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Address of the Catholic Soard to the Catholic Population of Ireland . June 526 , 1813 . Beloved fellow countrymen and fellow sufferers * The General Board of the Catholics
of Ireland , to whose care you have confided the conduct of your petitions to the legislature for relief , deems it , proper , at this critical juncture , to lay before you certain considerations seriously interesting to our common security and welfare .
As the depositories of your claims and expectations , * we have been solicitous at all times , and under every discouragement , to justify your confidence by a firm and faithful discharge of our solemn duty towards Ireland : And
; however ardently engaged in soliciting , the restoration of religious freedom , we have never infringed the limits ^ f-the law , or been unmindful ml what is / jdue to the peace and good character of our v country .
Wehave encountered many difficulties , iand much obloquy . These had been foreseen : the farmer we have nearly surmounted ; the latter we hare wholly disregarded . The worst of human passions and vices have been . arrayed
. against us , but with little . effect Monopoly , assuming the mask of icligion , p resented a host of selfish and hypocritical opponents . These have been disv comthed u ith ridicule and reprobation . Religious jealousy , national prejudices , -have been stimulated to a barbarous
. outcry .. against , the freedom of Irish Catholics , These have been permitted to wanton in shameful license ; but they have fallen beneath the pressure of justice and reason . The moment-has arrived when the cause of Catholic 5 freedom ' rests almost
solely upon Catholic firmness , prudence , wiTnrcumspeclion . Our enemiesjaave "Styled in their arttempu to obstruct our ^ petitions , or to stifle the discussion of " Ou * just claims . Worsted in argument , * prostrate before public reprobation » they have resorted to wicked machinations ^ iov traducing our conduct , character ,
aad principles . foi ^ fe * * febricar tious have become tfteif weapons' ot controversy , if Hey have' not been ashamed to invent and to circulate in your name the vilest publications , calculated to delude and impose upon your JProtestaat fellow subjects \ to create jealousy and hatred , and to criminate the Catholics of Ireland , by imputation s
equally false , impudent , and atrociousthese devices have , however , wholly failed , or enjoyed a mere temporary triumph ; they , have been detected and despised . Fellow-country men , a new danger uow impends over ct « r abused country an d a new mode of hostility is develo pe 0 .
Of this we are about to warn you . Qur enej&ues seek to irri g ate our passipns , and to betray usinto J rnpruderit resentments . Restless and ^ esperafe , tjiejr have undertaketi to prqvoke or to seduce the Catholic population to violence , or insurrection . We know ; that local ageht » are hired , and venal emissaries H ^ ve
been sent forji , busy in the work of treachery , pantingv . for the re ^ e ^ a ^ of bloodshed . These miscreants wilt resjprt to yqvr fairs , your <; lui 3 s , anji-ybur public places ; th ^ y . wUVfia . ^^^/^ g ' " selves into your cQXi $ d $ nc $ fyy B counterfeit zeal , by daring language , Ijy aHected warmth , and coacern for your sujfew ^ igs .
They will suggest secret q ^ th ^^ nd tagagements ; pi ^ ose ; / ilie ^ l ; a ^ sbcia , tiQns ; circulate wild jand in > prx ) ba ^ ie rumours of plots and conspiracies f fecorprriepd and predict rash and ruinqus hostilities i Fellow Count rymen ! behol d a deeplaid plot now in actual progress , constructed not merely for defeating Catholic freedom * but for involving our
beloved country in desolation and ruin * Be i | i * w moie ihm ^ yer , vigilantly * a your guard . We e ^ tr /? al and ^ pnjure you ,. as you value youf fajmijies , your county , and ypur VeUg igp ^ tostun the vile instruments of this nifai ; ious policy i to jbeware of 4 icir fatal marps and seductions . . , . '
Hpw , indeed , can the InsicUous f < QC bppc to persuade , us t ^ at the Catholic cause re < j * iu * es aay infraction of the lawe oc apy diftuiban ** pf lhe ^ $ m&
INTEIX . IGE 1 SICB . V
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1814, page 248, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2439/page/48/