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having given a timely notice to a g n leman | Your lordship, I will also hope, has seen by wla se lıfe was threaicned, is the very man this remonstrance, that Mr. O'Neil's rein. I soon after selected for ipy vicar-general; statement in his former place, was not so and with him, at this day, in that contidn'j much an act of mine, as the provision of a tial capacity, I coniinue on terms of sincere spirirual law, which in sim lar circum. regard and affection The other ciergy van stances would restore a clergyman of the distinguished for loyal exertions at that try establishe church. By thus shewing. ing period, will acknowledge, it called upon, | how strai gely I was misrepresented to your that instead of treating them disrespectfully, lordship, I would not be understood to in- * I esteem them all and venerate thein. That sinuate that the personage who had the loevery priest of mine, however, is perfectly nour of addressing you, intended to misresatisfied, is what I am not presumptuous prescrit me; I am fully convinced, my I enough to affirm : it seldom falls to be the l that you would adını po man to your corlot of any one in my place, not to have in respondence who could willingly deviare dividuals displeased with him; but I can con- | trom the truth : but I ain alike convinced fidently say ibat I know of only one clergy- | that his personage, respectable as he doubce man in this entire diocese who considers less is, must have been in the present inhimself aggrieved by my administration ; stunce most grossly imposed upon.and to that very clergyman I as confidently Neilber the elevared rank of noblemen, nor appeal whether what he complains of in my their sacred regard to veracity, can always conduct towards him, has rises from his ef- secure them against imposition from a cer, forts in behalf of loyal men. If onore mi. | tain class of men who artfully contrive to nule inquiries, suggested by your lordship's beset chen-esquires of very late creacion, pregnant charge, have since discovered to who with matchless intrepidity of counte, me a priest prostituting the sacred laver of nance, can assassinate characters or whisper regeneration, in compliance with the pusila them away, and swear ibeir own falsehoods lanimous request of a loval Protestant genuinto currency. When the truly loyal are tleman, who to court the rabble (when like every where intent upon uniting all hearis others around him he should have opposed and all hands in the common cause, and them) entreated this priest in their presence for the common good, these men are every to baptize him ; I shall never deem such i where indefatigable in promoting aninosity condescension, whether elicited by good na- | and distrust for their own private purposes. ture or by loyalty, entitled to extraordinary | I shall say no more of them ihan barely to credit; much less can I look upon it as a remind your lordship, how much easier it counterpoise against every subsequent failure is for such geniry to make their impression, or inaptitude. ----The Rev. Peter O'Neil, than for an honest ma' 10 efface it. lt to wh m your lordship alludes in this same remains for me to observe, before I ciose letter to Lord Fingali, las been urged by this letter, that upon the first intimation. I the obloquy which assailed him, to lay the received from a person of rank in the me. particulars of his situation before the public iropolis, ihar I have been traduced as above, in an humble remonstrance forwarded to Instanly wrote a refutation of the charges ; your lordship, through the post-office, at and was then assured it should be laid bemy own instance, the moment it issued from fore your lordship. But an unwillingness the press. It has, I trust, my lord, fully in intrude, has since, it seems, prevailed vindicated my conduct towards that much against the promise made me; which cir. injured man, and removed the painful im- cumstance, together with the publication in putation of insult to the offended justice of the Siar and other papers since, as they the laws. It has, in my apprehension, de-' have compelled me to address your lordship monstrated that his return was the concur in this direct manner, they will, I hope, ac rent act of tuo successive chief governors; the same time, be gracious y ad nities as the one suspending his transportation-the my apology. Ibave she honour 10 be, with other ordering him home from it. Nor this,

inviolabic respect, my Lord, your Lord. my lord, by way of pardon which was never

ship's most devpicd huoble servant, .. solicited, but by an impartial drcision upon

.. W, COPPINGER, the merits of his case. I will accordingly

Noie. On the second day after. I had presame to hope, that your lord bip, having written and posted my letter to Lord Reduly consid red, thtats stated in his.ree desdale, I ubrained a more accurate account monstrance, is rathor inclined to thick that of the paragraph conceruing mc, ihan the the justice of the laws which had suik un public prints or the princ minuiration der his condemnation, hath re-asserted its afforded. The paragraph says, that I power, and triumphed in his acquittal. brought him (mcuning Mr. O'Neil) back

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to what in defiance of the law, I call his , would have acced a more manly, and so far parish. I would gladly sbelter myself, in a less blameable part, if they had given the this case, under the act of Parliament of the whole correspondence as it has actually -2150 and 22: of his present Majesty ; enti. I passed, in print, so as to be accessible to tled "an act for the further relief of his every one. Any publication I should have Majesty's subjects professing the Popish re considered as a gross injustice, and must religion;" which act, as I conceive it, ex sent it as such. My letters conld not have pressly requires that Popislı ecclesiastics, to heen injurious, to you, if they had remained be exempied from former penalties, do in-1 with Lord Fingal. If any injury had arisen sert upon a separate and distinct roll in the to you from the publication, it would not Register's Office of cach respective diocese, have proceeded from me. But the letters, their Christian nime and surname, their though published, tould not have been in- age, the orders they have received, and the jurious to you, had they stood alone, and

pers? fis from whom they received thein ; as without comment; for I did not mention also their place of abode ; and their parish, your name, nor did I know your name if they have a parish ; a copy of which roll I could be, in any manner, connecled with was to be annually returned by the Regis- the informations which I had received, and ter, to the clerk of the Privy Council, under communicated to Lord Fingall, until Mr. the penalty of 100l. But as the authority O'Neil's pamphlet was sent to me, and, as of Lord Redesdale, gives me now to fear you now tell me, at your instance. If that that I have rotally misconceived the mean- pamphlet makes an application which I nem ing of this act, I can only supplicate his ver made, the application springs from Mr. indulgence for an error, which, if not quite O'Neil and yourself. You call that pampardonable, will at least induce a milder phlet "an humble remonstrance." I conqualification than defiance of the law. I sider it as one of many extraordinary pubam the more earnest in this petition, as his licarions which have lately appeared; some lordship has precluded me from any future impured to high authority ; others counterecurrence to him; and froin any further nanced by high authority; the tendency of explanation, than what he has kindly con which is to insult the Protestants of Ireland, deseended to give in the following answer and their religion, and to irritate the differto my letter :

ent sects against each other. I have no i Ely Place, Dublin, Feb. 1, 1804 disposition to atrribure these publications SIR,My letters to Lord Figgall (as to the Roman Catholics in general. On far as they are the subject of your com the contrary, I believe there are many, very plaint) were a confidential statement to a many, who sincerely deplore their misperson of high rank and character and sup..chievous effect. But the publicalions deposed influence amongst the Roman Catho monstrate the temper. of those who have

lics, of representarions made to me, the composed and patronized them; and with a : truch of which I did not assert, buc coin-1 person who professes 10 consider Mr. municated them to his lordship as I receiv. O'Neil's pamphlet as “an humble remoned them, that he might make proper in strance," I think I cannot prudently hold quiries; and if he found the representations any coi respondence, especially after the to have any foundation, I hoped he might treatment I have experienced with respers · be induced to use his influence, (which, I to my letters to Lord Fingall. I shall

find, I 'very much over-rated') to prevent therefore decline giving any further answer • whar might produce considerable irriration in your letter, which would unavoidably in the minds of the Protestauts of Ireland. lead to a long and unpleasant discussion. These lerters, therefore, ought to have re. I have the honour to be, Sir, your mained in the closet of Lord Fingall: a most humble servant, REDESDALE. different use has been made of them for 1. The Rev. Dr. Conpinger. purposes sufficiently obvious; but I am not TO THE NOBILITY AND GENTRY OF TIE · responsible for a publication which is an

COUNTY OF CORK. abuse of my confidence, and perhaps also The humble remonstrance of the Rev. Peter of the contidence' of Lord fingall, I have, O'Neil, R. C. Parisb Priest of Ballymacoda,

I diók, a right to complain of any publica- (vide note * No. 7, of tbe Correspondence). - tion of those letters ; but I have a right

..MY. LORDS AND GENTLEMEN, - The. most strongly to complain of the great in- present mild administration of his Majesty's justice of that partial publication, which

government in Ireland, having graciously has afforded ground for the grosscst and . mosti malicious misrepresentation. Those Mr. O'Neil, whose superior I am, is the only who deter:pined to abuse my confidence and Roman Catholic clergyman in Ireland who has (as I am informed) that of Lord Fingall, I returned from Botany Bay.

some could give no answer, while others asa ing minuteness of this last detail, but it will serted that it was subsequent to that in be found materially connected with a most quiry, this paper was discovered: again I dreadful charge which appears upon the call for it, let it be produced ; and if it minutes of a Court of Inquiry, held jo incannot, let common justice remand it for vestigate my case the year following in ever to irs source-malignant calumny. It Youghal, under Gen. Graham, by order of was my peculiar misfortune that the charges the Marquis Cornwallis. Before this Court then made against me were not only with. I was not brought; nor any friend of mine held from myself, but even my friends had summoned chiher to speak for me. It was no istimation of them, except by common even a subject of sarcastic reniark in the seport, which then was busili employed in prison-ship, that while I stood there among disseminating the various atrocities supposed the sailors, my trial, as they cermed it, was to have been committed by me: buc nothing going on in Youghal. With the procee• specifically authenticated had transpired : ings of that Court I am to this day onac. the very commitral was so vague as to have quainted. It was ordered I know, in conexcited the astonishment of a professional sequence of a memorial upon my situation, friend of mine in Dublin, and to have even- handed to a distinguished nobleman, and by tually led to my discharge. I shall now him presented at ihc Castl: ; I was not conproceed to the particulars of my case. Im- sulted witb regard to its contents. Unformediately upon my arrest, I was brought tunately for me, it was peaned with more into Youghal, where, without any previous zeal than accuracy; setting forth, among trial, I was confined in a loathsome recepta.. other hardships, that after my punishment, cle of the Barrack, called the Black Hole, I had been left without medical assistance, rendered still more offensive by the stench (on the report, I presume, of a sister-in-law, of the common necessary adjoining it. In who visited me within the interval between that dungeon I remained from Friday until the whipping and the apothecary's arrival;) Monday, when I was conducted to the Bail- it further stated that I had been whipr and ally to receive my punishment. No trial thrown into a dungeon; instead of stating, had yet intervened, nor ever after.-I was as it ought to have done, that I had been stripped and tied up; six soldiers stood thrown into a dungeon and whipt. This forch for this operation; some of them right inversion was faral to me. For the evidence handed, some left-handed men, two at a of Mr. Green, apothecary, most plausibly time (as I judge from the quickness of the contradicted these allegations of the memolashes) and relieved at intervals, until I had rial; and that circumstance, when coupled received two-hundred and seventy-fivelashes with the subsequent horrid charges anda. 80 vigorously and so deeply inflicted, that ciously forged and foisted into the minutes my back and the points of my shoulders of the inquiry, excited an almost invincible were quite bared of the flesh. At that mo prejudice in the mind of the merciful Lord ment, a letter was handed to the officer pre Cornwallis against me. For when, after a siding, writen, I understand, in my favour considerable lapse of time, my professional by the late Hon. Capt. O'Brien, of Rostel friend in Dublin renewed his efforts to save lan. It happily interrupted my punish me, at the risk of being deemed importunate ment. But I had not hitherto shaken the and troublesome, he was still graciously hotriangle; a display of feeling which it seems noured with an audience, wherein to prewas 'cagerly expecied froin me. To accele clude all future interference, as quite inefrate that spectacle, a wire-cat was intro- fectual and hopeless, his Excellency directo duced, armed with scraps of tin or lead. (I ed Colonel Littlehales to read these minutes judge from the effect, and from the descrip to my patron. They reported that I had tion given me:) Whatever were its appen- | freely avowed to Mr. Benjamin Green, apodages, I cannot easily forget the power of it. thecary, while he was dressing my wounds, In defiance of shame, my waist band was cut at the time I was about to be sent on board for the finishing strokes of this lascerating the prison-ship, that I deserved all I had instrument. The very first lash, as it re- suffered and more; for I was privy to the newed all my pangs, and shot convulsive murders, &c. &c. committed in' my parish:

agony through my entire frame, made me that I could account for my conduct in no · shake the triangle indeed. A second inflic- orbier 'way, than by attriburing it to the in

tion of it, penetrated my loins, and tore them stigation of the devil: and that I deserved excrutiatingly: the third maintained the to be shot. The cruel edge of this forged tremulous exhibition long enough-the evidence was still further whetted by sub. spectators were satisfied. I should spare joining to it, that this Mr. Greco was a Rom you my lords and gentlemen, the disguste man Catholic. My respectable intercessor,

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COBBETT’S WEEKLY POLITICAL REGISTER. (268 recalled me from a painful and humiliating l me at this moment with what I was accused exile, to liberty in my native country, I of then, I should think myself favoured by avail myself of the earliest opportunity to transportation: I should hide my head dusolicit your attention, while I end avou', by ring the remainder of my ignominious days, a plain statement, to remove from your minds from the sight of the most atrocious fellow thar odium which misrepresentation and ob criminals : but no proof of these enormities loquy have long excited against me; and ever has, or ever can be adduced. My lords which, unremoved, must render my exis- and gentlemen, I am now liberared : not tence here equally painful to you and to through a pardon solicited for, or granted myself. Were this obloguy an misrepre- | me; but on the merits of my case. To von Sentation confined in its effects to my own | luntcer in perjury is an excess of wickedness individual person, however desirable the re- so vile as not to be attributed to the most instatement in your good opinion must be, I | abandoned without the strongest proofe. should hardly presume to intrude upon you; Under a full conviction that an appeal to but my character affecrs, in some degree, chat | the God of Truth in support of known falseof the body to which I have the honour to hood, would be nothing less than a call belong; it interests the reputation of many | upon him to expunge my name for ever from respectable persons who have humanely in- | the book of lite; to with-hold from me all tertered in my behalf; and what is still of participation in the merits of my Redeemer; far greater importance, it mar possibly in to doom of its own nature, my soul to nevein terest the reputation of his Majesty's go | ending misery; I now most solemnly swear, vernment in Ireland, which with discriini in the presence of Almighty God, upon his Dating impartiality hath luoked down upon Holy Gospels, first, that I was never an me, enveloped as I was in a mist of calumny; United Irishman; that I never took that hach stretched forth a parental hand to re- oath; that I never encouraged, advised, or lease me froin imprisonment, to break my permitted orhers to take it; but on the conchains, and to expunge the hasty sentence trary that I dissuaded others from taking it; wbich consigned me for a time to shame and some of whom have had the generosity to suffering. I shall be particularly careful make affidavit of my exertions in this be. while you condescend to indulge me with a half; and there are many who have candidly bearing, to confin: myself to what is abso- added that they would have taken it, had I lutely necessary for my exculpation. To nor prevented them. Some of these affida. express or even to harbour resentment, 1 vits have long since been laid before governwould ill become me at any time, but pa: ment, together with the other documents of ticularly now. I forgive from my soul every my exculpation. Secondly, I do declare injury I have received, and every person upon my oath that I never signed the death. concerned in inflicting it; not only religion warrant of any man; or an assene to the requires this at my hands, but comainen sense murder or to the death of any man; and that and justice. When I was arrested and I never was asked to sign such death warpunished, it was doubtless in the supposition rant or assent. This declaration is further that I was deeply engaged in the horrors strikingly corroborated by the following which disgraced many parts of this kingdom circumstance: no such paper has ever been at th distressing period. To have been 1.produced against me. It would have pointed at, as an United Irishman; as con amounted incontrovertibly to conspiracy or cerned in the shedding of blood; as an abet- | murder; ic would alone have condemned tor of treason; as assenting to, and en- | me to the gibbet, and there can be no doubt couraging murder; was naturally a death if you consider the temper of my treatment warrant in that momelit of irritation. It is that such an important paper would not were allowed me to complain, I should only have been kept back through lenity. There find fault with the precipitancy of the pro- are some gepileren of this country, who ceedings, which then afflicted me. Had I have declared to others that will attest it been favoured with a regular trial, or even that they had this paper in their hand; that? & calm investigation, the error would have they knew my signature: I now call upon been discovered, and my mistortunes would the most respectfully, most earnestly, and have been obviated; but though the inea- 1 without intending the slightest offence; I sures were precipirately adopted, they were challenge them, I defy them to produce it. 80, under thefull conviction of my flagirious When these gentlemen were asked by my guilty and however painful to me, were friends, during my banishment, why this certainly much, lighter, han such guilt paper was not brought forward previous to would have deserved. Hanging were too my punishment, or tefore the court of ine mild for it and did my conscience charge quiry, which was held upon me in Youghal,

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