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CATHOLIC AFFAIRS. On the momentous question which scribed it, emancipation would be far has been so recently agitated in both from proving a panacea. We, howhouses of parliament we have but ever, are fully persuaded, that whatfew observations to make. The de- ever grievances afflict that country cision of the lords has left the Ca- arise immediately out of her anomatholics in their degraded position, lous situation; and that once in posfrom which they can hardly hope to session of her rights, those minor emerge while England continues pros- evils which now irritate her would perous, or Lord Liverpool remains at disappear, as the valley, once drained the head of his Majesty's government. of the lake, quickly gets rid of the The acrimonious rejection of the late sloughs that disfigured her. In sup. bill, though painful, is instructive: port of this opinion we stated unand, however melancholy the fact, it answerable facts; and, though far teaches the people of Ireland to ba- from being done with the subject, we nish hope for a season, and pursue thought sufficient had been advanced their claims by other means than to warn the friends of emancipation cowardly concessions and useless se- from their threadbare topic. But curities. The straight-forward road little improvement, however, has being now barred against them, they taken place; and we leave them now must adopt a more circuitous line of to reflect on the consequence. Until policy, and compel their opponents, emancipation is shown to be absoin self-defence, to grant, without any lutely expedient, it never will be qualification, a restoration of violated granted. rights. The means to be pursued To associate for a redress of grieva are many and obvious; and, though ances being now prohibited, another the Catholic Association has been vio- course, equally as productive of benelently suppressed, we are glad to find fits, presents itself. Let there be an that Mr. O'Connell has signified his association for publishing cases of intention of originating another. The oppression, collecting facts relative late gagging bill can easily be evaded; to the Catholic and Protestant popuand any measure that would tend to lation, and furnishing statements concentrate the Catholic talent of respecting local taxes, tithes, church Ireland, and unite the people in a rates, grand jury assessments, &c. tacit bond of legal co-operation, could &c. and their labours, if published not fail to open the eyes of England, weekly or monthly in London and attract the notice of Europe, and de- Dublin, will produce more good velop the oppression under which than if Mr. O'Connell was making the people labour. Such a course is speeches every day in the week at now imperatively called for, and we the Corn Exchange. John Bull will trust will soon be pursued.
listen to facts; and a few cases of In our first number we made some oppression, illustrative of the evil remarks on the error prevalent among tendency of the penal laws, will secure Catholic advocates, of exaggerating more converts in England to emanIrish misery; and we then showed, cipation, than ten thousand appeals what has since taken place, that this unsupported by documents. Nothing misery would be made an argument like facts: a flowery declamation against the necessity of granting may stagger men's prejudices; but emancipation. Almost every oppo- to overthrow them at once, state nent of the measure had a nostrum facts-figures, if possible—if not, to recommend for Irish distress. One public and private documents. The proposed Bible education ; another, a late Association paid too little attennew system of agriculture; and the tion to these things; and, if we misBishop of Chester, wiser than all take not, they were taunted in the these together,' advised the absentees house of commons for not doing so, to return home; while they all in- while their neglect was construed into sisted, and with something of appa- an indirect proof of the non-existence rent truth, that if the state of Ireland of local and individual oppression. was such as Catholics themselves de- One advantage of the plan we re.
commend would be the legal collec- for every concession has been wrung tion of funds;. for, by publishing from the fears of their task-masters. these papers periodically, and pro- Even within the last four months, curing the subscription of the late events have demonstrated that firmrent payers, ample means would be ness and open complaint have augprovided for supporting the Associa- mented the number of their friends, tion in all its ramifications; and, while they have undoubtedly imthough they could not send counsel. pelled their cause considerably forlors to the different courts of law, ward-at least in the public estiinathey could send what would, in the tion. It is absolutely impossible that end, prove more efficient, a-Re- the Irish Catholics cari any longer PORTER. Publicity is all that is permit themselves and their religion wanted to deter men from crime; to be insulted with impunity by those let every case connected with party ignorant fanatics, whose interest it is be made known, and Ireland will to hold the Irish people up to the. soon have a pure magistracy, innoxi- British empire as savages and idolaous Orangemen, and upright judgesters. The insolence of the charge Exhibit a few examples of partial should arouse a becoming indignity, and unjust decisions to the people of and the persons who make it ought England, and those who now oppose to be treated with more than silent emancipation will soon be its warmest contempt; for the unrefuted accusaadvocates; for John Bull needs only tion, from continual repetition, had to be made acquainted with a case of wrought on the English mind impresoppression, to claim his assistance sions most disadvantageous to Irishfor the oppressed. To secure the men. The late Bible war, however, atmost publicity, these papers should helped to remove some erroneous be printed in all sizes and forms, dis- opinions ; and the opposition given tributed in some instances gratis, to the saints, at their last annual and in many cases posted upon the meetings in the metropolis, has had walls. The good effects of such a the effect of showing to the honest Pro
course, we are persuaded, would be testant people, that Catholics are nei, incalculable; and we trust, whatever ther so profligate or idolatrous as BapMr. O'Connell's plan may be, that tist missionaries represented them. this measure will form a part of it. An impetus is given to the cause of
But, above all things, it is necessary truth ; and a slight effort on the part that the Catholics should henceforth of the Catholics will still tend to actake that station which their num- celerate it. At all events they should bers, opulence, and intelligence en- fearlessly encounter, in every place title them to. Within the last and on all occasions, those absurd twelve months only have they mani- societies established for the sinister fested a becoming spirit under insult and insolent purpose of cheating the and wrongs ; and the benefits which Irish people out of the faith of their have accrued from this line of con- fathers. To conversions fairly made duet, should teach them the utility of no rational man will object, but every perseverance. Never yet have they one ought to deprecate indirect progained any thing from the Govern- selytism. ment by cringing to those in power,
Multi Reges nomine non re.
How wretched the sons of thy heroes appear ;--;