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countries, for the attainment of objects of which we have been long in undisputed possession ? We look down upon those struggles from the point to which we have happily attained, not with the cruel delight which is described by the Poet, as arising from the contemplation of agitations in which the spectator is not exposed to share ; but with an anxious desire to mitigate, to enlighten, to reconcile, to save ;-by our example in all cases, by our exertions where we can usefully interpose." Canning's Speech. P. 80.
These are not merely the defensive arguments of an accomplished orator, but sound commentaries upon the history of the past, with a sagacious application of them to the present and the future. Such reasoning, and such declarations, are well received throughout the country; for they convince us of the wisdom as weil as the talent of our rulers. ' Proudly as ministers triumphed, in the debate now before us, over their domestic rivals, we feel a livelier pleasure at the more signal success which must attend a comparison of them with foreign statesmen. This is a national, and not a party ques. tion. The diplomatists of the Continent are as inferior to Mr. Canning in the soundness of their political reasonings, as in the justice of their cause, or the brilliancy of their wit. And it would evince a most unbecoming want of confidence in the good sense and virtue of nations, to apprehend that allies and supporters would be wanting if we were forced into a war with the invaders of Spain. Britain may be, and ought to be, the object of some jealousy to foreigners on the Continent; but it will not venture to unite against her while she continues so decidedly in the right.
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here and there through the net-work is all that our eyes may attain unto. But we believe there is some sense at the bottom, if a man knew how to come by it. The following passage comes nearer to the mark than Mr. O'Driscol's shafts are wont to do.
“ The confiscations and grants of land which followed every defeated insurrection, were the golden ore which consoled the adventurers. Irish confederates and allies, though sometimes found, were reluctantly admitted, for they narrowed the field of confiscation. . The Lord President of Munster, in the reign of Elizabeth, refused to admit a man of rank into the peace and service of the Queen, until he had committed murder upon some person of con: sequence, of his own kindred and party. These were the terms of his acceptance; and, more wonderful still, they were complied with. And in the reign of Henry VII., Lord Gormanston, after a victory over the Irish, turned to the Earl of Kildare, and exclaimed, We have slaughtered our enemies, but, to complete the good deed, we must now cut the throats of those Irish of our own party.'
“Of the wickedness of this system there can be no question. Of its impolicy we have to say a word or two. It utterly destroyed the gentry of old Irish race. The uninterrupted working of five or six hundred years had accomplished their ruin. 'They were rooted out of the land of their fathers ; but the memory of their race has not perished. New families have taken their places, but as yet are far from having acquired their privileges. Between the new race of gentry and the people there is no sympathy or confidence yet established.” O'Driscol, Vol. I. p. 47.
“ The unhappy policy pursued in Ireland threw insuperable obstacles in the way of the Reformation in that country. The gentry, indeed, adopted the religion of the state, but the people would not follow them, for they were strangers in the land. If the rage for confiscation and a wiser policy could have spared the ancient gentry, these too, would have embraced the religion of the crown, as did the O'Briens, and a few others, whoin an extraordinary fortune preserved ; - and the people would have followed their leading
“ The descendants also of the bold and turbulent chieftains, who brooked impatiently the dominion of a foreigner, would in our time be found as complaisant to the government, and as faithful to the British throne as any Scotch or English peer in parliament. And from them would have descended to the people a true knowledge and just impression of the king and the constitution. The father of his people—their most precious inheritance. The people would have sent back, through these natural channels, the full tide of their warm affections.” O'Driscol, Vol. I. p. 49.
The chapter on the Penal Laws is still more effective.-It exposes their enormities in the most unanswerable manner,