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human heart begins to work, and by Mr. O'Connor, and lord Edward the busy scene often displays a great on the part of the Irish insurgents. man grasping at great and noble deeds, The accidental failure of this enterand some political ruffian, often riles prize, the Irish leaders endeavoured like the scum to the surface, seeking to remody by another more efficient self-advancement, thro' the de- attempt. In 1797, lord Edward fruction of the people, whose cause and O'Connor by a circuitous route, : he affects to espouse: France under again arrived in Switzerland, but Roberfpiere bled at every vein, and they suffered much chagrin from the at lengib shrunk from the democratic persons who were appointed to charnel-house for refuge to the bril- meet them, who unlike Hoche had liant military ftandard of a more re- neither talents nor a sense of intercit fined tyrant. Paris after being in the project, and who wanted parscourged by this most inhuman of all ticularly the fincerity which diltinmonsters, and seeing her streets guished that able commander.* The bathed in blood, beheld a new subsequent defeat of the expedition genius rise out of the fanguinary de- from Holland by lord Duncan, ale Tage, who walked over the ruins, tered the plans of the leaders of tho of the Jacobin Club, and taught disaffected, and an appeal to arms Frenchmen, forgetful of their ani- without any hope of foreign affistpofities to gather laurels at Maren- anee from their allies was determin. go, at Jena, and at Austerlitzs. ed on. For this purpose a provin. Ireland had a Clare, who plotted cial meeting was summoned to be her degradation and her ruin, and held at Oliver Bond's where they who made her humbly kiss the iron were to consider of the mode of j rod reeking from her own bowels ; operation. Returns were to be given and she beheld a Fitzgerald in the of the effective force and arms of full glow of honest thoill-directed Leinster, and overy arrangement for patriotism, nobly daring and falling a civil war was to be made. This is a great attemp.Courage minge meeting did take place on the 12th led itself in a great degree in the of March, 1798. It consisted of character of Lord Edward, and he delegates from each county, but was accordingly one of those who scarcely had they becn seated, when at serious hazard, and at great ex- the house was surrounded by a body pence volunteered their services as of infantry and cavalry, whilft anambassadors to the French Republic, other chosen party, headed by a to claim for Ireland assistance in men man of the name of Swan, entered, and arms. To this melancholy and without finding any refiltance, tep were they driven by the relent. immediately seized on the conspira. bers and intolerant temper of Clare tors and all their papers. and his affociates in the filter country, This unexpected" affair, which who in the true spirit of Machiavel. eventually secured the British go.. appear to have determined on the verament in this country, was effcete sacrifice of thousands for the purpose of effecting a union. It was a derin

N O T E. perate experiment. Had lord Ed. . ward lived, the chances of salvation Hoche fell a victim to a come for the existing government might plaint brought on by excessive grief,

have been very scanty indeed. The for the failure of his expedition to | invasion at Bantry Bay was negotia. Bantry.

led in Switzerland, with Hoche,

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ed by the information of the inlage for the reward of aihousand poonde cus Thomis Reynolds, who was offied for his apprehenhun, that one of the delegilis lipo nied to some depaid mooiier, whose Jepreline K ale. This abandoned naine remains a 1 c et, transferred man, wou entered into the plans the dearelt fon that ever Ireland : und views of the ditaff ced, with could numbei, among her best chile' an inten'ion of betraying them, and dien, to in: ignominous gratificae · of applyia their blood to the pura lion o an inremperale adminiftras poles of his aggrandi menis, with tion, in exchange for a wifing ene' the l'ince of anoiler delpt ale joyment, and an infincere patrons adventurer, who negotiated for the age. diutuair wards they exp. a.d with After a variety of pain ul changesa an unexampled and in cetermina. his lord ship was received into the tion to earn a life of volupluoure's nanfion of an il uttrious lady since and intaniy prolecul din partners dead, on Uther'sequy, where he oj bis crimes, and the uniortunate might have centained wion fecuriiy, men expiated their alleged reasons were not he apprehenave, that this on the gibbet, amidst the ti ctions peculiar mis'ortune might aggravate of her 10nocent lam.lies, the bene- The painful lol:c:eude which the sea diations of their friends, and the nerable matron leftihed for his fafc. Lavage abuse of their enemies. ty, his ieelings for his good friend,

Lord Edward eenpeu che pesfidi. fubdued his overv conlideration for ous insultry of Reynolus, who in hinsell, and on Friday evening the pored himself on the generous and 17th day of May, 1798. he unforunsuspecting heart of a man whore tunately quirico ine hofpicable house foul was animated with the moft of his friend, aod in the disguise of Forantic notions that ancient learn. a pentants dress, paid into Walini, love of country, and unguel. lung ftree, on his way to another tioned rectilude could communicate hidi g place prepared for him in the to the huinan breast. By an uníore. houle of Mr. Murphy of Thomas Seen delay whic'ı impeded his anxi- Areet ous steps, on his way 10 Mr. Bind's Such was the industry of the houle, he had arrived within two wreiches employed to arrest, or the bundred yarus of the appoinicd ren- treachery of some milcreant prive dezvous wheu he ditcovered the to the place of his concealecki, mil tary force directing its approach that he bad carcly pailed over ike to Bridge-treet, crolling the Old, lingih of fi'iy yards, when the Bude, tome presentiment, which affitanis o M.jor Sirr, beaded by We are sorry to say, did not attend hintelf, made an allenpe to seize bini, on another fatal occasion, him; fome young men had the prewarned him, that things were nota çantion to politibemfelves in different favourable alped, he haftily Itepped paris of the street, left any accident into a woollen draper's house on ihe should occur that might expose him Jan's-quay, where doctor M Nevin to danger. tben lodged, where he found an, A the moment, the major and honest asylum from the busy and in his men pounced towards their prey. veterate fury of bis enemies. He that appeared to be completely in remained until night covered his re- their power, as no friend was seen treat, but, « short and transient re- attending him. The tygers of jusfu ge, for he was so carefully uraced tice, on the critical moment of


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Recoring him were lurprized 10 after receiving the linke, he reeled
find, that fome obftinale di ul- back, when he collced as much
tes were to be lurmounted before refolution as requirded him of the
they could bear off the poil, for pillol he had in his hand, which he
the chief, found himself bound in had the courage to discharge, and
the hands of two young men of the from whi h lord Edward received a
Rames of Gallagher and Paliner, one wound in hia ihoulder; to this accounting
of whom Aruck hiin on the neck denial effort of his fpirits he owed
with a dagger, this was the com- his fafety, for ibe resor brought
mencement of a general confi.ct, Sirr and the roliers lo tja fiance.
which was obftinately contested, Lora Esward was iecuted, and the
anul the major and his men eff cted affrigh'ed major prefervec.
a well-tuned retreai, ard lord Ed Had lord Euward Ioanned in the
ward gained bis intenced place of room where his arms bung, the

whole pare would not be sufficient
On the Saturday evening which 10 fake hu., bu it appeared that
was the next day, about the hour every honeti precanuon hitherto
of nine, the young noblepian had iken to pleierve h 1, was not care.
thrown himtelf on a bed in Mure fully obleived. Prov.dence that
phy's, impatiently waiting for foule dilpo es of kingdoms and of huna
persons who were to conduct him grandeur, pants for lis own wise
to another house in a neighbourhood purposes for our instruction and chal
les frequented. While he was uement, le sons ol dilappointment,
anxiouQy meditating on his peril us by which what is mit dear and
fituation, two men entered the valu.ble according to our insertcat
soom, major Swan, and one Ryan, ideas of erjogu;ent, are to be ne
both well armed, Ryan with a pistol 611t whore melancholy fate we are
in his hand, desired lord Edward painiully to survive.
to rise as he was a prifoner to this He was removed to Ncwgate,
demand the young lord made no where such medical alliitance as was
answer, but abruptly arose and thought prudent to give him was
grappled with Ryan with his left adminiftei.d
hand, while with the other, he diew On Wednciday evening the 22d
a dagger, which be plunged into of May, the Directory iflu diieis
Ryan's breast, who immediately fell. orders for a general infurre&ion,
Swan, who was a terrified fpcctator and about nine o'clock, a very busy
of the fate of his companion, had and extensive range of preparation
not power to give any alarm to the took place in Dublin and its vicinity.
loidiers, and Sirr, who were on the The colonels or commanders of dira
fairs, was in his turn allacked; to tricts of Dublin met at a bou se in
avoid the pistol, lord Edward grap. Abig street, to receive the plan of
pled with Swan, and a fiient strug- operations from such persons as were
gle ensued, aś Swan became inca appointed to inítiue them from the
pable of communicating his danger, Directory. Here the information
under the jimpressions he had for his of Reynolds operareu in an extensive
Safety, he received a blow intended degree, to in pede ihe busineis of
for his breast, but in his fears, he the conspirato's, as every man of
made an effort to avoid it, and by a abilities and courage, who were most
fortunate turn of his body, the dag- eminently qualified to manage the
per inflicted but a light wound; rebellion were arrefted by the fortue


nale discovery of this informer. It Vended, by the information of Reya appears that men very unfit for such nolds, and the dislipation of Nela daring affair, were appointed in sfon, a bufimoss, that had one shot their places. Courage, a leading been fired in Dublin, would have qualification, as well as prudence in shook the British empire to its cxa kate of Warfare, they seemed to iremities, and on which hung the have been abfolure strangers to future fate of Europe. So intimidated were they at the fate? On the 4th of June following, of their predecessors in office, that lord Edward's death was made pubthey were afraid to entrust a second lic, though the real and immediate person between them and the offi- cause of it remains concealed in a kers who were to command the kind of obscurity. Several contrainsurgents, and the man they did dictory accounts were spread abroad appoint, though qualified by great by the minor agents of government, abilities and integrity, was such a accounting for the sudden death of victim to inebriety, that he would a prisoner, who was perfeâly cured neglect the most womentous business of a night flesh wound in the Ahoulto gratify his prevailing passion of der, inflicted by a small leaden pelintemperance, be literally got let not much bigger than a pea.drunk after having an interview with No regular account has been given the officers, to whom he promised to that bore any marks of truth from return with final instructions. In the uniformity of the narrators. fome few minutes after his depar. Lord Clare himself was off his guard ture. On his way to the directory, in the house of lords, by not follow. be again applied to his favourite ing some of the tales that were in enjoyment, and so much did he circulation, for he hastily made one destroy all seose of the great trust of his own, by saying that lord he undertook, that he deliberately Edward's death was owing to water taggered to the prison gate where on his breast. This high authority lord Edward lay. Immediately he is sufficient to convince us, that the was recognized and arrested by the injuries he received from Swan or jailor, who knew him intimately, Ryan, were not fatal, perhaps ? as he had been a prisoner under his public execution of a man of his care some short time before. The popularity and family connexions, leaders who anxioully waited his at such a critical period, was not return, were involved in the most considered a prudent experiment, to painful disquietude, before they promote the ends of political exper beard of the conduct and fate of diency, or public justice. Nelson. On the fatal news being an. His remains were put into' ? nounced, they hastily dispersed, leaden coffin, and with the utmost leaving their respective divisions secrecy they were taken from the that spent their time in the same gaol, at three o'clock in the mornincertitude, to take such steps for ing. attended by a guard, and de their own security as individual pofired in a vault in Si, Werburgh's prudence might suggest. Thus church,


LIFE OF MR, O'CONOR. They add, that the retreat of Sulli

van and O'Conor of which an acContinued from page 281.

count may be seen in my appendix, Mr. O'Conor s Correspondence with

was equal to the retreat of the Mr. Bryan O'Conor relative to 10,000 A good history of Kerry the History of the county Kerry. would certainly throw great lights

-His case of the Roman Catho- on the ancient state of this king·lics.

dom, it would evince that our an

cient improvements such as they While the Thoughts were thus af

were, are to be attributed only to fording matter for serious conversa. ourselve-, and it would illustrate the tion to people of all descriptions, à following curious expressions taken Mr. Bryan O'Conor of the county from a celebrated Roman writer. . Kerry, undertook a history civil, « It is wonder.ul how that bar. ecclasiastical and natural, of that « barians who lived at the extremity county.-Mr. Smith, who wrote “ of the world, and might be supthe histories of Cork and Waterford o posed as remote from knowledge some time before, undertook it in "as from men, could understand like magner, but the former had « matters of such deep enquiry and gone deeply into this work before " translate them into another lanthe latter had thought of it, obtained "guage, I mean John the Irishso guineas subscription from one no- « map.t As to the Danes they ne. bleman, ten. from apother, &c. and, ver were in peaceable poffeffion of finding bimself hurt by Mr. Smith's this country. Though they got pos. Teaping where he had never sown, feflion of some fortified places on travelled from Killarney to Dublin our sea-coasts, it is well known that to consult with Mr. O'Conor on the they were ever in a state of violence 'best method of executing his design. and war, a hord of savages, enemies

-Mr. O'Conor advised him to de. to all improvement, and ravagers of fer it until after Mr. Smith's book every thing sacred and profane, as would be published, -" The history well might we attribute to Goths " of Kerry,” said he, “must be to and Vandals the improvements of ** Ireland what that of Ireland is to Italy or Africa in the days of Genfo “ the rest of Europe, it must be ricusi. “ truly Irish.” In fact, Kerry, men boalt that they ever maintained Mr. O'Conor to O'Conor Kerry, their ancient freedom in their inac. ceffible mountains with uncommon

. “Dear Sir, perseverence, and that the English - The etymon of Kerry is Cabir Pale looked to Kerry with the same riaghta, the kingdom of Cahir son of invidious eye with which the Ro. Fergus, King of Ulfter. « from maps looked anciently to Ireland.* whom the O'Conors Kerry are de. NOTE. . ..

Ν OT E. Tacitus says in his Agricola, a that when the Romans conquered + See Anastas, Bibloth, apud Britain, they wilhed to reduce Ire. Usser Syl. Ep. 24. land also that the Britons should I Mr. Ledwich strains the words not be taotalized by the fight of li, cyen of Giraldus against Ireland. berty fo near them.”


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