Catholics and the American Revolution, Volume 1

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M.I.J. Griffin, 1907 - Catholics
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Page 36 - Nor can we suppress our astonishment that a British Parliament should ever consent to establish in that country a religion that has deluged your island in blood, and dispersed impiety, bigotry, persecution, murder, and rebellion through every part of the world.
Page 246 - ... in the world not, of their election ? Can the intervention of the sea that divides us cause disparity in rights ? Or can any reason be given why English subjects, who live three thousand miles from the Royal Palace, should enjoy less liberty than those who are three hundred miles distant from it? Reason looks with indignation on such distinctions, and freemen can never perceive their propriety.
Page 144 - I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations in examples of justice and liberality. And I presume that your fellow-citizens will not forget the patriotic part which you took in the accomplishment of their Revolution, and the establishment of their Government, or the important assistance which they received from a nation in which the Roman Catholic faith is professed.
Page 17 - We are too well acquainted with the liberality of sentiment distinguishing your nation, to imagine that difference of religion will prejudice you against a hearty amity with us.
Page 15 - America : and in prosecution of the same system, several late, cruel, and oppressive acts have been passed, respecting the town of Boston and the Massachusetts Bay, and also an act for extending the province of Quebec, so as to border on the western frontiers of these colonies, establishing an arbitrary government therein, and discouraging the settlement of British subjects in that wide extended country ; thus, by the influence of civil principles and ancient prejudices, to dispose the inhabitants...
Page 248 - Parliament assert that they have a right to bind us in all cases, without exception, whether we consent or not ; that they may take and use our property when and in what manner they please ; that we are pensioners on their bounty for all that we possess, and can hold it no longer than they vouchsafe to permit.
Page 247 - ... by another act, the dominion of C'anada is to be so extended, modelled and governed, as that, by being disunited from us, detached from our interests, by civil as well as religious prejudices; that by their numbers daily swelling with Catholic emigrants from Europe, and by their devotion to...
Page 194 - The establishment of a Protestant Episcopate in America is also very zealously contended for: And it is very alarming to a people whose fathers, from the hardships they suffered under such an establishment, were obliged to fly their native country into a wilderness, in order peaceably to enjoy their privileges, civil and religious: Their being threatened with the loss of both at once, must throw them into a very disagreeable situation. We hope in God such an establishment will never take place in...
Page 249 - May not a ministry, with the same armies enslave you ? it may be said, you will cease to pay them ; but remember, the taxes from America, the wealth, and we may add the men, and particularly the Roman Catholics of this vast continent, will then be in the power of your...
Page 247 - They are now the subjects of an arbitrary government, deprived of trial by jury, and when imprisoned, cannot claim the benefit of the habeas corpus act — that great bulwark and palladium of Enplish liberty.

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