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peror in reminding him of the landing of this Sicilian in Dalmatia. The Emperor had now an opportunity of shedding English blood without being known to have the least concern in it. He sent me back, however, my report with the following words written with his own hand in the margin of it.

"MR. LE DUC DE ROVIGO, this is a very strange proposition, and I am much offended with it. Preserve a strict silence on the nature of this communication, which ought to cover its author with infamy. Send the wretched bearer of it to Vincennes, and take care that he neither returns to this depraved woman, nor conveys her any intelligence."

This order was obeyed. L'Amelis was confined at Vincennes, where he still remained, when the revolution occurred in April, 1814. He had been imprisoned only a few months when I read in the English Journals, an account of the discovery of an organized plot in Sicily, against the English military, and that the commanding officer had made a severe example of the principal agents in the plot.

After this fact is proved, how can it be said that the Emperor was so thirsty after English blood as to let slip no opportunity of letting it flow!










Hoc fonte derivata clades

In Patriam populumque fluxit. Hon.





THE designation of an Ill-fated Country seems, in the present day, to be by common consent appropriated to Ireland. It is the burden of every parliamentary, as well as out of door lamentation. It is echoed by every alarmist among the loyal, and by every agitator among the discontented and factious on both sides of the channel. Unfortunately, her internal situation and her moral character, the political and religious dissentions by which her very bowels are torn, the barbarised and savage excesses that at this moment disgrace such a portion of her population, justify but too correctly the most deplorable picture that can be drawn of her either by her friends or her enemies.

But the most prominent feature in her evil destiny is the affected zeal in her cause of a disappointed faction, who sacrifice every consideration to the gratification of their rancour against the existing government, and their hunger for office; and who, either ignorant or heedless of the real state of Ireland, are profligately ingenious in making one out in which it may best suit their own purposes to place her. This faction, bestriding our channel, has one foot in England, the other on the Irish shore. "Under its huge legs" an uninterrupted intercourse of disaffection and discord is carried on between the two countries; and as Ireland is the soil the most fertile in such productions, she is the great supplying country. Irish discontents and Irish grievances are driven across by every westerly gale, to be carefully stored up and brought into market

when every other material for carrying on the trade of opposition has been exhausted, and nothing else remains that can promise to embarrass the government, which the faction labours to subvert.

The persevering malignity with which they have clung to this desperate expedient for storming the cabinet; the gross misrepresentations, setting at defiance the certainty of detection; the perverse industry in first exciting a spirit of discontent among the people and then turning it against the government, with which in prosecuting their nefarious system they have trifled with the interests and the feelings of Ireland, compose one of the blackest pages of the parliamentary history of both countries, from the days of the Volunteers and the Convention of Dungannon, to those of the Popish agitators and the aggregate meetings in the Clarendon Chapel.

We are prepared to find this disappointed faction pursuing the same line of opposition in the ensuing session of parliament. In the general distress that affects every part of the United Kingdom, and the disturbances that have arisen from it, they will find a new and inexhaustible subject of declamation and invective against a no less wicked and corrupt, than ignorant and inefficient cabinet, to which the Prince Regent obstinately persists to confide the government of the country, to their exclusion, But looking to Ireland, they will stand in no need of any new materials to inflame the public mind, or embarrass the government. The old subject remains, into which they will resolve all her distresses, all her grievances, all her discontents; and emancipation and the final removal of all Catholic disqualifications will still be the specific remedy prescribed by them for all the evils, numberless and insupportable as they are, of which she has cause to complain. The same boldness of assumption and dash of assertion, disdaining all support of evidence or authority, to which we have been so long familiarised, statements a thousand times disproved, and arguments a thousand times refuted,-for all this we are prepared, in the prosecution of their unprincipled attempt to deceive and mislead parliament and the British people; to betray them into the most erroneous opinions on a subject in which they are so vitally interested, and to throw a veil over the real views and designs of the leaders of the aggregate and synodical Catholic meetings, now acting together in cordial and indissoluble union.

To prevent the British public, and those members of both houses who have no party or factious views to influence their votes, from being so imposed on and misled, is the object of the present address. I propose to open to them the real source of the evil which they have principally to dread. I propose to convey to them from authenticated documents and established facts, in

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