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Invulnerable nothings. We decay an interesting biography of one of Like corpses in a charnel ; fear and the country's most distinguished orgrief
naments. Convulse us, and consume us day by day, Whilst Mr. Clinton appears to have And cold hopes swarm like worms within diligently embodied all that is most our living clay.
interesting in the numerous publicaTo the memory of Lord Byron tions which have issued from the there can be no more just or grateful press respecting Lord Byron since tribute; because it shows at once his decease, he has displayed talent the grounds upon which his fame as well as diligence; and in his vorests, and the just title he has earned lume will be found much original to that deathless reputation which his criticism, written with perspicuity name must for ever enjoy. To the and beauty. Another of its attracpublic no present can be more ac- tions must not be passed over: it ceptable; because it exhibits to contains no less than forty designs, them, in a concise form, the promi- from the exquisite pencil of George nent beauties of the best modern Cruikshank, which are alone worth English poet; and, at the same time, more than the price of the volume.
FRAGMENT POUND IN THE ROOM IN WHICH CHATTERTON DIED.
Arm's for death, I wait the coming hour;
Conscious of merit, my unsuspecting mind
MEMOIR OF DANIEL O'CONNELL, ESQ. In countries even the most despotic few years he was in the enjoyment of there is generally deposited an inert, what might be called respectable or rather chaotic, mass of mind, which business. Of rather an ardent disrequires only to be breathed on by position, and having his political sensome pure and ardent spirit, to make sibilities irritated by the insulting it shoot up into the form and character vexations thrown in the way of a of public virtue. Ireland has frequent- Catholic barrister, he quickly identily exhibited this moral phenomenon; fied himself with those who were but never more conspicuously than seeking redress from a code of opat the present moment. The nation pressive laws which lay, and still lie, seems now resolved, as one inan, to incubi-like, upon the energies of the cast off the slough of a slavish supine- Irish people. Public meetings affordness, and assert their claims to those ed a peculiar field for the display of rights which impolicy and injustice those talents with which Mr. O'Conwould withhold from them. For this nell is gifted, and accordingly he cheering and splendid spectacle we soon became one of the most popular are, in a great measure, indebted to speakers at Catholic assemblies in the patriotic individual whose por- the metropolis. His fearless advotrait ornaments our present number. cacy of the rights of the people, bis
Daniel O'Connell, Esq. was born avowed attachment to the interests of in 1775. He is descended from a his country and his unconquerable line of ancestors who once enjoyed good humour, were claims on an regal stay in that part of Ireland Irish audience which were instantly now known as the county of Kerry. responded to by heart-felt applause Unlike many of the Irish families, and unlimited confidence. The Cathe O'Connells have retained their tholics instantly recognised him as ancient patrimony, or at least a rea- the Achilles of their cause; and, like sonable equivalent, being now the the Grecian hero, he has proved inmost extensive proprietors in their vulnerable to the attacks of his enenative county
mies. Mr. O'Connell, being intended for During the career of the Catholic the church, was sent at an early age to Board, Mr. O'Connell was one of its prosecute his studies at St. Omer's ; most zealous members; and such for the bigoted policy of the times was the sense entertained of his paprohibited the education of Catholic triotic services, that bis colleagues youths within the dominions of the unanimously voted his lady.a piece of monarch whose laws they were sub- plate, of a thousand pounds value. sequently to obey. Either Mr. O'Con- Under the iron reign of the Richnell's parents mistook the disposition monds and the Saurins, the Cathoof their son, or, what is more proba- lic Board was suppressed, and ble, the son discovered his want of a O'Connell was tacitly acknowledged vocation; for, after finishing his • leader of the Irish people ; since studies, he abandoned all thoughts of which time he has published an anthe sacred profession, and betook nual address to his ill-used and ophimself to •Coke upon Littleton, and pressed countrymen. the other erudite authorities on the In 1815. politics ran more than English laws. Before his twenty; usually high in the Irish metropolis. third year
he' had devoured the usual The Dublin Corporation~a knot of quantities of dinners in the Middle monopolizing bigots--not only petiTemple, and in 1798 was called to the tioned the legislature against any Irish Bar-a profession, to the minor further concession to nine-tenths of honours of which Catholics had only their fellow-citizens, but were in the just obtained admission.
constant habit of insulting them at Mr. O'Connell had not to com- all their convivial meetings. Being plain of the difficulties which usually not only insignificant in talent and reenviron a candidate in his progress at spectability, but, as a body, notoriousthe Bar. His great abilities, legal lý bankrupt, Mr. O'Connell, at a knowledge, and acuteness of intellect, public meeting, called them a 'begsoon procured him clients, and in a garly corporation. The soup andstrawberry (they are too poor to eat Our readers have, no doubt, read turtle) devouring faction looked big, in our number for last month the obtalked of the insult, and mumbled servations of our esteemed contrisomething about satisfaction. One butor, S. on the merits and peculiariof their needy members, excited by ties of Mr. ()'Connell's oratory. All the hope of deserving corporation who have heard the Catholic advocate gratitude, assumed the bravo, and can appreciate their justness, and we undertook to chastise the Catholic shall not weaken their force by amleader. The name of this unfortu- plication; for any further comment nate and deluded man was D'Esterre. would be nothing more. Attended by some Orange satellites, As Mr. O'Connell is the life and he ostentatiously paraded the streets, soul of the great cause which now with a horsewhip in his hand; but, agitates not only Ireland, but the emnot meeting Mr. O'Connell, he ad- pire, we shall not now enter upon the dressed to him a note, calling on him question of his recent conduct; nueither to fight a duel or apologize. merous opportunities for doing so In a moment, we suppose, of irrita- will be perpetually presenting themtion, the subject of our memoir for- selves in the progress of our work; got the claims of his family-of his but we cannot even here omnit doing country-the injunctions of religion, justice to the good sense of the Irish and the value of his own life-com- people. The brand of discord was mitted his conduct to the discretion thrown among them by some thoughtof friends, and met his opponent. less though, we doubt not, sincereThe result is well known—D'Esterre persons ; and the flame was augmentfell, contrary to the anticipation of a ed by the polluted breath of Ireland's ferocious few, who confidently calcu- worst enemies. The nation saw its lated on the death of Mr. O'Connell; dangers, and wisely averted it, by for the victim of his own rashness quenching the incipient spark of diswas reckoned a good shot.
sension in the cup of union and good Soon after this melancholy affair, fellowship. Want of success too often Mr. O'Connell was once more com- cancels former obligations; but Mr. pelled to intrust his honour to his O'Connell's countrymen are not the friends. A misunderstanding arose Cynthias of a minute.' They recolabout some words spoken between lected his past services, appreciated himself and Mr. Peel, the then Irish the purity of his motives, and loved secretary. A meeting was to have him, as it were, the better for those taken place, but, rumour of the in- attributes which allowed him to be tended duel having got abroad, both in some measure deceived. His great parties were bound to keep the peace. mistake was in judging other men by This result not proving satisfactory, the standard within his own breast: they agreed to meet on the Continent; his error was an amiable one, and so but Mr. O'Connell being arrested on thought the people of Ireland ; for, his arrival at London, on his way to since his return with the Catholic France, he was held to bail not to Deputation, they have drowned the fight Mr. Peel, before the Court of still small voice' of censure in one King's Bench; and thus terminated general burst of national gratitude, this unpleasant affair.
Every where he has been received As Mr. O'Connell's history is the with 'feelings honourable to the nahistory of the Catholic cause for the tion, and worthy of the man; who is last five-and-twenty years, it must be not immaculate, but who has renderquite unnecessary to go into details ed himself of incalculable service to which cannot but be familiar to all a suffering people. our readers. His success at the Bar Mr. O'Connell is the beloved fa. is the best evidence of his abilities as ther of a numerous progeny; and, rea lawyer, and the virulence of his specting his conduct in his own enemies the best proof of his valua- house-where the bad man can't be ble services as a Catholic leader. good—there is but one opinion. CaHad it not been for his services, the lumny has never been able to discover Catholics would not now occupy the aught to detract from his cstiinable station they do--on the verge of qualities as a private individual. emancipation.