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by pillars, form a piazza round the and verdure ; for what he calls Lus square, where the inhabitants may Delirius (the delights) on the side of walk under cover. In the middle of the gate of Atocha, is little deserving the square a market is kept.

of the name, as the most offensive The streets and squares of Madrid, smell continually exhales from a stage except the Plaza Mayor, which I have nant canal, called the canal of Manjust described, are ornamented with Zanares, which has long been begun, fountains in a very ill taste. Those but is not yet near finished. It canmøst to be distinguished in this pare not be denied but it would be of conticular, are the fountain of the small siderable utility for the facilitation of irregular square called Piaza di An. conveyacce, and would work several tonio Martin, and that of the square mills which have been built on its named Puerta del Sol. The others banks ; but its waters will always are not more magnificient though less have so little motion that there is too ridiculous. It was this purity of the much cause to fear they might give air and excellent quality of the water birth to fevers and putrid diseases in which induced Philip II, and his the four or five leagues of country successors to fix their residence in this through which they are to take their city.

languid course. The houses are, in general, built of brick ; there are several which are large and handsome : vut I found few that are to be compared to the elegant Strictures on Captain Ouzley's Bioedifices of the Rue Grenelle, or the

graphy, Fauxbourg St. Honore, at Paris.

The city of Madrid contains fif- THE life of a living Lawyer in teen gates, eighteen Parishes, thirty, very flattering columns, bordering five couvents for monks, and thirty. much on the marvellous, is just one of nuns; thirty-nine colleges, given to the public, as extracts from hospitals, or houses of charity ; seven the Biographical pen of a Captain thousand three hundred and ninety. Ouzley. If such a Captain ever tight dwelling houses, and about a lived, we do not hesitate to say, he hundred and forty thousand inhabi. was very inaccurate in his tale, par. tants. The Looibard traveller, fa. ticularly in the map of family prother Caimo, tells us that fifty thou- perty he has drawn, and elevations sand sheep, and twelve thousand he has made in Mary's-Lane, Strand oxen are annually consumed there : Street, and Britain-Street, as well io which his editor has added a ludi- as in his chronological statement. crous estimate of the onions and We have papers before us at preleeks devoured there which he says sent, that differ materially from amount to 97000000000000000000 poor dead Captain Ouzley, i.e. real 0000000000045, But to complain leases 'made of most of the old of the disagreeable smclis of the streets houses in two of the streets mennor would be find all the perfumes of tioned, and we cannot discover the Arabia necessary to defend himseit name even of a witness to one of from them.

: the deeds, which bear any likeness The environs of Madrid present to the Milesian cognomens, said to the traveller with noting agreeable be taken from the Captain's notes, except the banks of the Manzanares, so far we dispute with the learned, Where he finds shads and coulness; but dead, Captain in the case of


property, taken from the illustrious is dead, as we have no ambition of family, under the operation of the entering the list where literary or “ Popery laws.In another point military fame is to be acquired, the biographer, whom we seriously with such a shrewd, spirited and think to be a lawyer instead of a brave man as Captain Ouzely must captain, we are obliged to correct have been, if we are to judge of his on the score of chronology, for he great mind and great extensive eru. sends his hero on his travels to dition, by the noble subject that London, oppressed with grief at employed his pen. Swift descended the recent death of his mother in in the fervour of genius to praise the year 1771. To controvert this horses at the expense of humanity ; fact, we are in possession of a num. Captain Ouzely has done the like, ber of the Hibernial Journal of the to raise the reputation of other ani. year 1771, then printed in Meath- mals, as much distinguished for street, in which our travelling hero, their incapacity and effrontery, as as Captain Quzely has him, adver- human nature is for its vices. tises as a huxter and grocerman in The biographer of the lawyer, as Mary’s-lane. We are not at pre- the defunct Captain, is reported to sent prepared to dispute with a the public to be, has given the redead officer, on other topics men- putation of property to his legal tioned in his notes, such as the he. friend, and the laws against popery roism of the young lawyer, con are quoted as evidences of his pretending with Lord George Gordon's mature indigence. If we dare des. army of fanatics, to defend the Bi. cend to personal Biography, and if shop of Lincoln; and the eminence the London stews preserved any reof hishero at the English Bar, as lead- gisters of their vices, their pimps ing council with Lord Erskine, and and panders, we could collect ma. such brilliant atchievements so ex- terials that would recommend, and pressive of great personal courage, even authorise some men, who presence of mind, legal talents, and mingled literary assumption of chaliterary acquirements. As we dif. racter with the industry of Male fer so materially with the Captain, Bawds, to a distinguished rank at we are happy, if he ever was an the Bar. inhabitant of this world, to hear he

e are requested by a correspondent minds born to better purposes) to . 'as a tejf of our impartiality to infert divide and distract, and weaken oor be following utler, late y.Publibod uniortunate country, by representing ! by COYNE Capel Sirmat. your Lordship and your friends, as

the enemies of the Catholics of * My LORD,

Ireland, and by pointing you out as

the betrayers of Irish freedom. This · Whenever I have had the honour to my Lord, is a cruel denunciation. address your Lordship, I have in varia Do the people of Ireland, who have ble considered you as the natural and witnessed the transactions of the Telpéčled head of the Roman Catho- Irish Catholics since the year 18050 lic people of Ireland. I have placed believe the calumny? Will the Ca you in that station which ennobles tholics of Ireland, who have wice Tank, and gives a solid and imperisha. nessed your labours in their cause, ble character to a name, which in the the money you have expended in circle you have the happiness to move, presling forward their petition, the enjoys unlimited confidence and un- indultry you have manifefted, the precedented affection. It is not my leal you have displayed, and above office to Batter; it is my dury my Lord al, the unconquerable integrity with to speak truth, and the recollection of which you have met all parties, whe. pilteveots directs my pen to the record thet ministerial or opposition, fure of acts, which command the grati- render their understandings to the tude of every man who has a heart to factious cry which has been raised Feel for the emancipation of his coun- against a nobleman, whom they cantrymen. I cannot trace back the e pot pull from his just and proper vents of the last four years without ftation, but by a successful rivalry of bearing testimony to the disinterest. liis virtues and integrity? Do ihes edness, the purity, and the honoura. flatter therolulves by thinking that ble feeling which distinguished your the people of Ireland will submit to Lordihip in every transaction which an unreason:blo separation from their concerned the intereits of the tho. Datural beads, 'advisers and friends'? lics of Ireland-i cannot reflect on Do the calumniators of my Lord your delicate,, though embarrasad Ingal and Mr M'Donnell suppose feelings on the memorable negoti ih they are supporting the Interells tion of 180; with his Majest's minic of the Irish atholics, when they kers, without tellifying that grati. are enten mouring 10 degrade thore tude which is due to services volun men who ands highest in the con tary aod unpensioned; I cannot con templation of the em se, whore real my refpe& for that mind, which names * hèn Ireland is alked of) are gros its exertions in porportion to the first mentioned by the member of the obloquy of its enemies, and measures inperial parliament, whore chariciers its kindaess by the magnitude of the are inga'red into as the masure of Caluginy which impeaches it ; I have Irish respecta liv, and whose vir ges, witnessed with much pain the exer. aud whole integrity, and Whofein. tions which have been inade by men dependence at the head of the Cra of no inferior rank of no inferior talent tholic people are taken into confia of honest and tealous hearts against deration as the materials on which the character of your Lordship, and their judgments with respect to Ire. of those with whom you have bad cke land may be formed, and the ground.' konour to advise ; I have witnessed work on which their councils shall be: pitba forrow the unworthy efforts of founded ?Whca fuch a mad as &arsa

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held draws his pen against a worthy to his honest and uniofluenced underand respected fellow-citizen, to gra. ftanding; but when Sarsfield is about rify the malignity of party, it be. to come before the world, he will comes a source of real sorrow and pardon me wheo I advise him to Nacere disappointment. I have seen suppress his indignation, add fileoce no exertion more worthy of the his feelings ; they are very uowise. cause in which he has embarked than though they mould be true; they Sarsfield's. I have read his lines are very injurious, though they with pleasure, and with sorrow ; with mould be well intended. Though pleasure, when he spoke his owo feel. Sarsfield should indulge himself by ings; with sorrow, when he uttered taking a retrospective view of the rhe sentiments of faction When Catholic body, though he thould Sarsfield drew a line betweeo the no call to our remembrance the fecedero bility and genery, and people of Ire- of 1-93 from the cause of the peo. land, give me leave to say he was as ple, though he should paiot tlcir weak as he was deftrucive ; when pufillanimity and their crimes in the he degraded my Lord Fingal, to most glowing colours, and hold up raise up the character of another, he their example to his countrymco as was impolitic ; but Sarsfield was un. a lesson of inftruction, as a proof of jult when he confounded years of er. the great public injury which mult sor with years of truth, of virus, ever flow from deferring the mass of and of unwearied exertions ; let it our fellow citizens—though Sarsfeld mot be forgotten that the Catholics should do all this, why disgrace bis of this country can no longer be di- page with fcurrility which no one vided, that the recollection of past credits, and every maa loaths mistakes, of old errors, can no lon why stoop to the meapness of perger seperate the mass of our people fonal detraction in one paragraphi from the councils of a noble Lord, while he is pleading the cause of truth who, since he has began to think for and his country in another? What himself, has acted with honour and said Mr. Keogh on a memorable* with purity. Does noi Sarsfield and occasion ? I bave heard (laid this Laicus know that Ireland divided is acute observer of human nature) contemptible ? Do they not feel that our object is to traduce and ca. that the triumph of a faction is the lumniate the character of a respe&ted extincion of our hopes, and the fig- fellow citizen, that our obje&t is to pal of victory to our enemies is the make bi n odious to his countrymen. olumny and degradation of such The charge is as falle as it foolish. james as Lord Fingal and Randal Vs. M'Donnell needs no desence M'Doonell ? Look to the excla. but his character. Let him hold up inations of the Giffards, “ The Ca. this Thield and he may bid defiance tholics of Ireland abuse and maligo to the most envenomed shafts of dach other, this is our time : let us, his enemies. Will not Sarsfield How move forward in the race of believe the telimony of such an au• monopoly." I am well aware of the thority as Mr. Keogh? the complio feelings with wh ch Sarsfield writes ; meat was an honourable to the spez. I am aware of his senability to the ker as to the man on whom it was weakness and the folly, and the tice conferred, Let us therefore have no of whole nien, who have oace dis. personality-no more Billingsgate graced the Catholic body of Ireland; it is matter of which every man who feeling as he does, I am not surprised can wield a pen may command a that in hisctofet he would give veut t At the meeting of the Catholin

at Stephen'..Creer in ssel

abundance-unworthy of Sarsfield this folemn mockery which has disgraceful to his great cause, and mured the empire for so many months deltructive of the harmony of his What words shall I make use of lo most respected fellow citizens. When exprels my indignation against the I took up my pea to address this let. fooled and be sotted understanding of ter to your Lordship, I did mean to those Natemen, who with a grave and derout so much time to the confide- legislative deporement, propose thas ration of the calumnies which have his Majesty shall (to induce him, forbeen lately published against your footh, to recommend our claims to character, and the reputation of those his parliament,) control the nomi. with whom you have had the honour nation the Catholic Bishops of Iron to a&t for the last five years as I land ? Were Mr. Grattan or Mr. wrote on, the importaoce of refuta- Ponsonby serious when they made tion pressed on my mind ; and the the proposal ? Were they serious, great public service which must flow when they stated that such a copcelfrom the bold and open affertion fion on the part of Ireland, would of the claims of your Lordship on haften its emancipation ? Were they the gratitude of your country, has serious when they held out this as the urged me to poftpoge so long the grand and impassable bar co the cosideration of a question which now freedom of their country'neo? It it occupies the minds of our country. my Lord Fingal in the pride and nen of every persuasion. This ques- plentitude of Buonapar.'s power ? Is tion has already been decided on, it at a period when Catholic Spain and its decision has been marked is fighting in the cause of freedom, with features, which in my mind have and the principal Protestant states of raised the importance and conse. Continental Europe are fighting a. quence and weight of our country gainft it ? Is it at a period wheo the higher than any iransaction Gnce the Iria Catholic iş pouring out his memorable affertion of the right by blood dod his treasure in defence of the Volunteers of Ireland, It is a che fupremacy of England, in support proud and glorious distinction, that of her religion, her laws, and her when we lost our constitution by the liberty? Is it at a period wben the treason of a faction, we were not at colightened Proteftants of England the same moment surrendering the and Ireland, are calling for the eman. jower of our clergy over the religion, cipation of their countrymea, unsha. the morals, and the habits of our ckled by vetos or political controuls ? people ; that one tribunal still remain. Is it during this great and command og ed, which corruption and violence scene that we see members of parlia. altailed in rain ; that the power which ment who we thought poffeffed ex robbed us of our pride and dignity paoed, stroog, and legillative miods) as a nation, could not despoil us of driving their little trade of pounds, our reverence for the immemorial shillings and pence, or playing their ulage of our church, and that if a little game of clerks, of profit and change were to be effe&ed, fuch loss, with the feelings, the honour, change should now from the heart and the conscience of their country, and the unobtruded reflection of the Whether the power of controul natural guardians of the interests of which has been offered by those religion, and not be extorted from high and eminent statelmen to be perlecuted people in the hour vested in his Majesty be injurious or of their calamity and sufferance. Otherwise to the interests of religion, But, my lord, what shall I lay of I am not competent, nor am I wil.


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