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OF

IRISH HISTORY,

ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE

CONDITION OF THE CATHOLICS OF IRELAND,

OF

THE ORIGIN AND PROGRESS

OF THE POLITICAL SYSTEM

OF THE UNITED IRISHMEN;

AND OF THEIR TRANSACTIONS

WITH

TIE ANGLO-IRISH GOVERNMENT.

PUBLISHED BY

WILLIAM JAMES MAC NEVEN,

NEW-YORK:

PRINTED FOR BERNARD DORNIN,

NO, 136, PEARL-STREET.

1807.

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STRICT OF New-YORK, ss.

BE it remembered, that on the seventh day of July, in the
thirty-second year of the independence of the United States of
America, William James Mac Neven and Thomas Addis Emmel,
of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a
Book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words
following, to wit :-

“ Pieces of Irish History, illustrative of the condition of

“ the Catholics of Ireland : of the origin and progress of the

“ political system of the United Irishmen, and of their transac-

6 tions with the Anglo-Irish government. Published by Wil-

“ liam James Mac Neven."

In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United

States, entitled " An act for the encouragement of
“ learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and
« books to the authors and proprietors of such copies

“ during the times therein mentioned,” and also to an

(SEAL.] act, entitled “ An act supplementary to an act entitled

6. An act for the encouragement of learning, by se-

“ curing the copies of maps, charts and books to the

66 authors and proprietors of such copies during the

“ time, therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits

66 thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and

" etching historical and other prints.”

EDWARD DUNSCOMB,
Clerk of the district of New-York.

4.7-44
49135

INTRODUCTION.

Br W. J. MAC NEVEN,

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THE

HE storm of abusive misrepresentation, with which the proceedings, motives and objects, of a large majority of the Irish people have been recently assailed in this city, has forced the editor to submit to the public the following pieces concerning the more recent history of his native country. The same virulence of invective, the same violation of truth, the same distortion of fact, that have marked the conduct of the English faction towards the United Irishmen in Europe, have been revived against them here by the retainers and hirelings of the same enemy.

Those outrages seem to have lain ready for explosion, and the match to have been applied, when the pretensions of Mr. Rufus King to public confidence were made a subject of enquiry, at the late election for New-York. That gentleman, while minister from this republic to the English court, thought fit to resist the emigration of a considerable number of avowed republicans, many of whom were men of large properties, from Ireland to America. The consequence to them was a four years

close captivity,

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