History of the Civil War in Ireland, Containing an Impartial Account of the Proceedings of the Irish Revolutionists, from the Year 1782 Until the Suppression of the Intended Revolution: To which is Prefixed a Geographical and Historical Account of Ireland, Volume 2

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S. Butler & Pechin & Frailey by J. W. Butler, 1805 - Ireland
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Page cxxiii - You do me honor over-much : you have given to the subaltern all the credit of a superior. There are men engaged in this conspiracy, who are not only superior to me, but even to your own conceptions of yourself, my lord ; men, before the...
Page cxvi - I only to suffer death, after being adjudged guilty by your tribunal, I should bow in silence, and meet the fate that awaits me without a murmur. But the sentence of the law which delivers my body to the executioner will, through the ministry of that law, labor, in its own vindication, to consign my character to obloquy...
Page cxix - You, my lord, are a judge ; I am the supposed culprit: I am a man, you are a man also; by a revolution of power we might change places, though we never could change characters. If I stand at the bar of this court and dare not vindicate my character, what a farce is your justice?
Page xviii - I do renounce, reject, and abjure the opinion, that princes excommunicated by the Pope and council, or by any authority...
Page cxxi - ... an emissary of France! An emissary of France! And for what end? It is alleged that I wished to sell the independence of my country! And for what end?
Page cxvi - I do not imagine that, seated where you are, your minds can be so free from impurity as to receive the least impression from what I am going to utter.
Page cxxiv - The proclamation of the provisional government speaks for our views; no inference can be tortured from it to countenance barbarity or debasement at home, or subjection, humiliation, or treachery from abroad.
Page cxvii - When my spirit shall be wafted to a more friendly port ; when my shade shall have joined the bands of those martyred heroes who have shed their blood on the scaffold and in the field, in defence of their country and of virtue, this is my hope...
Page cxxiii - I am accountable for all the blood that has and will be shed in this struggle of the oppressed against the oppressor — shall you tell me this, and must I be so very a slave as not to repel it? I do not fear to approach the Omnipotent Judge to answer for the conduct of my whole life; and am I to be appalled and falsified by a mere remnant of mortality here?
Page xxi - I do hereby disclaim, disavow, and solemnly abjure any intention to subvert the present church establishment, for the purpose of substituting a Catholic establishment in its stead; and...

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