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recently put up from the pulpit the rubrical thanksgiving for times of plenty, a law recently passed, making it felony to take an apple from a tree tells the world that our characters and lives are thought nothing worth, or that this nation, once the greatest and most moral in the world, is now a nation of incorrigible thieves; and, in either case, the most impoverished, the most fallen, the most degraded that ever saw the light of the sun.

I have now performed my task. I have made good the positions with which I began. Born and bred a Protestant of the Church of England, having a wife and numerous family professing the same faith, having the remains of most dearly beloved parents lying in a Protestant church-yard and trusting to conjugal or filial piety to place mine by their side, I have in this undertaking had no motive, I can have had no motive but a sincere and disinterested love of truth and justice. It is not for the rich and the powerful of my countrymen that I have spoken, but for the poor, the persecuted, the proscribed. I have not been unmindful of the unpopularity and the prejudice that would attend the enterprise; but when I considered the long, long triumph of calumny over the religion of those to whom we owe all that we possess that is great and renowned; when I was convinced that I could do much toward the counteracting of that calumny; when duty so sacred bade me speak, it would have been baseness to hold my tongue, and baseness superlative would it have been if, having the will as well as the power, I had been restrained by fear of the shafts of falsehood and of folly. To be clear of self-reproach is amongst the greatest of human consolations; and now, amidst all the dreadful perils with which the event that I have treated of has at last surrounded my country, I can, while I pray God to save her from still further devastation and misery, safely say that neither expressly nor tacitly am I guilty of any part of the cause of her ruin.

WILLIAM COBBETT,

Protestant Reformation.

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CONTAINING THE SELECT SPEECHES OF

Daniel O'Connell, Richard Lalor Shiel, John Philpot Curran, Henry Grattan, Edmund Burke, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Charles Phillips, Robert Emmet,

Whiteside, Meagher, McGee.

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