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ciliation, or even cast a momentary glance count Clifden, for the zeal and ability of pity upon the unmerited state of de- with which he presented our petition, and gradation to which we have been reduced for his unwearied exertions in his country's is our native land, we should feel our. selves bound to obey the awful call of one That our thanks are due, and are herecommon coupiry, and one common God, by given to the High Sheriff, Win. Knou, and contribute our best efforts to soften esq. for the polite and gracious manner down mutual asperities, conciliate mu- with which he has accommodated us, with tual differences, and to extinguish dis- the Court-house for this meeting. union.

Signed) WM. GERALD BAGOT. That our warmest thanks are due, and W'm. Gerald Bagot, esq having retired ar: hereby given to those liberal and en. from the Chair, and Benedict Hamilton, lightened Protestant gentlemen of this, esq. being called thereto, it was unaniand of the adjoining counties:---Benedict nously Resolved, Hamilton, esq., lord of the Maner of That the thanks of this meeting are Carlow; Pbilip Newton, Thomas Butler, hereby given to William Gerald Bagui, fur George Latouche, Henry Tighe, John his dignified and proper conduct in the Stuart, Wm. Cooper, Henry Bunbury, chair, and fur the eloquent and peculiarly Edward Eustace, Robert Baily, Thomas appropriate address with which he opened Gurly, Edward Butler, esqrs.; Rev W'm. the proceedings of the day, and also for Sutton, Rev. James Magrathi, John A. his services on a former occasion, whea Hill, Edward Box, Wm. Humfrey, John intrusted with the care of our petition to Alexander, Henry Macartney, James Parliainent. Thomas, John Whelan, Humirey Bio- (Signed) BENEDICT HAMILTON. bart, esqrs.; Doctors Prossor, Maharg,

PATRICK FINN, Secrétarv. and Myddleton; Surgeon Byrn, &c. &c. Letters were read, from the Chair, for having attended our meeting this day, from the county members, Colonel Laand liberally and generously supportell our touche and Walier Bagenal, esqrs. expres resolutions, and the object of the meet- sing their ardent zeal to further the Cathoing.

lic claims, and their anxiety to have their That our most cordial thanks are due, names set down as persons who had they and are hereby given to Colonel Latouche, been in Ireland, would have attended the and Walter Bagenal, esq. our patriotic meeting. representatives in parliament, for their uniform and steady support of our claims, and of every measure calculated to ad. At a meeting of the Catholics of the Cifa vance the interests of Ireland, and of the Antrim, h ld in Beijast, on the 10th of 02 empire.

tober, 1811, pursuant to public notice, That the Right Hon. Henry Grattan, EDMUND MʻGILDOWNEY, ESQ. in the Chair, our old, our tried, our invaluable friend,

The following Resolutions were unanithe Father of the Catholic cause, be re

mously agreed to. quested to accept tbe tribute of our thanks

Resolved, 'That it is the undoubted and gratitude.

right of all his Majesty's subjects to 25That our inost distir guished thanks are

semble in a legal and constitucional man. duc, and are hereby given

the Earl of

ner, for the purpose of petitioning the Poncughmore, for the unabaicd zeal and

Throne, or either or both houses of splendid eloquence with which lic has on

Parlian ent, for a redress of grievances. all occasions advocated our claims.

Resolved, 'I hat the Catholics of the That our most cordial thanks are enri. nenily due, and ale hereby given to the

County of Antrim have this day assem

bied for the sole purpose of petitioning Earl of Fingall, and the General Committre of the Catholics of Ireland, for the

the Legislature for a repeal of all the penal

statutes by which they are oppressed, and wisdom, moderation, and manliness evinde

sur soliciting an equal participation of ced by them on the 31st of July, in de

all the rights and privileges emanating fence of the subject's undoubted right to

from the British Constitution; they bear. petition, and for the important services sendered by them to our body on all oc-wing their proportion of the burdens in

posed for its support, and

the dangeri casions. That our most cordial thanks are emi. necessary to be undergone for its defence,

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from holding many offices which are the Resolved, That the thanks of this ineet. just incitements of honourable and legiti- ing are justly due, and are hereby given, mate ambition ; thus establishing an in- to James Craig, esq. Member of Parliavidious and degrading distinction between ment, and to the Reverend Gentlemen, and us and the rest of our fellow subjects. other nunerous and highly respectable

Resolved, That we determine, in com- characters of every religious persuasion, mon with our Catholic brethren through- who have honoured our meeting this day out the kingdom, to petition the Imperial with their countenance and support. Parliament early in the ensuing session for the repeal of such laws as still exclude us from the full enjoyment of all the rights

PUBLIC OCCURRENCES. and privileges of the British Constitution; and that the following Gentlemen, viz.-- CO. ANTRIM CATHOLIC MEETING. Edmund M+Gildowney, James M'Guckin, On Thursday the Catholics of the CounPhilip M.Keever, George Finniston, Alex- ty of Antriin met in Belfast, in the Exander M'Donnell, Hugh Magill, William change, according to Public Notice; but Hendren, Michael Black, John O'Hara, the pressure of persons requiring admitand Wm. Haveru, possessing our conti- tance was so great, that it was found nedence, be requested io prepare a petition cessary to adjourn the Assembly to the on our behalf, and that they be at liberty New Chapel. to consult with the General Committee in Dub- Edmund M'Gildowney, Esq. of Ballylin, and such other persons as are legally au- castle, was unanimously called to the Chair. thorised to assemble, for the purpose of preparing

James M.Guckin, Esq. rose and said... suih Petition or Petitions.

Mr. Chairman, the Catholics of this County Resolved, That in thus claiming these having assembled here this day, for the rights and privileges as Irish subjects, and purpose of taking into consideration the peuitioning the Legislature for a removal propriety of petitioning Parliament, for of the disabilities under which we la- the removal of those disabilities under bour, we discharge a duty which we owe which they labour, I rise to move certain to ourselves, our fellow-subjects, and pos- resolutions, which I shall submit to the terity, and essentially serve the British consideration of this assembly before I sit Empire, by promoting the discussion of a down. I cannot help wishing, that this question, which we entertain the most task had been placed in the hands of a persanguine expectations will be decided son more competent to its performance, in a inanner that will permanently estas With respect to the purpose of this meetblish an unanimity of sentiment and feeling ing, I am sure there cannot be a difference so necessary in time of common danger to of opinion among any of my Catholic secure Great Britain and Ireland, against brethren who are present ; no Catholic the attack of every enemy, foreign or do- who hears me but must sincerely desire mestic.

that he should be capable of enjoying Resolved, That our grateful thanks arc every privilege afforded by the British due, and hereby given to Earl Fingall, Constitution and forin of Government unand the General Committee of the Catho- der which he lives, particularly when he lics of Ireland, for their zealous and in- recollects, that the foundation of that very defatigable labour in the Catholic cause. constitution was laid at a time when the Resolved, That the sincere agd grateful

inhabitants of Great Britain and Ireland thanks of this meeting are due, and are both professed our religion. With rehereby given, to the Right Hon. the Earl of spect to your protection in presiding over Donoughmore, the Right Hon. Henry this assembly, I must observe to you, that Grattan, and the rest of our worthy and the right of petitioning is part of the comliberal Protestant advocates in and out of mon and statute law of this country, and the Parliament, for their honest zeal, and man- last clause of that very act of Parliament ly and eloquent exertions in behalf of Ca. which was passed in the year 1793, comtholic emancipation.

monly called the Convention Act, declares Resolved, That the grateful thanks of that it was not the intention of the legisthis meeting are due, and are hereby given,

lature to interfere with the right of peto the most noble the Marquis of Donegall, titioning ; and I here hold in my hand an for his kind condescension and goodness, extract of that clause, which I shall beg in giving the use of the Exchange Roonis the privilege of reading.--{read clause) for holding this meeting.

--This being likely to be under discussion

before another and more proper tribunal, I rections made and established by the Lord will not make any further observations up- Lieutenant and Council, in pursuance of on it, other than to state to you, Sir, that we an act passed in the 17th and 18th years of do not meet here to-day under the pretext, King Charles the Second, &c. &c. &c. The but for the real and honest purpose of lower orders of the people are not authuvoting a Petition to Parliament, for a re. rised to keep arms, ammunition, &c. with. peal of those restrictive laws now in force out having certain properties, and register. against us. And if there be any person ing the same. On this I would remark, here present who has in secret any sinister that the lower class are not entitled to keep case or factious motive, let the conscious- arms or ammunition without certain qualiness of that motive induce hiin to leave fications, but their indigence, which is so this assembly, and take no part in the pro- well known, virtually deprives them of the ceedings of this day.-(loud applauses)--Aud right to have arms and ammunition, inaswhy do I say this ? It is because the pre- much as they are not able to qualify)-411 amble of the act which I have just men- objects of honourable ambition, the pride tioned appears pointed against assemblies of man are totally cut off from every man held under the pretext of preparing pe- amongst us, who by birth, property, and titions for redress of grievances, when in education is in the rank of a gentleman. reality for different purposes.

The Members of the Legal and Military It may be justly asked what those griev. Professions are deprived of the most power. ances are ? wherefore, Sir, I shall take the ful inducements to acquire chrracter and liberty of mentioning to you the situations eminence by their being excluded from which Catholics are deprived of hold- that rank and situation which are the reing, and the disabilities under which they wards of professional merit, and their lalabour, and I shall therefore trespass in bours are bounded by the mean and sordid enumerating the diffurent offices. After object of gain alone. The general effect having done so, I shall mike a very short of all those exclusions and incapacities on observation or two on the consequences of the whole of our Body, from the highest to those disabilities.

the lowest, is to produce the consciousness I speak not from idle thought, but from of our being a degraded class in our natite authority, which cannot be contradicted. country, and to excite a sore and vered A Catholic cannot be a Member of Par- feeling, equally injurious to our own hapliament, a Lord Lieutenant, Lord Deputy, piness, and that of our fellow-subjects. or other Chief Governor, Lord Chamber- I cannot help, before I sit down, to express lain, or Keeper or Commissioner of the the pleasure I feel in seeing our meeting atGreat Seal, Lurd High 'Treasurer, Chan- tended by so numerous and respectable a cellor of the Exchequer, Chief Justice of body of our Protestant brethren, who, I the King's Bench or Common Pleas, Chief hope, are come to cherish us by their preBaron of the Exchequer, Justice of the sence, and to encourage us in our legal Courts of King's Bench or Common Pleas, progress to constitutional freedom; their or Baron of the Exchequer, Judge of the concurrence I seek, and I am satisfied, High Court of Admiralty, Miaster or Keep- when I do so, I speak the sentiment of er of the Rolls, Secretary of State, Keeper every Catholic present ; and I trust that of the Privy Seal, Vice Treasurer, or De- the time is arrived when religious distine. puty Vice Treasurer, Teller and Cashier tions will no longer exist in Ireland, and of the Exchequer, or Auditor General, that the only contention amongst the inLieutenant or Governor or Custos Rotu. habitants of this land, will be who will lorum of Counties, Secretary to the Lord best discharge their duty to their King and Lieutenant, or other Chiet Governor or Country, and by their active exertion siGovernors of this Kingdom, Member of the cure the common safety against all foreiga Privy Council, Prime Sergeant (when I or domestic enemies. Mr. M'Gackin than say Prime Serjeant, I mean a certa n Law proposed the Resolutions. Officer), Attorney General, Solicitor Gene. On the Resolutions being put from the ral, Second and Third Serjeant at Law, Chair, Mark Devlin, esq. addressed the a King's Counsel, Master in Chancery, Chairman-Sir, On a subject that has waLieut. General of his Majesty's Ordnance, dergone so much discussion by men of the Commander in Chief of his Majesty's first talent, rank and character, that this or Forces, Generals on the Staff, Sheriff or any other country can boast of, it would Sub-Sheriff--nor can a Catholic hold any be presumption in me to attempt throwiag office contrary to the rules, orders, and di- new light. But finding that a certaio pub.

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lic print has grossly misrepresented what I the former with more zeal and energy saill at the meeting of the County of Down, than the latter, because of all despotisms, i preseni m self here, this day, to refule that of the Church is what I dread and de. the maliius insinuations of the print I al- test mosi-{Hrar, hear, hear.] lude to. I have been charged, Sir, by that I thank God, there is no fear of this despoprint, with endeavouring to put my country tison in our Church.--The Pope is now just, in flames, and with vilitying the character what St. Peter was, as to power and properof a portion of my countrymen, by calling ty; and I pray heaven he inay never have the them barbarians. I deny both charges, power of inolesting mankind in their civil I shall do more-I shall refute them.

or religious rights! His kingdom should Our right to petition Parliament cost not be of this world.-[Lourd applause.]

bloody struggles To suppose that Catholics admitted wiih despotism; so did trial by Jury, the to the benefits of the Constitution, would Habeas Corpus Act, and the Liberty of the eodeavour to subvert it, is to suppose what Press. These invaluable liberties, Sir, are is contrary to human nature. It might just comown to Protestant and Catholic; and as rationally be supposed that if I la Cathoif iny calling on my Protestant fellow-sub. lic) were partner in trade with a protes. jecis to arrest the attempt of Ministerial lant, I would burn ihe warehouse that conDespotism, to impede the right of Petition, lained our common property;

How abbe a sin against the print I allude to, it is surd the supposition! Thank God! the a su I do not repent of; and I believe the use of Religion is too well understood, at suspension of a Lidwell from the commise this day by the audience I address to give sion of the peace, and the disarming of his any grounds for such apprehension. What Yeomanry, shows pretty clearly that the is it to the manufacturer who sells his web, blow is levelled at the Protestant as well as whether it is bought by Catholic or Prothe Catholic--that my fears were well testant, if he be paid his price?-What is it founded, and that my appeal to my fellow. to the tailor, who makes my coat, or the subjects was well timed-1.oud and continued smith that shoes my burse, whether I am steering.)-I speak this, Sir, in the presence Catholic or Protestant, if he be paid for of the most liberal and enlightened Protes- his work? What is it to the farmer whetanı Body that any County in Ireland ther he pays his rent to a Protestant or a boasts of. I would repay them the merit. Catholic, Layman or Clergyman, if he have ed compliment of their liberality, had l a benevolent' or kind landlord ? And what words to express my feelings and my gra. is it to ine whether he is Protestant or Ca. titude. I have not but I offer them what tholic who sways the sceptre, if I enjoy will be more acceptable to their enlighten- equal power and protection with my fels ed minds, the cordial and unanimous aid of low-subjects ? [Loud cheering.) their Catholic Brethren to preserve the Tbere is so strong a resemblance be. Constitution unimpaired, the peace of their tween the relative duties and kind offices country inviolate, and their properties and of landlord and tenant, and of sovereiga persons from the ravages of our common and subject, that I cannot avoid making a enemy.-(Loud applauses !--The Catholic, Sir, remark within my own knowledge. 1 will require si subsidy for his aid !--{hear, have, in this county, Sir, a considerable kear.]-The Catholics will be your surest, number of tenants, one half or more of because your unbought allies--they will not whom are Protestants. Were I in danger desert you in the hour of danger--they will rise or distress, l solemnly declare I would fly er fall with their countrymon !--[Loud and con- to my Protestant tenants for shelter or Einued threring]

succour, as soon as to the Catholic, and It is frequently insinuated by the print I were my Protestant tenants here this day, allude to, that the Catholic seeks to enter they would, I believe, tell you, with one the pale of the Constitution only to subvert voice, that they would not change me for it, and to substitute Slavery and Popery in any Protestant landlord in Ireland. [Loud jistead. I here declare before God, what applauses.] are iny own sentiments-(and I believe my If keeping the Catholic body distinct and sentiments are in unison with every in, degraded, would serve this country or the formed Catholic in Ireland) that I detest enipire-if it would be the incans of open. 1 abhor-and I abominate bigotry and ty. ing the posts of Europe to our commercesanny, whether proceeding from the Chair of of averting a quarrel with our American St. Peter, or the Chair of the Premier. (Hour, Breti.ren-ii it would give intrinsic value to pends of applause.)—and that I would resist Bank Notes, or bring back our expatriated

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Guineas if it would be the means of procu, they should do unto you." (Huar, keus, ring peace, for the sake of my country, I hear.) would be satisfied to suffer wrong.--[Loud To my Catholic Brethren I say—though and continued applause)—But it must be ad- we have much to complain of, we have mitted, that ihe present condition of the much to rejoice in. The sweet consola. Catholic will not be productive of any of tion of seeing all the good and great of those desirable objects; while, on the con- the Protestant Body sympathize in our trary, the degradation he suffers, and the sorrows, is little share of ous Emancipafrequent and annual insults he receives from tion. We have another and a substantial the confederated societies of this country consolation--that by comparing our con. are viewed with pleasure by the tyrant of dition with the state of any other Subjects Europe {Hear.) He calculates on these in Europe, (except in the British Empire,) divisions as a Bánk of Discontent, on which he it is liberty itself, wben contrasted with may draw with success, as he has done in the their slavery and wretchedness. Hear, other unhappy countries he has subjugated, hear !] Stand fast then by your country -[Hear, hear, hear-cheering for several mi- -make every sacrifice to defend her against nutes. - It is for this reason I press, and will all her enemies, and for myself, I promise, always press for the Emancipation of the that while there is strength in this arm Catholic, that this scourge of mankind may to wield a sword or draw a trigger, it shall be forced to seek for peace, and give to a be used (if necessary) to support the Briharrassed world the blessings of repose. tish Constitution and integrity of the Bri(Hear.)- To those societies I would say- tish Empire-alloud applauses for scoural miWe Catholics revere the memory of King nutes.)-And I beseech you my Catholic William, as the friend and protector of Brethren, that, if you should again ever rational liberty, but we regard him also as see the Badges or Banners of the Confede the destroyer of Irish trade and Irish prosperi- rated Societies displayed, you would vier ty, to favour English monopoly:--{ Hear, har, them, not with indignation or contemps, hear. The Protestants, in the intoxication but with Noble Christian Charity. And of their triumph, over the Popish bigot lifting up your hands and hearts to your James, forgot the interest of their Country, Heavenly Father, pray in the words of so that for a century, she was swelling the your Saviour on the Cross, “ Oh! Father, triumph and glory of England-extending forgive them, as they know not what they her conquests and commerce over the face do !" [peals of applauses.] of the Globe-pouring the wealth of the DR. DRENNAN.-Mr. Chairman, I rise world into her lap, whik the Irish Protestant with much reluctance to speak in public; and Catholic were prohibited from touching the but a strong sense of the duty which every golden harvest they reaped for England -[Peals man owes to himself and others, and to a of applause.)-You were scarcely permitted consistency of character and conduct, im. to taste the crumbs, and it was necessury that pels me to say a few words. I think, Sir, these very crumbs should first fall from the Eng- that every man, whatever may be his prolish tuble.-[Hear, bear, hear.}- Was the fession, whatever may be his religion, slavery of the Catholics a sufficient recom- say, Sir, that every man who regards the pense for the sacrifice of your trade, povero tranquillity and good order of the county of your population, and the debasement try, is called on to unite with his Catholic of your Country! (Hear, hear, hear.}- Countrymen; because he, his family, his Open your eyes, at length, 1 beseech yon, latest posterity, have an equal interest in to the true interests of your Country, and the result of the present question. There be no longer DUPES to the plundering, peculating, is every reason to congratulate ourselve! pensioned creou, that robs the hive of the and our country, and the empire at large, honey, and leaves the thrifty bees that on the progress of late, so rapidly, and gathered it, to starve (Loud cheering.] even unexpectedly made, in the coalition

I detest, as much as any Protestant and combication of Catholic and Protesdoes, the Popish Inquisition of Spain and tant Irishmen in the cause of Catholic Portugal. Thanks to Bonaparte bad as Emancipation and common right. Sonu he is, he has been the cause of suppressing have ascribed this happy event to one those execrable institutions. But may I beg cause, some to another. It has been attriof my deluded Countrymen to abolish the Protestant buted to the Protestant Gentry and Land, Inquisition, supported by those Societies ?-may holders, contemplating the near approach I entreat them, in the words of the Gose of a General Election, and wishing as earpelmore Do unto all men, as you would ly as possible to acquire the good graces of

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