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minds of Englishmen than they do.-) In wretchedness they outvie those “ Papists of the East,"
Nothing can be more unjust than the outcry raised against the Irish labourers who have followed their landlouds into this country, to seek for that employment here, which the absence of these, their natural protectors, has prevented them from obtaining at home. Surely, it is but reasonable that they should be allowed to partake of the benefits dispensed amongst the people of England by their absentee countrymen, especially when it is considered that it is by the labour of these very men that the incomes thus expended have been raised. Besides, much of the vond consumed by the English labourer is the produce of Holand, and it is unjust to complain because the Irish paxtant comes to eat here what, but for the unnatural Min of the two countries, he would be able to enjoy at ha mo. Independent of which, the necessaries of life would De much scarcer, and consequently much dearer to the Kulud lahourer, were it not for the supply afforded him ruu tho superabundant produce of Ireland. But the pusat which actuates this feeling of hostility amongst the And of England, to the poor, wandering, expatriated tuhou wa Erin, is the same which has ever governed the he clients in their treatment of that unhappy country Bon why wothing of days long since gone by, the bare *444444ent of which harrows up the very soul, let us cast a Niet in the history of times so recent as to be within the won of all, and when neither ignorance, nor barSo why not any fancied provocation to vengeance can
ilan excuse, or even offer a palliation, for the wrongs hreintlicted. No details are requisite to illustrate
the very Greeks themselves, without being equally fortunate in attracting the compassion or good
the picture: the shades are so deep, and the general gloom which pervades the whole piece is so profound, as to be visible to all: goaded into rebellion by the wily policy of a wicked and ambitious minister, then terrified by the atrocities committed in her subjugation, she was inveigled into a renunciation of her rights, and a resignation of her independence. While thus captivated by bribes, overawed by threats, and deceived by promises, in an evil hour did she consent to throw herself upon the mercy of her relentless master. She has never ceased to repent her folly; for she has been a slave instead of a handmaid,-a servile dependant instead of an honourable partner. Though full seven and twenty years have elapsed, since her marriage articles were signed, and she became legally betrothed to her imperious lord, during which period she has ever most religiously comported herself as a dutiful and submissive consort, she has never yet been permitted to solemnize her nuptials but by mourning and by sorrow. As the note of gladness has never yet dwelt upon her ear, por happiness ever settled on her brow, neither has she yet been decked in her bridal dress, nor partaken of her bridal banquet. The fruits of a happy union have never yet appeared ; neither was it to be expected that they should; for there was too much of fraud and violence necessary to effectuate the marriage contract,—there was too wide a departure from the principles upon which alone a happy alliance could be founded, ever to allow her to look to other consequences than those which have rendered this union so abortive of good, and so prolific of evil
will of the nation. The Greek dies nobly in the field, and his death is sweetened with the compas
Being only a union of words and not of hearts,-of force and not of affection,-deficient in all those qualities requisite for a lawful marriage, she has just cause to demand a dissolution of that tie, which could only have been valid and effectual by the free consent of the contracting parties, and by the strict fulfilment of the stipulated conditions. Let those conditions be fulfilled, and the union may still be happily consummated.
(5)“ But why do I mention these things, and what have we to do with the Greeks? What, are we not Greeks also western Greeks-(cheers) -and has not a sort of Turkish rule oppressed us also, and trodden on our rights, and robbed us of our national glory, and prosperity, and security, and made us a bye-word amongst the other nations of Europe, and ---but I correct myself;—the Greek was not always under the blighting shadow of his oppressor. There were islands, which I have visited, where Greeks governed Greeks; and though ill-governed, no doubt, were at least their own governors, and ruled and obeyed after their own will, and for their own interests and use. The pacha came once a year, took his tythe, and church-rate, and cess, and then went home to sleep in his haram, till the appointed season for the spoil or the contribution should come once more. But with us the Turk has been always present, at our fire-side, beside our chambergrate, by the cradle of our children, on the grave of our fathers; within us, above us, about us; every where we have met the persecutor; at the very altar, where, with a blasphemy not to be endured by modern civilization, he interposed
sionate regard of the whole civilized world—while the victim of English bigotry pines out a miserable existence, or sinks under the slow but deadly poison of disease and famine, with scarcely a heart to lament him. If we steel ourselves to
his cruel arm between man and his God, and drove back the afflicted victim from the only consolation which was left him, the communication of his sufferings to the Father of the injured, and the Judge of the oppressor.-(loud cheers.) -Such, sir, we have been : but in one point only we have over Greece a very glorious advantage ; our struggle is not one of brutal or physical force; not one of a fleshly and coarse arm—but one not less of might and power; an arm which is of the spirit and of the mind,-an arm which is wielded by the intelligence, and morality, and constitutional vigour of an unanimous people;—an arm of which indeed we are proud; temper, discretion, open and generous warfare, by every honest means, against all that is narrow, and exclusive, and selfish amongst mankind. The fates of the nation are not in the hands of the drivelling torturers of the last century; the bad genius of '98 is, I thank God, for ever exorcised from the land.—Against the cries of the orgies of Dublin, I give you a glorious talisman let our watch-word be, not blood, but peace to all men-civil and religious liberty all over the world.(Loud and long continued cheering.)—Mr. Wyse's speech at the dinner of Munster.
(0) It is not intended to depreciate the generosity of, perhaps, a large portion of the people of England, in the succour they have so often given to arrest the ravages of
sentiment of compassion for the sufferings of Ireland, as they regard herself, let our own interests, at least, excite us to reflect upon the consequences to us. In proportion as Ireland is poor, so will England be the victim of that poverty. Hitherto the voice of Ireland has been heard only in the distance; she now comes in person to tell us of her afflictions ; she sends forth her people like swarms of locusts upon the land, to devour and to make sterile : wherever she bends her course, famine and misery are attendants in her train ; the original proprietors are dispossessed, or sink to the same level of wretchedness with the miserable intruders. Such has frequently been the result, to a greater or a less extent, in all those districts which have been more immediately the rendezvous of the Irish emigrants; the poor rates having, in many instances, absolutely exceeded the whole rental of the property on which they were levied. Though the consequences to other parts of the kingdom have been less perceptible, they have been every where real and considerable.
famine amongst the poor of Ireland. The hand of individual charity has been bountiful, and has met with a proportionate return of gratitude. But, as a nation, we perpetuate those scenes of misery by blinding ourselves to their causes, and while we apply the balsam with one hand, we open the wound again with the other.