Ireland sixty years ago

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M'Glashan, 1851 - Law - 155 pages
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Page 62 - To make this intelligible to the English, some comments are necessary. Let us follow the text, step by step, and it will afford our readers, as Lord Kames says of Blair's Dissertation on Ossian, a delicious morsel of criticism.
Page 23 - No gentleman had taken his proper station in life till he had " smelt powder," as it was called ; no barrister could go circuit till he had obtained a reputation in this way ; no election, and scarcely an assizes, passed without a number of duels ; and many men of the bar, practising half a century ago, owed their eminence, not to powers of eloquence or to legal ability, but to a daring spirit and the number of duels they had fought. Some years since a young friend, going to the bar, consulted the...
Page 133 - The book was presented to him. He shook his head and declined to take it. It was thrust into his right hand. He hastily withdrew the hand, as if he was afraid of its being infected by the touch, and placed it out of the way behind his back. It was then presented to his left hand, which he also withdrew, and held behind his back with his right. Still the persevering book was thrust upon him, and still he refused, bowing and retreating, with his hands behind him, until he was stopped by the wall.
Page 124 - I drew up for him a variety of constitutions, which he actually contemplated presenting to the provisional government when established. Revolutionary principles began to spread in college, and an incident happened which excited much indignation even among the most loyal. A little previous to the departure of the highly unpopular Lord Camden from the viceroyalty of Ireland, it was announced that the college, in their corporate capacity, intended to proceed to the Castle, and present an address to...
Page 119 - T., who attached himself to the Englishman, invited him to his house in the country, and in the display of his good nature and sense of hospitality, gave up his time and business to make the visit agreeable and instructive to his acquaintance, who left Ireland with many expressions of obligation for the kindness and attention he had received. Shortly after, T.
Page 50 - Beside hurling the spear into the sea, the lord mayor and corporation observed several other ceremonies. In their progress they made various stops, and held sham consultations, which were called courts. At a court at Essexgate it was a regular ceremony to summon Sir Michael Creagh in the following form : — " Sir Michael Creagh ! Sir Michael Creagh ! come and appear at the court of our lord the king, holden before the right honourable the lord mayor of the city of Dublin, or you will be outlawed.
Page 25 - So general was the practice, and so all-pervading was the duel mania, that the peaceful shades of our university could not escape it. Not only students adopted the practice, but the principal and fellows set the example. The Honourable J. Hely Hutchinson, the Provost, introduced, among other innovations on the quiet retreats of study, dancing and the fashionable arts. Among them was the noble science of defence, for which he wished to endow a professorship. He is represented in Pranceriana as a fencing-master,...
Page 130 - ... questioned touching his vote at the board in the case of Ardagh and Power. He acknowledged he opposed their expulsion, and voted for rustication during a year, and stated that there were two other members of the board who voted with him. He admitted that he had gone from the board into the college court, and there declared the vote he had given, and said he did so because he thought it was right. The vice-chancellor declared that the conduct of Dr. Browne was highly reprehensible ; that it promoted...
Page 126 - Those who have seen Lord Clare in his visitorial capacity never will forget him — the hatchet sharpness of his countenance, the oblique glance of his eye, which seemed to read what was passing in the mind of him to whom it was directed.
Page 122 - I thought him not only the most handsome, but the largest man I had ever seen. Tone and Tandy looked like pigmies beside him. His ample and capacious forehead seemed the seat of thought and energy; while with such an external to make him feared, he had a courtesy of manner that excited love and confidence. He held in his hand a large stick, and was accompanied by a large dog. I had not been long standing on the floor, looking at and absorbed in the persons about me, when I was perceived, and a whisper...

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