

He said and did what he pleased, and everything was found charming from his. order without scandal. He was a man of so much integrity

He lightened the labours of the good sisters, pulling their veils, and as well as wit, that his brethren regretted his loss, as much as the pecking their stomachers.. No party could be pleasant if he was not world were pleased with acquiring him.;

there to shine and to sidle about; to flutter and to whistle, and to After having undergone the admiration of the circles in Paris, play the nightingale. sport he

play the nightingale. Sport he did, that is certain; and yet he had all. Gresset married, and lived in retirement. He died about fifty years

the modesty, all the prudent daring and humility in the midst of his back, beloved by every body but the critics. They worried him as a pretensions, which become a novice, even in sporting, Twenty tongues matter of course, because he was original. He was intimate with were incessantly asking him questions, and he replied with justice to, Jean Jacques Rousseau. The self-tormenting and somewhat affected every one. Thus it was, of old, that Cæsar dictated to four persons at philosopher came to see him in his retreat, and being interrogated once in different styles. respecting his misfortunes, said to him, “ You have made a parrot

| Our favourite was admitted every where about the house. He prespeak ; but you will find it a harder task with a bear.”—Natural!

ferred dining in the refectory, where he eat as he pleased. In the inand philosophic!

tervals of the table, being of an indefatigable stomach, he amused his Gresset wrote other poems, and a comedy, which are admired, but I gums with whole pocket-loads of sweetmeats which the núns always the Parrot is the feather in his cap. It was an addition to the stock kept for him.. Delicate attentions, ingenious and preventing cares, of originality, and has greater right perhaps than the Lutrin to challenge

were born, they say, among the Visitandines. The happy Ver Vert a dotice from the Rape of the Lock. This is spoken with deference to

had reason to think so. He had a better place of it than a partot at better French scholars; but there is at least more of Pope's delicacy

court; and lay-lapped up, as it were, in the very glove of conand pungent essence in the Ver-Vert than in the Lutrin; and it does

tentments : not depend so much as the latter upon a mimicry of the grave heroic.

At night he slept in whatever cell he chose, and happy, too happy, It is less made up of what precedes it.

was the blessed mother, whose retreat at the return of night-fall it! .I am afraid this is but a bad preface to a prose translation, pleased him to honour with his presence. He seldom lodged with the would willingly have done it in verse, but my imagination fails me old ones. The neat povices, with their simple alcoves, were more to here, when expedition is required, and after wistfuily looking at a nis taste

ding at his taste; which, you must observe, had always a peculiar turn for page or two with which I indulged myself. I have renounced the propriety. He used to take his station on the agnus-box, and remain temptation. A reader who is not bitten with the love of rhyme, does where the the star o

he does there till the star of Venus. rose in the morning. He had then the not know how much philosophy is requisite to do this : but he may pleasure of w

pleasure of witnessing the toilet of the fresh little nun; for between guess, if he has a turn for good eating, and gives up dining with a ourselves (and I say it in a whisper) nuns have toilets. I have read

somewhere, that they even like good ones. Plain, veils require well I must mention that a subject of this nature is of necessity more, setting, as well as lace and diamonds. Furthermore, they have their piquant in a Catholic country than a Protestant. But the loss of poor

fashions and modes. There is an art, a gusto in these things, out in Ver-Vert's purity of speech comes home to all Christendom; and it

the world; and so there is wherever they come, Sack-cloth itself is hard if ibe tender imaginations of the fair sex do not sympathize

may sit well.“ Huckaback may have an air. The swarm of the little every where, both with parrot and with nuns. When the poem an-Loves, who meddle everywhere, and know how to whisk through peared in France, it touched the fibres of the whole polite world, grates and turnirig-boxes, take a pleasure in giving a profane turn to inale and female. A minister of state made the author a present of a la bandeau,- piquancy to a nuns tucker. In short, before one goes coffee equipage in porcelain, on which was painted in the most deli-to the parlour, it is as well to give a glance or two at the looking cate colours the whole history of the immortal bird." If I had the glass. But let that rest. I say all in confidence: and now to retard leisure and the riches of Mr. Rogers, nothing should hinder me from to our hero trying to out-do the delicacy of one of his publications, in versifying al In this happy indolence Ver-Vert passed his time, without trouble, subject so worthy of vellum and morocco. The paper should be as soft as the nuns lips, the register as rose-coloured ; every canto should

forgot her sparrows: four canary-birds died out of pure rage: and two have vignettes from the hand of Stothard; and the binding should be

he-cats, once in favour, took to their cushions, and never afterwards green and gold, the colours of the hero.

held up their heads. Alas! and must all this end in a prose abstract and an anti-climax!

Who would have foreboded, amidst a life so charming, that his Weep all ye little loves, ye “ Veneres Cupidinesque!

morals were taken care of, only to be ruined; that a day should come, Et quantum est hominum venustiorum."

a day full of crime and astonishment, when Ver-Vert, the idol of so But first enable us, for our good will, to relate the story, albeit we many hearts, would be nothing but an object of mingled pity and cabrot do it justice.



Let us delay our tears as long as possible, for come they must:---sad AT Nevers, then, says our author, in the convent of the Visitandines, fruit of the over-lender regard of our dear sisters ! lived, not long ago, a famous Parrot. His talents and generous heart,

CHAPTER II. nay, even the virtues he possessed, besides his more earthly graces, You may guess, that in a school like this, a bird of our hero's parts would have made his whole life happy as a part of it, if happiness of speech could want nothing of perfection. Like a nun, he never were made for hearts like his.

ceased talking, except at meals. It is true, he always-spoke like a Ver-Vert (for such was his name) was brought early from his native book, and in a style pickled and preserved in the very unction of good dimate, and while yet in his tender years, and ignorant of everything, behaviour. He was none of your flashy parrots, puffed up with the was shut up in this convent for his good. He was a handsome crea- airs in mode, and learned only in vanities. Ver-Vert was a devout ture, brilliant, spruce, and full of spirits, with all the candour and fowl; a beautiful soul, led by the hand of innocence. He had no amiableness natural to his time of life; tender and lively, but never- notion of evil, nor uttered an immodest word: but to be even with theless as innocent as could be : in short, a bird worthy of such a you, he was deep in canticles, Oremuses, and mystical colloquies. blessed cage. His very pratile showed him born for a convent. | His Pax vobiscum was edifying. His Hail, sister, was inot to lie lightly When we ar that nuna ur Aautala to look after a thina wa gav all. I thought of He knew even a little soliloquy and son his deli



catest touches out of Marie Alacoque. Doubtless, he had all the

UNITED PARLIAMENT. helps to edification. There were many learned sisters in the convent who knew by heart, every bit, all the Christmas carols, ancient and

HOUSE OF LORDS. modern. Formed under their auspices, he soon equalled his instruc

Monday, February 7. tors. He even expressed their very tone, giving it all the pious

STATE OF THE NAVY. lengthiness, the holy sighs, and languishing cadences of the singing of Lord DARNLEY presented a petition from John Berridge, praying that the dear sisters, groaning little doves.

the House would cagse a full inquiry into the state of the Nary. The

Noble Lord said, that, from inquiries he had instiloted, be was able to · The renown of merit like this was not to be confined to a cloister. contradict the reports in circulation of the bad state of several of the ships In all Nevers, from morning till night, nothing was talked of but the of war. darling scenes exhibited by the parrot of the blessed puns. People Lord MelVILLE declared that, beyond the usual decay, there was no came as far as from Moulins to see him. Ver-Vert never budged out truth in the report. The petitioner said he had discovered a nostrom for of the parlour. 'Sister Melanie, in her best stomacher, held him, and coring the dry rot; but the dry rot did not exist to any extent; and if made the spectators remark his colours, his charms, his infantine they were to take any period of history, taking into consideration the sweetness. His happy air sat at the receipt of victory. But even number of ships, and compare it with the present, they would select the these attractions were forgotten when he spoke. Polished, rounded, !

latter as that period in which the greater number of ships were to be found brim-füll of the holy gentilities which the younger aspirants had taught

in a sound state, and likely to last long. During the war, in consequence

of the scarcity of timber, ships were occasionally built of timber liable to him, our illustrious bird commenced his recitation. Every instant a

decay faster ihan that of which ships were built in ordinary times. But new charm developed itself; and what was remarkable, nobody fell

the Navy Board pow guarded agaiost the use of that sort of timber. Many asleep. They listened, they hummed, they applauded. He never

propositions had been made for preventing a too rapid decay, but he set so theless, trained to perfection, and convinced of the nothingness of value on any nostram. The only effectual remedy, he conceived, was to glory, always withdrew into the recesses of his heart, and triumphed use.good and well-seasoned oak. The navy was now in a better state with modesty. Closing his beak, and dropping into a low tone of than it bad been at any former perlod. voice, he bowed himself with sanctity, and so left his world edified.

Wednesday, February 23. He uttered nothing under a gentility or a dulcitude; with the excep I. MABERLY AND CO. APPELLANTS, THE BANI OF SCOTLAND, tion of a few words of scandal or so, which crept from the convent

RESPONDENTS. grate into the parlour.'

Maberly and Co. the appellants, received, through their agent at Thus lived, in this delectable nest, like a master, a saint, and a true

Aberdeen, a parcel of notes of the Bank of Scotland. Tbese tbey trans

mitted in halves by a coach to the Bank of Scotland, in Edinburgh, for sage as he was, Father Ver-Vert, dear to more than one Hebe, fat as

payment. The coach was either robbed, or some accident occurred, a monk and not less reverend, handsome as a sweet-heart, knowing

which prevented the first halves from ever arriving at their destination. as an abbé, always loved, and always worthy to be loved, polished,

The second balves, however, arrived safe, but the Bank of Scotland refased perfumed, cockered up, the very pink of perfection; happy, in short, payment, though they were offered a guarantee against loss, as they did if he had never travelled.

not receive the whole notes. Maberly and Co. brought their action in the But now comes the time of miserable memory, the critical minute

Scotch Courts of Session, but were defeated. They appealed, and in which his glory is to be eclipsed. O crime! O shame! O cruel

Lord GIFFORD to-day delivered his judgment, reversing the decree

obtained in Scotland, and thus deciding that the Bank of Scotland were recollection! Fatal journey, why must we see thy history beforehand ! Alas! a great name is a dangerous thing. Your retired lot is by

bound to pay the value of the notes. much the best. Let this example, my friends, show you, that too

Thursday, Feb. 24.

SPRING-GUNS, &c. many talents, and too flattering a success, often bring in their train

Lord SUFFIELD brought in a bill to prohibit the use of Spring-guns, or the ruin of one's morals.

other instruments of Death, for the purpose of preserving game, &c. “ The renown of thy brilliant achievements, Ver-Vert, spread abroad His Lordship contended, that no individual should have the power to on every side, even as far as Nantes. There, as everybody knows, is punish an offence with death, for whicb the law inflicted a more lepient the meek fold of the reverend Mothers of the Visitation,-ladies who, punishment, and that innocent persons, more frequently than poachers, as elsewhere in this nation, are by no means the last to know every I fell victims to tbese deadly iostruments.-The bill was read, and ordered thing. To hear of our parrot was to desire to see him. Desire at all

o hear of our parrot was to desire to see him Desire atau for a second reading this day week. times is a devouring flame;—but in a nun!


Lord DonOUP MORE presented a petition from Ireland, signed by one Behold, at one blow, twenty heads turned for a parrot. They write hundred thousand persons (among whom were the most eminent indi. to Nevers to beg that this bewitching bird may be allowed to come viduals in the Catholic Body, for rank, talents, and wealth)-praying down the Loire, and pay them a visit. The letter goes; but when, that the House would take the grievances of the Irish Catholics into its ah when will come the answer? In a dozen days. What an age! serious consideration. His Lordship, after making various observations Letter upon letter is despatched, request on request. There is no

upon the justice and policy of granting the claims of seven millions of more sleep in the house. Sister Cecilie will die of it.

aggrieved fellow-subjects, moved that the petition be read, intimating

that he sbould wait the result of the proceedings in the other House At length the formidable epislle arrives at Nevers. Awful business!

before be should propose a day for its consideration.-The petition was A chapter is held upon it. Dismay follows the consultation. “What! read and laid on the table, lose Ver-Vert! O heavens! What are we to do in these desolate holes Lord LANSDOWN presented another petition, having the same object, and corners without the dear bird! Better to die at once!” Thus signed by a number of Protestants in Ireland; among whom were the spoke one of the younger sisters, whose lively heart, tired of having Duke of Leinster, the Earl of Meath, the Marquisses of Westmeath and nothing to do, still lay open to a little innocent pleasure. To say the Downshire, the Earls of Limeric and Charlemont, Lords Gledgall, trutb, it was no great matter to long to keep a parrot, in a place

Riversdale, Forbes, and many other Noblemen and Gentlemen, bankers, wbere no other bird was to be had. Nevertheless the older nuns

merchants, &c. in a word, great landed proprietors, wealthy capitalists, determined upon letting the charming pupil go,-for fifteen days.

and opulent merchants-men intimately connected with all the great Their prudent heads did not chuse to embroil themselves with our

interests of Ireland, who had signed the petition after due deliberation,

| and who all believed that to admit their Catholic brethren to an equal sisters of Nantes. .

share of the benefits of the Constitution, would advance the prosperity, This bill on the part of their ladyships produced great disorders in and add to the security of the country.Read and laid on the table.' the commons. What a sacrifice! Is it in human nature to consent Two petitions were then presented against the claims of the Catholics :. to it? « Is it true?" quoth sister Seraphine: “ What! live, and one from the Dublin Corporation, and the other from the Guild of Mer Ver-Vert away!” In another quarter of the room, thrice did the chants in Dublin.

room, thrice did the chants in Dublin.-Read and laid on the table. vestry-nun turn pale: four times did she sigh; she wept, she groaned, she fainted, she lost her voice. The whole place is in mourning. I

HOUSE OF COMMONS. know not what prophetic finger traced the journey in black colours;

Monday, Feb. 21. but the dreams of the night redoubled the horrors of the day. In vain.

| Many petitions were presented against the bill for suppressing the The fatal moment arrives; everything is ready: courage must be

Catholic Association, several of them from towns in England. Petitions summoned to bid adieu. Not a sister but groaned like a turtle; so

for the repeal of the Assessed Taxes were also presented long was the widowhood she anticipated. How many kisses did not


In a Committe of Supply, Sir G. Clerk brought forward the Navy Ver-Vert receive in going out! They detain him: they bathe him

Estimates, observing, that on the extraordinaries, there was an increase in with tears: his charms redouble at every step. Nevertheless, he is at

the present year, as compared with the lası, of 120,000l. This arose length outside the walls; and out of the monastery, with him flies from the enhanced price of materials, and from the additional expense of Love!

wear and tear. On the ordinary estimate, there was an increase of 80,0001, O N The concluding Chapters in our next.]

in consequence of a very considerable addition having been made in the wages of she artificers employed in the dock-yards, Tbe saw yoted las

year was 460,000%. This year about 540,0001. would be necessary. On the Earl-Marshal, the Howards, the Talbots, and the Arundels, down to the half-pay, pensions, and superannuations, there was a reduction. A con- the meanest peasant, was pledged to link his fate with that of the Associa. siderable sum was charged for carrying on several of the new works on tion. The right of free discussion was the only plank which was left to the coast. Amongst these, one of the most prominent was the docks at the despairing Catholics; and to that they would cling to the last moment, Sheerness. It was estimated that 50,0001. would complete the under-|(Hear, hear :') taking. The sum of 795,0001. might be considered sufficient for all the Sir E. KNATCHBOLL gave his hearty support to the bill. works. There was an increase on the estimate for the works in progress at Mr. M. FITZGERALD maintained that the danger was not in the Catholic Plymouth Sound. Independent of the ordinary works, they were building Association, but in the long postponement of justice to the Catholics, a Tight-bouse there, and it was necessary that that part of ibe break-water solemnly promised to them by Mr. Pitt at the Union. The bill would not which adjoined the light-house should be built more substantially than remove the danger, but only drive it to other modes of expression. Until the otber portions of it. It should also be observed, that the break-water the system was changed, the growing strength of Ireland most be deemed bad received some damage from the burricane of November last. But a curse, not a blessing. (Hear, hear') All classes in Ireland were now the mischief was not of any very considerable extent. That great national united in demanding their just claims; and if a people were insulted and Fork proved, on that occasion, that it was perfectly suited to effect the degraded, and rendered desperate, it was not surprising that their direction object for which it was erected. The estimate, before the injury from should fall into the bands of the boldest and ablest men amongst them. the gales, was 286,0001., it would be now 295,0001. Some alteration (Hear, hear?)– The increasing religious zeal evinced on the Continent was would be made in the buildings connected with the victualling depart- to be observed with jealousy. The Court of France would be forward ment, &c., at Plymouth. It was in contemplation to build a sca-wall, for enough to assist in reviving the ancient Church influence over the mass of the greater security of shipping. The expense altogether would amount the people. If the Catholic faith was to be denounced in England ; if to about 40,0001. He concluded by moving for the som of 54,8861. to | the Catholics of Ireland were to be shut out for ever; if they could only defray the salaries and contingent expenses of the be admitted to their rights by ceasing to be Catholics, was there nothing for 1825.

to be apprehended from the infiammatory paragraphs with which the Mr. Home said, that he could not see the necessity of so large an ex-papers of the continent were filled, characterising England peculiarly as pense. In 1817, the estimate was 5,242,0001. but this year it reached the country of intolerance, and telling her to look at Ireland, when she 5,980,0001. The system of keeping up half-pay and allowances on so talked of having given liberty to the world? The ultra' newspapers of extensire a scale was decidedly bad. Why did not Ministers bring back France spoke out England dares not go to war, for Ireland is a magato the service persons who were on half-pay when vacancies occurred;zine of gunpowder, which a single spark would explode upon her bands.” bot promotions were now nearly as great as ever. The naval force now Was it supposed that these newspapers did not reach, or that they were kept up was much too large, and not less than a million a year was ex- not understood by the Irish Catholics? After all that this country had pended in building new ships, though we had already 500 ships' of war; a done to re-establish the throne of the Bourbons, he doubted whether that greater naval force than that possessed by all the rest of the world. The House would not be more ready to tamper with the population of Ireland dry rot, although the Hon. Coinptroller smiled, was doing a deal of mischief than the government which we had overthrown. He believed that Na.' among the new ships; and it would be far better to keep the old in good poleon would never have stirred up a religious war; but he was far from repair, than to go on building new ones, for, owing to the invention of entertaining the same opinion with respect to the present reigning family, islean navigation, a war, come when it mighi, would be conducted in a In conclusion, the Hon. Member 'contended, that it was absurd to suppose Tery different way from wbat it bad been, and the new ships might not be the Catholics would ever cease to prosecute their claims-knowing, as wanted at all. The costly works at Sheerness he deemed altogether un. they did, that those claims were viewed as rights by many of the very Decescary; and he protested against such a useless and extravagant ex highest authorities in the British empire. The bill would be worse than spenditure.

useless, unless accompanied by some measure of practical relief. Mr. ROBERTSON contended that the Hon. Member's views were quite . Colonel French was of opinion, that the evils which affected the popu. erroneons, and he trusted that Ministers would not shrink from their lation of Ireland, Jay out of the reach of the Legislature; all, however, daly, but would extend the navy as much as possible, not only to repel had been done, that could be done, in spite of those whose interest lay in the aggression of foreign powers, but to protect the immense commerce of the continuance of dissention and discontent. Great Britain. (Hear.)

Mr. Sykes maintained, that the opinion of the great body of the people This and various other sums were then yoted. Some observations having of England bad changed on the subject of the Catholic question. lo the been quade respecting the discharged shipwrights, Mr. Home said, he was very populous town (Hall) which he had the honour to represent, all sorry to add to what led fallen from the President of the Board of Trade, feeling of illiberality on the score of religion had in a very great degree that the conduct of the workmen in all parts of the country, since the

declined. He remembered a time when those who supported the Catholic repeal of the Combination of Laws, wbich he had laboured so much to question were not only unpopular, but were in some personal danger ; but procure, had been highly blameable. (Hear.) They had attempted to now, he not only professed himself favourable to the Catholics of Ireland, impose upon their masters regulations far more arbitrary and degrading but declared himself a decided advocate for their claims; and he was than those which they had themselves so much complained of. He hoped certain that at the next election he should not find one enemy on that the recent successes of the masters who had withstood these attempts, ground. (Cheers.) The fact was, the eyes of the people were now would teach the workmen, that this ungracious and impolitic conduct of

opened. They were becoming every day more enlightened, and saw the theirs would drive their best friends, in and out of that house, to wish for

absurdity and injustice of depriving any man of his civil privileges on ao. the re-enactment of the old laws. (Hear.)

count of his religious opinions. (Hear, hear!) As to the mode in which

the Catholics should be treated, he would suggest CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION-UNLAWFUL SOCIETIES' BILL. On the motion for the second reading of this bill, Lord Nugent com

. « Be to their virtues very kind, penied on the different opinions which prevailed among tlie supporters of

“ Be to their faults a little blind." this measure, some of whom maintained that the Catholic Association did But coercion, such as this bill proposed, would be wholly ineffectual. represent the feelings and wishes of Ireland, wbile others as resolutely Mr. GRENFELL explained what bad fallen from him the other evening. esserted that it did not; and yet, though so directly and strangely op- He had not, he said, called the Catholic Association " a bullying Associaposed to each other, they all voted for the bill! Ireland, some of them tien," nor had he pledged himself to support the measure : and now, after arerred, was in a state of disturbance-while others insisted that it was in having read the right honourable gentleman's bill, he was prepared to a more dangerous condition-namely, in perfect repose! What good oppose its second reading. (Hear, hear!) He stated on a former evening result could be expected from a measure which its supporters contended that it was impossible to expect that 6,000,000 of Catholics could for on such contradictory grounds? There was no evidence adduced in submit to 1,000,000 of Protestants, and he added, that if it were in his Support of it; and if there even had been, the measure was extremely bad, dying hour, he would express his hope that if those six millions were as it would be quite inefficient for any other end than that of irritation. I oppressed, they might resist, and that if they did resist they might be Even Mioisters had np reliance on the operation of the bill, which was one successful. both of threat and intrealy. The language which had been made use of Mr. Phillips denied that the existence of the Association had prevented was neither more nor less than this—« We (the Parliament) have passed Englishmen from embarking their capital in business in Ireland, as was as act to send you the Catholics) all to prison; but we know that if you stated by Mr. Goulburn. He knew that the manufacturers in Lancashire hare common shrewdness, you may evade the penalty, and we therefore were not at all afraid to send over their cotton-twist, and he was glad to beg that you will be good enough, both for your own sakes and for ours, say that that trade was extending every day. But though the country was to conform to our wishes." The proceedings put him in mind of a story now tranquil, he was convinced that its tranquillity would not be permanent, wbieb was told of the late King of France. An emigrant nobleman who unless it rested upon an ainicable settlement of the Catbolic question. Tbat. had accompanied the King to this country, committed some offence, real lie could hardly hope for wbile he saw the Cabinet so divided upon this & supposed, against his Majesty, for which he was cited to appear à lit important qnestion. He was almost ashamed of the name of Englishman, de justice, which was at the house of the sovereign. The 'nobleman did ' when he reflected on the degradation to which England was exposed in Dot appear, and was, therefore, condemned par contumace, and sentenced Europe, even in the eyes of the Holy Alliance, by her illiberality on the to consider himself a close prisoner in the Conciergerie, al Paris. (A laugh.) ground of religious difference. (Hear.) I was the duty of every friend of liberty to oppose the bill. He believed į The cries of “ Question” now became very loud and general, and the that the closest sympathy existed between the Association and the Catholic 'House divided, when there appeared-For the second reading, 253 body in Ireland, and he knew that it was the case with respect to the Against it, 107-Majority, 146. Catholics of England. There had been very little communication of i

Tuesılay, Feb. 22. feeling belween the English Catholics and the Irish Association, until The second reading of the Oil Gas Bill was opposed, but was carried,

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