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10 THE R1GBT HONOURABLE THE LORD MAYOR OP DUBLIN.
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WilUaM Coopesl must have read the Star iwxtlen . ' tively , or he would have knoirn thai the conviction by the magistrates of the fellow who burnt his petition-sheet was inserted the same week that he sent it . Uesbt BaJtkik . —We have had quite enough of ike discussion between Mr . O'Brien and Mr . Duncan . Vixdes may be a friend to truth ; but we must take leave to tell him that toe require other evidence of it than reprimand without authority , and denun ' nation without proof . Joh > " FraZER . — We never notice rejected poetry . " rf illiah Atkissos . —His communication is an &d-VCrtiseme 7 ifz . z 6 uf we will wiUinnly insert it on ^
payment of the duty , which is Is . 6 d . SztFTiSLD . —Our space teill be badly occupied in replying to the ravings of Mr . Ibbotson . A Blocs Printer . — We have no room . &s Ou > Democrat . —Mr . Moir lives in the Gallewgaie , Glasgow . R . C . CutBtrsHEES may send whatever communication he may have for Mr . W Connor to that gengentleman direct . The Northern Star is no post' office-Lecturers segijectisg theib appointments . —Mr . John Crowiher , of Lower Moor , Oldham , writes us , in reference to the late disappointment at Siockport , thai the . fault rested not with Aim , but irilh Mr £ lorer , Ashton-under-Lyne . who had some
weeks before , in return for Mr . Crowther's fulfill ing an appointment of his at Motlram , promised to attend as Mr . Crowlher ' s substitute at Stocleport , on Easter Sunday : why Mr . Stwer did not keep his promise Mr . Crowiher does not know . W . H . Dtott , Secretary to the Irish Universal Suf-J rage Association , lias U > gratefully acknowledge the receipt of several Stars , end would be snore particular with regard to some written communications did time and circumstances allow . He begs further assistance as regards the newspapers which are regularly transmitted to the provinces , and are sure to do extensive service to the cause . Direct ' 2 S , North King-street , Dub&n . COhTSKTION Fern— The following monies have been received by Mr . J . Cleave ;—
£ b . d . "Norwich ... ... — ... 4 7 ft Sheffield ... 2 0 0 Hunslet , near Leeds ... ... 0 18 0 Todmorden 4 0 0 Oxford 0 10 8 Bisnepwearcnouta 6 12 0 South Shields 10 0 A Republican , Rochdale ... 0 10 " Tenths , Stockport" 10 0 Salisbury 1 10 0 Ardriey . , Near Barnsley ... 0 10 0 Sbnt ford , naar Baiibniy ... 0 10 0 Bradford , per 1 . Ronsa ... 1 10 0
Coelmxford ... ... ... 0 8 0 Salby 1 0 e Selby Female Society ... ... 0 10 0 Xeighley ... 1 5 t Chartist Meeting , " Waiworth ... 0 7 6 Stoke&ley 10 0 . £ 22 12 6 JJr . "Watkiss . —The conclusion of his sermon is in type but is unavoidaofypostponed till next week . ' S ^ IR . — The address of our Correspondent at Bath is Mr . BartleU , 19 , Gloucester-road Buildings , Swanswick Bath . Wn-i-iA 11 Jones , or thb Merthtr TrDTiL Association . — The letter has been duty received , but the Plates cannot ie sent -until the amount they oice to the ctffux be paid . We hope to hear from them immediately . A FCXL statement of all monies received by Abel Heyirood for those who were injured , and repairing the
Hall of Science , will be given in our nexL \ X Chartist . —The "Child at Home" may be procured of ] Mr . Fox , ttetcs-agent , Bridge-street , Shefield ; Mr . j CrowBier , Pipeon-lane , Rothtrham ; - and Mr . T . 3 . \ Smith , Leeds . Mr . Smith is also the wltotesalc agent i for the sale of Pinder ' sVaeking . \ F&A . NK Mirfield , and our other good Barnsley friends , j have our thanks for their continued appreciation of j honest seeking to deserve approbation . We ihink , ' however , thai they shotfd not be loo hard upon the \ person to whom they al ^ Ttde . Lang and bitter suffer- j ing works heavily upon the mbid . j A . Teetotal Chartist—If you ad up a newspaper i into separate sheets you can only then send through '¦ the Post-office thai part which happens U > hare th $ stamp upon U . \ "I , " vf Bristol , and T . P . GREEN must excuse us : we have not room . j ITeojias KxtLm Baist take alike answer . \
Hessis . Harrison , B&rnsley j Tasker . SKpton ; Storer , Dancaiter ; Pratt , Howden ; Hodson , Retford , -would oblige us by making their post-office orders payable to iir . John Ardill , oar clerk . TTs never supplied any Papers to R . H . C . Cruthas , Kewcastle , and consequently hare mot any account to send him . She Papers of those Agents -who hare not paid their accounts "will "be stopped after this week . J . "Whiddon- —App ' y to the Agent . John Tomlinson , Sctton-in-Ashfield . —Te ? . FOR THE MAS CHESTER SCFFERERS . £ s . a . From a few Deronport frienda ... 0 o 0 ^ a few Friends to Freedom , at Stonrbridge ... 4 3 0
FOR THE CHARTIST CArsE . From Friends , Eregmont , per Adam Keitk ' - 0 5 0 FOB . MRS . PSOST . From the Chartists of Sowerby , near Balifax ... 0 7 0 FOR MRS . JONES AND MRS . ZEPHANIAH ¦ WI LLIAHS . From Mrs . BsdweU , Stonrbridgs ... 0 0 6
TO PATRICK O'HIGGINS , ESQ . Mansion-house , 2 d , April , 1842 . " O'Connell is a knave in political , and a hypocrite in religion . " —Paieick O'Higgixs . Sir , —In replying to your let < ? r I rery properly begin by making you a free present of the above text , whichyou have hitherto so often used without my permission . I now not only forgiye you for your past use of It , but allow you to employ it In future at your uncharitable discretion j and 1 gratuitously
add to this permission a plenary license to abuse , calumniate , and vilify me as often , a 3 loudly , and as Jong as you please . You shall not only have this license , bat my cordial forgiveness beforehand , with theknowled ^ e superinduced that it is my determination never again to reply to any one of your charges . Let those who chose believe you—I consent . Those who know us both , or know either of us , will have no difficulty in deciding without any intervention of mine . Let this b « un . ders- « ad between U 5 .
In the-present controversy thi 3 letter will serve to aid right-thinking persons in coming to a proper judgment , by having the facts of the case before them , stripped of some of the distortions , foreshortenings , inventions , and ludicrous absurdities with which it h ^ " pleased your piety to surround them . Now for the facts . You have called upon me to make reparation for an injustice which yon say I have done yon . That iDJusiiee yen allege to consist in my having signed , and haviog been , as you allege , but b liege untruly , actually engaged in procuring signatures to , a documert which yon hare set forth in yonr letter , and which I think it right to repeat iu this place . It bears date ihe 18 . h of January , 1833 . It involves three disuact propositions . The first is contained in these
words"' We hare heard the charges and such evidence as Mr . Patrick O'Biggins produced , and we are unanimously of opinion that the charges are totally false and calumnious , and we do raobt fully and honourably acquit Mr . John Reynolds thereof . " The second proposition is contained in these words" And it appearing that these charges originated in malice , we recommend Mr . Dwyer to return Mr . O ' -Hi ggins his subscription . " The third proposition is contained in these words" Being of opinion that Mr . O'Higgins ought not any longer to frequent these rooms . " You call npon me for reparation for having signed that document .
You then , strange to say , complain that this document was signed without the institution of any trial—without any investigation of written testimony which you produced . You also accuse me of influencing my sons ,, and other members of the Committee , io sign the document . Why do I dwell upon these drivellinga ? The French call such things " niaiseries . " Why should I then take any trouble with these gross and palpable distortions of the facts ? There were iour-and-twenty gentlemen "who signed that document . I have now before me the original entry in the lave Mr . Edvvard Dwyer's handwriting ; and it appears , by that entry , that no other persons attended that investigation except those four-and-twenty gentlemen . Kot one !
It is a i ' aTcuritc point of yours , that out of this number three were my sons , and one my son-in-law , whon yon say I influenced . Of my SODS I fhiu fe » y nothing . Ii does not become me—except this—that since they came to man ' s estate ( and they "were
at that time : u Parliament , the three of them ) , they have more influenced my conduct than I have done theirs , and I am glad of it . They were present during the entire investigation , and were capable of forming their own judgments . As to your charge of my son-in-law having signed by my influence , I need not say how totally untrue it is . It would be shameful of him if he did so ; and he never has done any thing for which he ought to blush . His name alone is a sufficient defence , When you speak of Christopher Fitzsimon , a man who has this most singular good fortune , that he is esteemed by every body—he is loved by those who agree with him in politics , and he is respected by the most violent of those who differ from him , whilst he is perfectly firm in the assertion and the carrying
out in action of his own opinions , he with courteous cheerfulness allows all others to do the same with respect to their opinions . Influence him to sign a ver-sict without his own judgment being convinced of its truth ! Is it Christooher Fmsmoit ? Why , if it were possible that the angel-wife I have given him should endeavour so to influence him , it would be in vain ! Aye , I fearlessly say it , notwithstanding your paltry taunt , that if ever there lived a model of a Christian gentleman in conduct , character , and feeling , he is that man ! Let me by way of parenthesis remark , that you might as well have confined your Chartist virulence to me alone , and have passed by my sons and son-inlaw in the same silence with the other twenty gentlemen who signed the verdict .
Bnt you make several other odd assertions . You boast that the Hon . Colonel Butler did not sign the verdict . Quite true . It would have been wrong of him had he done so , as he was not one of the gentlemen to whom the case was referred . These were in ali 44—Colonel Butler was not one of them . You also allege that my respected brother-in-law , Mr . Finn , refused to sign it . I do not know that any body asked him to do bo . But I am quite sure of this—that if asked he would have refused , because it appears from Mr . Dwyet ' 8 entries that he wan not present on the 18 th of January , the day of the investigation ; nor even on the 15 ' . b , the day on -which the charges were given in by you . - ¦ - ;• ¦ ¦ ¦ . A similar reason would of course have induced the other persons whom you name , not to sign , as none of them were present npon both days . In short , no persons signed , except those 'who attended the investigation of the 18 th of January .
Yon must really be endowed with great confidence in the effrontery of assertion , when you have the face to assert that the document I signed , stated , " that the committee unanimously agreed to it . " Why , it states no such thing . It does not refer to any committee at all . Even you yeuxself Bet it out as beginning thus , " WE HAVE HEARD THE CHARGES AND SUCH EVIDENCE AS MS . PATK . O'HlfOIN'S PRODUCED , AND WE ABE unanimously OP opinion , ' && , &c It is followed by the signatures of the twenty-four gentlemen who attended the investigation . It does not say ttie commit&u was unwaimoua . But it is idle and foolish to reason with a man who sets forth a document , and then directly contradicts it .
Even in tie number of signatures you were wrong . There were 24 , and not 23 : — Tnree barristers , Counsellor Close , ( who was chairman at the investigation ) , Counsellor Stephen Coppinger , and Counsellor George Kernan ; the late lamented Mr . Lavelle , of the Freeman ' s Journal ; Mr . Laurence Finn , Mr . James Sheridan But why should I continue ? You have them all before you ! But I cannot omit one name more—as pure a spirit as ever breathed—my respected friend , General Clooney . Yon next call upon me to make a public reparation to you ; because , as you allege , " I ftnotc that the resolution to which I affixed my name sets forth upon the face of it that which I know to be untrue . "
If your premises were true , your conclusion would be irresistible . I would be bound to make you reparation ; and I would make it to you most publicly , and most cheerfully ; but I know no such thing as you allege . I do net believe any such thiDg . I believe every word in that resolution to be perfectly true . I am quite sure it was called for by all that appeared before us in evidence ; and if such circumstances again occurred one thousand times over , 1 would sign that resolution as often . But what were the circumstances ? These you keep back . These you carefully cushion . You pive the verdict , but you don't condescend to explain what may be technically called the pleadings and proceedings , and which can be more familiarly denominated , the circumstances that created the necessity of a verdict . You thus raistify the matter , and prevent the public from seeing on the face of your own letter faow glaringly absurd your calumny is .
I will , however , put the matter beyond a doubt . I will state the circumstances as briefly as possible . The facts were these : — First—An association , called " The Volunteers of Ireland , " -was formed on the 3 rd of January , 1833 You and Mt . John Reynolds , with many others , became members of it Mr . Reynolds was shortly after named a member of the standing committee . You ¦ were not . Secondly—Immediately afterwards you commenced a career of insinuation of the grossest and most debasing criminality agaiuBt one of the members of that committee , whom you did not then name ; but you gave strong grounds tor ta « covjtciuK tbat you meant Reynolds .
Thirdly—You cannot probably forget , though you may be ready to deny the fact , that I endeavoured to induce you to abandon that line of conduct . I begged of you not to introduce personal quarrelB into our proceedings . You , however , persevered , and rather augmented the viruleDce of sour insinuations than otherwise . Fourthly—The gentlemen forming the committee felt themselves obliged to call upon you to explain who it was that you meant , and to state what were your charges . Fifthly—You wrote two equivocal letters , alleging that yen could prove gross criminality in a member of the committee , rendering him unfit to be associated udth —but still declining to name him , lest , as you said , you should subject yourself to legal proceedings .
Sixthly—It having been rumoured and tolerably well known that you alluded to Mr . John Reynolds , he ( Reynolds ) came forward and declared that ha would not take any legal proceedings whatsoever against you , bat would submit your charges to the investigation of any of the members of the association . Seventhly—You therefore persevered ; and on the ljth of January produced no less than ten distinct charges against Reynolds . It was agreed on that the matter should be investigated by Buch members of the standing committee , unconnected with either party , as should attend . The three principal charges -were these : — You charged Reynolds with being a public liar in a matter relating to the Trade ' s Union . You charged him "with having committed gross and corrupt ptrjury in the case of a person called James Abern , of Charlevilie .
You charged him with having committed subornation of perjury in the same case . You "will admit at once that charges of moTe atrocious criminality could not possifely be wads by one man against another . A public liar ! a groFs and wilful perjurer ! a vile suborner of perjury ! If true , Reynolds "would have been ruined—and deservedly—for ever ' . If Vnie , he would be a beggar ; for his station in life depended altogether upon his character . Reynolds would have been a disgraced pauper . His wife and children would have been beggars , or starved . Such weTe the charges you repeatedly insinuated ; and which you ended by directly , and with full premt ditation , charging against Reynolds .
The investigation took place on tbe 18 th of January . Twenty-four members of the committee attended . If you had succeeded in establishing your charge ; if you bad even made out a probable case against Reynolds ; nay . if you had made out such a case as t j ihe unhappy malignity of human nature would have even created a doubt of his guilt , ht ) was ruined for ever . Mr . Reynolds has since then brouubt « p in respectability a flue family . He has he'd a situation of gTeat trust wita l : irge t-molunients for ytrars in a public establishment . And when , from motives ot economy , bia offices was suppressed hs got from that public body a large sum by way of compensation fer his services ; an > i a most flattering testimonia t « his character and conduct ; and be is now more confidentially encaged in forming another establishment of great prospective utility . lir Patrick if
What weuld h » have been , O'Htggi ' ns . you had succeeded in biasing his character ? What would he have been , if you had even been able to create a miserable suspicion of his guilt ? Are you become at length bo sensitive about yourself , that you totally forget the envenomed stab you made at aDothtr ? Recollect that you volunteered the accusation—that you persevered in spite of every friendly admonition in bringing forward your charges R > : ci > llfect that you deliberately and with the fullest premeditation produced those charges . Recollect also that you had no pecuniary interest , nor any manner of property to be affVcted by establishing those charges . You would not be one shilling the richer if you established them . He would have been a wretched pauper . You would have been in nothing tbe better , save in the gratification of your personal malignity . ¦ ... .
_ _ fiie investigation toet place on the 18 th of January , 1 & 23 . You produced , and we examined two witnesses in support of the charge—yourself and another . And though you now insinuate the contrary , you produced your vouchers , a ^ d we read them and considered them . Let me tell you that this fact appears on the face of Mr . Dwyer ' s book , in bis own handwriting . We were ready , and we offered , to hear any other witness , and to consider aDy i ther documents that you could produee . We fully considered the entire case ; ana there "was not the leaBt doubt upon the mind of any one of the twenty-four gentlemen , that the charges you brought were totally false and calumnious . We , accordingly , folly and honourably acquitted Mr . Reynolds . ¦ ' ¦
And what else could we do ? Yet , here are you requiring ef me , byway of " reparation" to you , to reverse this verdict of acquittal pronounced by me and twanty-tbree others , aiae years ago . ' If I am to do that , pray what is to become of Mr . Reynolds ? Am I te deprive Mm of the benefit of Ihe judgment pronounced
nine years ago in hU favour , and sanctioned andratifled by the entire public , amongst whom he has since lived as a gentleman , instead of being scouted ( as you - ' would have had him ) as a shameless Max andla profligate perjurer ? ; . .. ¦ ¦ .. ¦ , ' ¦ ' . . ' - - •¦; ¦ "' . ; •; - : " . ¦ . Shame npon you fO shame t Yet you coma out upon me with an air of injured innocence , forsooth ! And yon complain of me for having concurred in stating that your conduct on that occasion was malicious : Now , I ask you , iu the name of common sense , what other motives , save malice , could have possibly actuated yon ? You had no lucrative gain to stimulate you ; You had no money profit to obtain by blackening Reynolds . You had no office , no employment , no emolument to acquire by ruining the man . There is one thing q \* ite certain—that ; whether your charges were true or false , hatred , malice , and ill-will were your only motives for bringing them forwar 4 ; for , 1 repeat , you had no other earthly motive ^
Yet you come out with ypiir air .-of injured innocence to ask from me a double reparation . First , you want me to retract my abare of a verdict of acquittal in fivour of Mr Reynolds . That I utterly refuse . I should be very criminal , and , if possible , more absurd than criminal , if I did , not refuse ! Secondly , yc » want me to retract that part of the verdict which declared that you were actuated fey malice in making and prostrating the charges against Mr . Reynolds . In this respect I really would grant if
your request I possibly could . Enable me to do so , and I will—readily and cheerfully . Hell me what other motive than rancour and hatred to the man did . or possibly could , actuate yon . Show me that you had anything to gain , any interest to promote by dishonouring and disuniting John Reynolds , and I will jetract my share of the verdict convicting you of malicious motives , aDd I will insert in its stead such other motives : as you yourself reasonably desire to substitute . Nothing , surely , can be more fair or reason able !
only remains the third point ; the opinion was announced that you ought to be excluded from tho Corn Exchange rooms . It was unnecessary to go so far . You yourselr wonld , after the honourable » cauittal ef Mr . Reynolds , have , I presume , deemed it prudent to refrain from frequenting these roenis . It happened , however , that after my departure for London , the matter was taken up by the Association , and on the 19 th of February , whilst I was , as I recollect , fighting the Coercion Bill , and certainly whilst I was in London , your expulsion was moved by the Rev Dr . Groves , D . D .. a Protestant clergyman , and seconded by the Very Rev . Mr . L'Estrarigd , a Catholic clergyman , and carried on a division by a majority ; of 56 to 23 . I need not describe what these clergymen were who thus acted against you whilst the matter was fresh , and all the circumstances known to every body . ' - . "• ' " ¦ : / : - ] ;/ :: ¦) "¦¦ ¦ ' ¦ ¦ ¦
After this , let me mournfully ask you , of what avail would any retraction of mine be , under theBe circumstances ? ' .. ' .. ¦ ¦ . , ¦' ¦ ' ¦ '" .. ' ; . ' : ' ¦ ¦ ' . .- .. '' . ' But the truth is , you do not desire any retraction . All yon want is an excuse to vilify me to the Chartists It isan attempt to delude those poor people , especially in England , by endeavouring to make oat that you ate an innocent suffering man , injured by me ; and therefore only exercising natural reveDge when you calumniate and vilify me in all possible ways as you have hitherto done , and as you are heartily welcome to do in future to the utmost extent of your every faculty .
Two observations more , and our correspondence ends on my part for ever . The first is ^ - —that you do not state any reason whatsoever why I should have been inimical to you UDon that investigation , or what motive I could have to injure or do you any wrong . Reynolds was no friend of mine . You and J were upon better terms . I had been your counsel , and I believe your successful counsel . And what is ludicrous enough , is , that one of your charges against Reynolds—it was the second—was for calling men together " to put down OConiiell and to put pp one of the Mahon family . " So strangely does folly mix with malignity in all you do !
My second observation is—that it is quite impossible that any but the greatest dolt and driveller imaginable could believe that I had atrociously injured you witb . youi full knowledge in January , 1833 . There are to be sure many stupid blockheads among the Chartists ; but it is haTd to think thai any of them who read your letter could possibly believe you . Let them look only at your dates . You actually boast of yeur friendly services to me in the year . 1835 . You exaggerate the value of those services , but you
boast they were most friendly , and I admit that they were as useful as you make them . You would fcaTQ been of more use if it were in yourpoor power . You also actually boast that you were my benefactor in November 1833 , and in 1834 . Can human credulity go so far as to believe that I had atrociously injured you in January , 1833 , in your presence , and with your full knowledge ; yet that you were my benefactor , in November , 1833 , again in 18 , 3-1 , and again , my active , friendly , and disinterested , though , not very serviceable , agent at the election of 183 S ?
But the climax is not capped yet- Your enmity to me—your malignity to me—your frequently calling me " a knave in , politics and a hypocrite inreligion , ' were not oceasioned by the alleged injury I inflicted on you in January , 1833 . But—I must use my own wordsit all arose by reason of my turning Whig and Banker at one and at thesame time ¦ . 'J 7 Why , Mr . Patrick O'Higgins . there is ludicrous insanity mixed with your melancholy malignity ! I cannot omit one more fact I published to the world that I became what ypu call a " banker" in June , 1834 ; and the election in 1835 , at Which yoa gave me some friendly assistance , was one for the express purpose of turning out the Tories whom the King bad brought back to power and re-instating the Whigs ! I Tbe proverb truly saith— " A lie stands upon one leg , " Aye , Mr . Patrick O'Higgins—however ludicrous a lie may be , it stands but upon one leg ! Farewell—I kiss your hands 1 Daniel 0 'Connei . i ..
appears by that entry that no persons attended that investigation except those four-and-twehty-gentlemen ; no—not on © . '" . ' Now here againj on this single fact , I am ready to rest the case o ( veracity at issue between you and me . Surely , yon cannot forget that you solicited several gentlemen to si ^ n that document who refused to ; 8 igjQi'it . ' . ' - '' 'l 8 ' it-pioB 8 ib . le .-th ' at . you forget the names of the gentlemen who refused to vote with you on the occasion , and \? hpi left the room tinder the impression that the matter would end there I With all your power , and all your influence , you could get but twenty-three to sign that document ; and who are they ? I left it to you to name them , and you have named but seven . Are you ashamed of
the rest of them ! What have you done with the sixteen ? Wha are they ! What was their occupation then 1 What has become of them since J These are questions which you are bound to answer . In your anxiety to make those whom you did not name appear even above thtir rank in society , you have transformed Mr . George Kernani the attorney , into a Counsellor Kernan . However , Sir , I am greatly indebted to you for mentioning the name of my respected iand lamented friend , Mr . . Patrick LaveUe , of the Freeman's Journal , and I still hope , Sir , that you will yet follow the example ' of Mr . LaveJle . Shortly after his return from Italy , he invited me to his editorial room , and there , in the presenue ef Mr . Mplony , Mr ;
Prendergast , and another gentleman , said he wished to speak to me in the presence of those gentlemen ; that the fact of his having affixed his name to the sentence which was . passed upon me by those who signed it had preyed upon his mind , and that he had long wished to explain to me how he was influenced to sign it , and to apologise to me , and to ask my forgiveness for hamig joined in such a sentence against me . Those who were present recollect that the very reasons which yoa assign in your letter of the 2 nd instant for throwing the shield of your protection around your client , were the same which you made use of in order to induce Mr . Lavelle to sign that dooument , that is to say" What would become of him if you did not protect him . " And he said that you also urged it as a
reason why he should sign it , that the committee was a private one , and that the signatures to the document would have the effect of preventing me from proceeding further in the matter : that it could do me no harm , aa there was no charge of any kind against mo , and unless I was stopped I would ruin the other . After this explanation , whioh is not half so ample as Mr . Lavelle made it , he , in the presence of those gentlemen , asked me to forgive him , and reached out his hand to me . I did forgive him most heartily , when , he said it } took a load off his mind . I suppose , Sir , you will now say that I had just reason to be thankful to yoa for having mentioned Mr . L&velle ' s name . Who is it that trill read this but will admit he acted the part of a true Christian and a gentleman 1
It v ? otim occupy too much space k > follow you through every pare of your long letter , and to refute it paragraph by paragraph , what I mi ^ rht very easily do ; but I shall content myself for the present by taking a leaf out of your own rules of evidence . That rule is , that if a witness break down in auy essential part , the whole of his evidence goes for nothing . I quote your own words , and beg your particular attention to them . They are— "You cannot probably forget , though you may be ready te deny , the fact , that I endeavoured to induce you to abandon that line of conduct . I begged of you not to introduce personal quarrels into our prdceeding 8 . You , however ^ peraevered , and rather augmented the virulence of your insinuations than otherwise . "
lcis v * ry Btranye , indeed , that with the record of the proceedings before you , aa you have stated , that such a paragraph as the foregoing should be given to the wflirld under the sanction of your high name . How stands the fact ? Why , the very day after I had stated that I had an . objection to be a member of the same committee with a person , whose conduct I could not approve , and constituted , as it was , with power to try and decide upon the character of any man against whom an objection was made by any member , I was served with a copy of a resolution , which the committee adopted the very next- day , the 11 th of January , requiring me to state the charges " forthwith in writing to the secretary , '' and on the 12 ch I wrote a letter to the committee , of which the
following is an extract : — " That I will not state in writing , through the secretary , any charges whatosever against any man , until such time as a tribunal is appointed against which there can be no personal objection , and to whom all charges shall be submitted , in accordance with the ruVes of the society ; and , moreover , before I undertake to bring a charge against any man , it is necessary and right that my own name should be posted up in the committeeroom for a week , and the public invited to bring any charge , political or otherwise , against my own character , and if it bo found at the end of a week , that there is no charge against me , I shall then , and not till then , consider myself bound to comply with your resolution . "
Well , what was the answer to this proposition It is scarcely credible . The very next day , the 13 th of January , John O'Cbnnell , Esq ., M . P ., ia the Chair , the following resolutions , with three others , were all drawn up in the handwriting of Daniel O'Cpnnell himself : — "Resolved unanimously—That the Secretary do write to Mr . O'Higgins , to inform him that his letter is considered in . t ' . ie highest degree unsatis-Factipry . . ' . " That Mr . O'Higgins be also informed that he ia required to follow up his indistinct and general charges , which , if he should decline to do , it will then become the Committee to wipe off a stain which , in such event , cannot be too indignantly repelled ^ ¦ This i 3 the way you " endeavoured to induce me
to abandon the charges , " and not " to introduce personal quarrels into yeur proceedings . " I hope , for your own sake , that you forgot that those documents were in existence when yon wrote your letter . How could you say , with those resolutions before you , " that I persevered , in spite of evevj friendly admonition , in bringing forward Ihe charges I " Noj no ; I am sure you overlooked this part of the proceedings . You acquit me ( and I am obliged to you ) of being actuated by any selfish motive—any motive of gain , throughout the whole of this affair ; your own words are , " You had no lucrative gain to stimulate you ; you had no money profit to obtain . You had no office , no employment , no emolument , to ac < juir < 3 by ruining theman . " Nojv , t ) iisisall strictly true . But be pleased to recollect , to bear in mind , what you are pleased to call the pleadinge .
You should recollect—1 st . That when you suddenly changed the National Political Union into that of the Irish Volunteers , one of the reasons you assigned for the change was , that in the then crisis of affairs it became your imperative duty to form a eocieiy of such a nature as to prevent the possibility of any person whatever , of even doubtful character , becoming a member of it . And one of the rules drawn up by your own hand was to the effect , " That any member to be proposed for admission
should have his name entered by the secretary , Mr . Edward Dwyer , in a book kept for that purpose , for one week belore such member should be proposed , and in the event of any member objecting to the parson to be proposed at the open meeting , such objection should go before the standing committee , to ba three investigated ; and should any difference of opinion aris = e as to whether the person objected to should be admitted or rejected , the committee should at once proceed " $ n a ballot , and that one black bean in i ' our should exclude him . " .
Now , mind this was all to be done privately , and by ballot , and other resolutions stated that the man was no patriot who should wilfully and knowingly allow any person to become a member of the Irish Volunteers against whom he had an objection , without submitting such objection to iho decision of the
committee . This resolution ,. ! trust , will in itself explain to the satiBtaciion Of every honest and well-thinkingman , the motives which influencea me to object to the individual in questioa . My objection toi him went no further ( and it was so stated in a letter of mine to the committee on the subject ) than that of hiai'being a member of a committee which assumed the right and : the power to hit in judgment on the characters of other . men . I do now most solemnly declare that I did , in the first instance , conceive myself morally bound to state my objections , and that I
never would have goae on with them had I thought that they would have become public , and had 1 not beeu forced to go oil by the resolutions of the Cbmmittee , which resolutions I showed to the Hon . Coionel 'Butler , and William Francis Finn , on the 15 th of January , when they Were both kind enough to offir me their ass ^ lmco to quash the proceedings ; but who , on seeing the resolutions which I have already quoted , deemed it useless to interfere in the matter . I have ne doubt but these two honourable gentlemen will bear testimony at any time to the fact I have just stited .
Permit me here to remind yon , Sir , that the renewal of this subject rests entirely with yourself ; that in a speech of yours in August last , which was not provoked by any act or word of mine , you said that "J bated you , and that I ought to hate you , for it waa you who procured my expulsion from the society of the Irish Volunteers ^ for conduct unbecoming a patriot , a gentleman , or a Christian . " Now ; Sir , let me ask you was there * tiy reason under heaven for this attack upon mo , except my having refused to vote for you at the last election , unless
you Would sigh a pledge that you would support no adminiatratiort but one that would give its official advocacy to iJniversal Suffrage , Vote by Ballot , Annual Parliaments , Equal ^ Eleciorial Districts , the Abolition of the Property Qualification , and the Payment of Members V It-was my demanding this pledge that excited your ire . Had you signed it I would have voted for you J afl < i to Bttovr that I want no " excuse to viilily you to the Chartists of England , 'I now pledge myself to vote for you yott jp . y « me the totegoing pledge in writing , You
mistake if you think that people forget public proceedings as soon as they used to do . Every one who has seen your letter will recollect that I demanded this pledge in July last , and that you attacked me BoonafW . ¦" . ¦¦ ' ¦ ¦' . " ^ ¦¦ ¦¦¦ . ' - ¦ . ' ¦ " - ¦ " ¦ ' , ' , 2 d . That the reported proceedings , in . ¦ alMhe Dublin morning papers of the 4 th-of January , J 8 o 3 , which are worth reading even at this distance of time , will fully explain the real object of the etriiigent resolutions to which 'I ' have already adverted . I , though a member of the committee from its forma tion till the 11 th of January , thb day of the date of my letter requesting to have my name posted up in the room for a weeki agreeable to the rules , before I would state charges in writing against any man , was wholly , * and altogether ignbratit of the secret motives which led to the adoption of this
objectionable resolution—a resolution which , when its evil tendency was discovered and admitted , was then rescindedj but not till long after the publicity of tba circumstances which gave rise to the procf edings , in which I have , I must say , borne a very unenviable part . There Was no malignity in my act : there was neither malice ; envy ; hatred , or ill-will in it . There was greaV folly in my supposing , evt-n for a momentj that any political-society , could be formed in strict accordance with the term 9 of the resolution . There was folly also in my being dnped into the belkf that the / .-committee' had either the power or the will to summon and examine evidence on oath , or even to imagine for a moment that it was their intention to abide by their own rules . . If it were right or just to expel a iman for credulity jand implicit reliance on the integrity and honour of some public men , no man deserved expulsion more than ¦ ¦ ¦
I did . ¦ : ' - . ¦ ¦•¦ . ¦' .: ¦ ¦ ¦ ¦¦ : ¦ . ¦ . ¦ : •¦ .. : ; ¦ .:. ¦ . ; :. ¦ . I bad the folly to believe that mankind generally , bnt particularly the members of the Irish Volunteer Society , required only to be told that they were acting wrongfully in any thing in order to make them act rightly .: I did not know that Mr . O'Connell waa counsel for Mr . Steele when I mentioned to him the real state of the case of Wigly , I ) ixon , Steele , and O'Grorman Mahon . I was- wholly unacquainted with O'Gorman Mahon at the time , and have bad little acquaintance with him since ; but I knew tho facts of that case well , and I thought it my duty to mention them to Mr . O'Connell , little conceiving at the time that I Bhould be looked upon for so doing aa the partizan of O'Gorman Mahon . In addition to
this I objected altogether to the appropriation of th&fund . tor certain tithemartyrs , ; t 3 any other pdrposes than those for which it was subscribed . Per > haps it may be necessary to remind Mr . O'Connell that 1 and another gentleman had ah interview with him upon this subject at hia own house on the 14 th of January , and that we mentioned to him that Mr , David Lynch , the trea « iurer , concurred with us in opinion , and that Mr . O'Connell made an appointment to meet us upon the same subject the next day , the 15 th , at the entrance to the Court of Chancery , and subsequently at the meeting at the Royal Exchange , where he did not scruple to tell ine that I should be sorry for my obstinacy upon this subject . It it riffht also to remind Mr . O'Connell that I had
repeatedly applied to the committee of the National Political Union , between the 20 th Deo . v 1832 , and the 5 th January , 1833 , for the re-payment of the £ 100 , which was advanced bythe late Mr ; Ruthven , at the close of the city election , but which £ 100 was applied to the county election for the purpose of returning the ! Repeal candidate . That this £ 100 never was refunded , t hough the order for it wag duly signed by the Finance Committee , one of whom was General Clooney himself ; that this £ 100 never was repaid , and that the order for the payment of it is still in my possession , drawn in the usual terms inwhioh suob orders were drawn , and signed by the proper number of members to assure its payment . The : excuse for not paying it at the time , was that
there were , no funds ia hand belonging to th © National Political Union , and that : the Volunteer Association could not pay the debts of the defunct society . Now , Sir , would it not bo just for some Of those pure spirited , high-minded gentlemen , who beriefitted by the advance of this £ \ w , and who are very well off now , to pay it to Mr . Ruthven ' s heir , who . perhaps , may be in want of it at presents I shall give up the order to any of the parties who pays me the money , and you may depend upon it that I shall hand it over to the man who is entitled to it , and shall most cheerfully publish his receipt for the money , You asked me . Sir , to etate , or rather accused me for not Btating , my reason why you should hi inimical to me upon the investigation ? I stated before that your hating taken part against me might have arisen from your naturar disposition to throw the shield of your protection round those
who . wereundeir prosecution . You answer thia yourself by saying that the man would have been ruined had you not acted as you did . I now fully admit and declare that I know of no other reasons why you should have turned round upon me than those I have stated . You have said , and said truly , that vou were my suecessful counsel upon one occasion . You were my successful counsel , and obtained for me a verdict for £ 200 ; but I am sure you did not know that your friend , the attorney , who is the relative of him whose cause you espouse , never paid me the money , but took the benefit of the Insolvent Debtors' Act . I am stir © you forgot , too , that you were counsel in the case of ParreJly against Reynold ? , prior to your having been my successful counsel , and you read your brief , and you know the witnesses who sustained that case . ,
I have but a few words more to add to thia letter , already t ? o long , and exceedingly painful tome , and these are , thai in a letter dated the 23 rd of January , just five days after you had pronounced sentence on me , and twenty-one days before that sentence was brought before the . public , with all the pomp and circumstance attendant on the expulsion , on the 12 th Of February , in that letter which was addressed to the Chairman of the standing Committee , and read and answered by the reRolution of that Committee , I offered the following terms ^ whiob . were rejected : — " lst .- ^ -That your friend should name six gentlemen unacquainted with the case at issue ; that those six should not include a lawyer , attorney , or relative . ' * 2 nd . —That I should name six others upon the same terms .
" 3 rd . —That Chese chosen twelve should aofc under a deed of submission , which should be made a rule of court , as in Mr . Lawless ' s caso , with full power to summon witnesses , and examine them upon oath . " 4 th . —That I should } iu the event of a verdict being against me , pay all the costs and expenses , as well as the cost of infertihg the verdict in all the Dublin papers , if my opponent required it . " Tflis fair , reasoaable , and equitable , proposition was , refused . However , had I then known as much of the world as I have learned since , I would not have gone on even if these terms had been fully conceded to me . ¦ IjC is impossible to overlook that species of rhetoricaV artifice to which some great and powerful advocates haV 8 recourse , for the purpose of leading the public away from the real q-iestion at issue ,
Instead of ¦ calling ia questiop . the authenticity of the names which are published in my letter of the 24 th ultimo , and upon which the trutli or fa . lsehood of the whole case depends , job leave that part whole and entice . There it stands ; and : untit you prove that those names are not genuine "' . but forgeries , you fail in proving that I brought false charges . The case does not depend for its truth or falsehood either upon your veracity or upon mino , but upon the evidence which I have adduced , and which you do not evtn condescend to advert to , much less to impeach . ' ¦¦;' ¦ ¦ ¦¦" What would ^ you , or what would any man , say of the judge who would overlook all the evidence , and , iu his charge to the jury , tell that jury that their verdict should ba zireu in accordance with the statement of the defendant ' s counsel ! Here are your own
worda" Let those who choose believe yon ^ I consent . Those Who know ' . us both , or know either of U 3 , will have no difficulty in deciding without any intervention of mine . " Now , in the name of common sense , what has this to do w | th the que 3 tion 1 I have now , in conclusion , merely to add that I did not see the difficulty iu which my demand for reparation had placed yoa , until Monday , the 4 th instant , when > gentleman , whom I had consulted upon the propriety of publiehinR the letter at all , pointed out that difficulty to me , when I at once made up my mind not to publish it . : Wishing , most sincerely , to see you once more the pledged opponent of any ministry but . one that will give its official advocacy to Universal Suffrage , Vote by Ballot , Annual Parliaments , Equal Electoral Districts , Abolition of the Property Qualification , and Payment of Members ,
I am , Sir , with as much respect for your pubho services as any man can feel , Patrick O'Hig « ins . No . 14 , North Anne-street , April £ 1842 .
. " ' ¦ ' DEATHS . ¦ -. ' ... . ' ... '¦ . : ¦ ; :-- } - . ' ' . ' . On Sunday last , aged 50 , much respeoted H JII 4 jr ^ William Whitaker , of the BntiahMoMO ^ Mftt ^ of the Harewood Arms , Leeds , ff *??*^** Li \ \ ' S % i& "" ^ On Sunday last , at Gristhwait ^ T&tf ^ SrBHc ^ & ^ V Andrew Rob , aged 34 . / ^ Moi-& § pw On Sunday morning last , smfg ^^ Sl ^ P ^^ t ^ gA after a protracted illness , t hl ^^ iSw ^ &roSipSK ^ l Primitive Methodist MiuiBter , tt »|^ jhiu ^^ M ? l
10 The R1gbt Honourable The Lord Mayor Op Dublin.
10 THE R 1 GBT HONOURABLE THE LORD MAYOR OP DUBLIN .
NT Iokd , —Only a few weeks have passed Bince I yns amused by the happy intelligence " that your Lordihip vraj decidedly & Chartist , * ' and that nothing short or " Universal Suffrage" "Would satisfy yen i * behalf or yoar suffering fellow-countrymen . JIany persons -were bo certain or the honesty of your declarations , that I have been requested " to be more kind , and less Eevtre , in my addresses to your Lordship in future . " >' uw , my Lord , -whatever othe s may think , I do most charitibly assure yon , I look -with caationto every xasssure vrbith . emanates from the source of ¦ which jotu tor ^ iship is the head , and -vfMc 3 a holds its consols at the C rn Exchanse .
It ib -sr . TT certain that your Lordship ' s cry for Universal SnSra ^ e was not the bold and intrepid cry of a pi . trki and the leader of a suffering nation ; but the puny half-expiring ¦ whimper of a defeated faction , -who Would fain be thought the friends of the people , bnt ¦ who have not tbe honesty , er the courage , to agitate for a fun iaA unqualified maisure t-f juitice , withont any compromise -whattver . "VThtn a man is ilike your Lordship ; in possession of paranitiuns inflttence , and wben it is known that that
ilSbcecb is , upon occasions , directed toward * tie fur Ihtrasce of your own views , and the subversion of every measure "which happens to be at variance -with your policy ; -srfaen -we find this lcSuence Seeping in sarJKAion and a-wixig irto CiDtcmptiWe servility the Bponteia of jour party , we cannot help holding yonr Lorcdiip responsible for tbe political acts of your creatures , sad at the same time despise the efforts of tbe masttr scd the man—ihe demagogue and the slave , who "Would , reckless # f principle or patriotism 3 still endea-Tonr to keep the people in misery .
Yonr Lortiihip is aware that your creatures of tbe Corn Exchange dare not stir an inch , or move a resolution , contrary to jour vrishes , under pain of denounce ment . Then how comes ii that the brave Tom Steele is to be fuDEd in the " Coifsrence of Joseph Smrge , " heading atase on " O ' Connor , and the mad Chartists of England ttLo follow him , " and stamping bimfelf with fet character of a . ninny , and an animal Tery like "wiiat ia lretoiii tiiey eaij a -Q a _ g j Tbe answer js a plion one . He either has been sent
at the fcipen&e oi tbe Irish people , or he has obtained or hopes to obtain a place on the Sturge pension list . To vhe fonKtr , I only eay to the Irish , tbeii money Eiicht bfe bttier txpended xhku by paying an agent to Buppon a Whig mfcasure , and for al-using their odIj Certain reanfedy fur political evils—the People ' s Chruter ; acd if the ihUcr , it only siUgurs that , either the funds of the Com Exchange are a ' discount , and poor Tom Js obliged to s * -tk another maiktt for hi 3 genius , or that yeur Lord > tip prefers ai-y suffrage to a full , fair , and straightforward one like the Cbirtists .
It would he wiser , my Lord , to jidopi the People ' s Charter without any compromise ; fur be assured neilha the pdicy oi Sturge , cor ihe oratory of Tom Sted& will ever be tbe meanB cf benefiting tbe people , or alttrlEg the present systtm ; acd much as the TVMgs shtffle and quibble abt » t detail , tbty 'will in the e&d htve to come to the people , and , -what is more , to be honest with the people ; and although your Lordthip msy not relish the prophecy , I nevertheless beg to infoim jou , my Lord , that jcu will ere long be compelled to become & Ch&rtist ia uame and principle , ot forfeit your pc i uiarity . As foi poor Tem StteL 1 have little fear for him ; for , as soon as votxr Lordship becomes a
Cbarttsi , he will become one too . 1 wonld , howevtr , request year Lordship to order " Dear Ray" to recal him ; it is really a pity to let him go at large . He is Either " da ! t" or politically iuad , to think himself wiser than the millions of honest men wfco dtclare " that the Charter as it is , is tie only remeay for testing evils . " l > 0 , my Lord , have him brought back , and sent t « * Swifts" until a " lunar chaDge" is effected in him , * Bd let his keeper be chosen from amongst the mem i « sa of the Irish rniversal iuffrage Association , who ^ 21 , 1 have no doubt , administer proper treatment to r « tify Mb reason , and cool his head . I tsve the honour to be , My lord , -Tour Lordship ' s most obtdient servant , W . K Clifiok .
On Tuesday last , at the parish charch , Halifax , Sir . Ely RothwellV of Stainland , to Miss Martha Snowden , of the Rose and Crown Inn , Halifax . On Sunday last , at the parish of St . Mariija-le-Grand , Goney ^ street , in York , by the Rev > Dersei Eellowes , Mr . ; Georse RobinsonDonkiu , of Eleverley , draper , to Anne , second daughter of Mr . Pole , ooinbmanufactarer , of Yorki ;
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TO DANIEL O'CONNELL , LORD MAYOR OF DUBLIN , &c . &c . Dublin , March 24 , 1842 . Sis , —I have now for more than nine years suffered in fortune , in reputation , and in feeling from a wrong infltoted on me by you . On the 18 ; h day of Jannary , 1833 , yon were a party to the passing of the following resolution in the committee of the Irish Volunteers : — "We have heard the charges and such evidence as , Mr . Patrick O'Higgins produced , and we are unanimously of opinion that the charges are totallv false an ( Tcalumnious , and we do most fully and honourably acquit Mr . John Reynolds thereof ; and , it appearing that these charges originated in malice , we recommend Mr . Dwyer to return Mr . O'Hieeins his subscription , being of opinion that Mr . O'Higgins ought not any longer to frequent ! these rooms . "
This reso ]» i ? on bears your signature , as well as the signatures of three of your sons , and of yoar soam-Jaw , and every member of the committee whom you could influe » ce to sign it . It condemns me before the whole world of having sought to destroy the character of an innocent man by charges known to me to be false , and preferred from maVice , and this horrible sentence , bearing your signature , and the signatures of your three sons on the face of it , bears alBo on the face of it the proof that this sentence of infamy waa passed upon me by you without your
apprising me that any charge was to be preferred against me—without your instituting any trialwithout your affording me the slightest opportunity of defence ^—and without any investigation of the written testimony which 1 produced , and upon which the charges against Mr . John Reynolds were founded .. There is do man who reads this resolution who believes it te be just , and who has any sense of virtue in bis own bosom , who mast not regard me as one of the most abandoned villains npon earth ; and it is by you that I stand so branded before my countrymen .
It was on the 8 th of May , 1835 , I first thought the blame of jour not doing me justice rested upon myself ; "for , oa the previous day , in a speech of yours at tbe Corn-Exchange , relating to the transaction in whioh Mr . Morgan O'Connell was engaged with Lord Alvanley , you were reported to have said" I never injured any man to whom I was not perfectly ready to make reparation to the fullest extent in my power , i he required it . " I never required you to make reparation to me tillthen . ^ I did so then in a letter , of which the present one is nearly a copy ; I did so by the advice of a friend of mine who read your speech , and by the advice of a Catholic clergyman , a personal friend
, olyour own . All 1 asked then was , that you should remove an unjust stigma from me as publicly as you had fixed it npon me . I sent you a copy of that letter at every Easter since , in the hope that your conscience wonld move you to name it to your confessor , because I knew that your confessor should tell you that no political expediency could ja 6 tify this fonl calumny upon me . I knew that be wonld tell yon that you were bound by all the laws of the church to make reparation to me . And finding that those private letters had no effect , I now call upon you pnblicly to make reparation to me before you presume again to approach the Holy Communion ; because you know that that resolution , to
which you have affixed your name , sets forth upon the face of it that which yon know to be untrue . 'It states that the committee unanimously agreed to it , whereas you know that you could get but twenty-three to sign it . The very man who brought forward the motion for the inquiry refused to sign it . Your own brother-in-lawj Mr . Finn , to his credit , refused to sign it . The late Mr . John Redmond would not sign it . The Hon . Colonel Butler did not sign it . Neither did Messrs . Barrett or Staunton , nor Messrs . Dol&u , O'Dwyer , M'Longhlin , Doyle , Cavendish , and others , in all twenty-eight . You led the world to believe that the committee were unanimous . You have certified
the charges to have been malicious , false , and calumnious , while you know full well that their truth , or falsehood depended entirely on the gennineness of the written evidence which I produced in support of them , and which you refused to examine , and yet you publicly pronounced me guilty , on the 18 th of January , 18 S 3 , in the teeth of evidence signed by Robert Cully , Accountant-General of the Bank of Ireland , by Michael Roche , of the Hibernian Bank , by Obadiah Willans and Sons , Lower Bridge-street , by Robert Byrne and Co ., Lower Bridge-street , by Armstrong and Byrne , Merchants ' - quay , by William Lock , Linen Hall , by Blood ,
Nott , and Co ., Trinity-street , by Greenough and Robinson , of Manchester , by Lingworth and Co ., Manchester , by William Bolton , Manchester , and the oral testimony of Mr . John Robinson , of Delgany , of Mr . William Itussell , of Lower Bridge-Street , of Alexander Reynolds , of Lower Bridgestreet , and of Mr . John Hudson , of Mecklenburghstreet . Let me ask you now , Sir , at the end of nine years , did you examine any part of this testimony , or any of those witnesses ! No , not one of them . Yet , you , with all your piety , persevere in pronouncing me guilty of having brought false , calumnious , and malicious charges against an innocent man !
Let no one say this letter is written from any other motive than that of giving you an opportunity of doing me an act of common justice , even now at the end of nine years' suffering . Do not say that I am actuated by any feeling of revenge for the grievous wrong which you did me , because that would not be true , as I have the secretary ( Mr- P . V . FitzpaErick's ) acknowledgment , tbat I contributed largely to swell your tribute , in November 1833 and 1834 , and was mainly instrumental in returning you for the city , of Dublin in J 835—all of which have occurred since January , 1833 ; and I would have supported you still had you not deserted the people by turning Whig and banker at one and the same time . lam , Sir , with as much respect for your public services as any man can feel , Patrick O'Higgins . P . S . —I think it is due to you to send you this letter before I publish it , and at the same time to say that you are a ' , perfect liberty to make any use of it you may think proper . ¦ . P . O'H . Daniel O'Connell , Esq ., M . P .
TO THE EDITOR OF THE FREEMAN . Sir , —In the Freeman of this day , the 6 th inst ., you have published a letter of miue of the 24 th ult ., addressed to Mr . O'Connell , and a letter from him in reply , dated Mansion House , April 2 d . Both these letters have been published at the desire of Mr , OConnelf . When I wrote to him on the 24 th , and received the following note from him on the 25 th , I little expected the kind of letter which appears in this day ' s paper in reply : — " Mansion House , March 25 tb , 1842 . " SlR , —I have received a letter from you , marked ' private , ' but intended to be published . " I have not time t ;> answer it at this moment , but you shall hava au answer before I leave this city for London , on Monday , 4 tb of April . " I have the honour to b 8 your , humble servant , " Daniel O'Connell . " To Patrick O'HiggihS , Esq . "
I certainly did expect quite a different answer , aud I ani 1 ' ree to admit that in the answer I have got I am bitterly disappointed . Buti notwithatanding the provocation which I have received I shall not be betrayed into one augry expresaiottj nor ehould I ever trouble you or the public with any observations of mine , only it might be considered that by rcmainiug t-ileiit I had assented to the whole of the statement which has beeu made against me . I regret to see that Mr . O'Connell still acts the part of an advocate instead of an arbiter . No doubt it is his charuable disposition that has led him along from the begiiiuiiig to act as counsel for the accused . The odds , then , against me are fearful .
Mr . O'Coiinell has not stated the charges . Ho suppresses the principal charge altogether . Howtv « r , I shall not state it , lest any one should , imagine tha . iu so doing I was actuated by either •'" malice , envy , or ill will . ' * I feel none towards any human being : private wrongs I am as ready to forgive as any man , but political wrouga I cannot forget . When Mr . O'Counell had the books before him he should have stated the whole of the resolution , which appears on those books , in Mr . Dwyer ' s handwriting , on the 18 s , H of January ,. IB 33 , and not a part of it . It was for tha sake of brevity th » t 1 did not state the whole in my letter , and Mr . O'Connell , with the books before him , seizes upon that omission , and savs : — i
You must really be endowed with great coHfidence in the effrontery of assertion when you have the face to assert that the document I signed stated that the Committee unanimously agreed twit . " ' ¦ ¦ Now , Mr . O'Connell , for to you I shall now address the remainder of this letter , you give this statement ot mine a flat contradiction , and upon this point alone I might rest the whole case ; for if I prove that youare in thewrong here , it naturally follows that you may be wrong throughout the whole of your long ietter . The following is a correct copy of the entry in Mr . Dwyer ' s book , as well as of the lithographed circus lar , which was sent to all my friends and relations upon the occasion . — " Corn Exchange Rooms , 18 th Jan ., 1833 .
" Mr . Patrick O'Higgins having instituted several charges against Mr . J ohn Reynolds of a political nature , the committed ot tho Volunteers , were convened , and after due consideration came to the following opinion ; We have beard the charges and such evidence aa Mr . Q'Higgius produced , aud we are unanimously of opinion tbat the charges are totally false and calumnious , and we do most fully and moat ^ honourably acquit Mr . John Reynolds thereof ^ . ; aad it having appeared to ns that those charges originated in malice , we recommend Mr . Dwyer to return to Mi . O'Higgins his subscription , being of opinion that Mr . O'Higgins ought not any longer to frequent those rOoms . '" . Now this is the whole resolution , with tho exception of the twenty-three names attached to it : and if . it" do not convey to the public ^ the meaning that the committee were unanimous iu their opinion , I shall give up the whole case / The i ext point I shall netice is that wherein you say— I have now before me the original entry in the late Mr . Edward Dwjot ' s haadwtiting , aad it
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