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OF THE DIFFERENT
REBELLIONS IN IRELAND,
ARRIVAL OF THE ENGLISH:
OUT THE XXIIID OF MAY, MDCCXCVIII ;
THE THIRD EDITION.
printed by Robert Marchvanı,
AND IN LONDON,
R. TAULDER AND MESSRS. KIRBY, BOND-STREET.
In the Preface to the two former editions, I inserted the following paragraph : “ Though the Author has made truth his polar star in the course of this work, it is possible that some errors might have occurred in it; he hopes, therefore, that if the reader should discover any such, he will be kind enough to communicate them to him, and he will amend them in the next edition.”
Some persons had the goodness to point out a few trifling errors, such as mistakes of names or dates, which I corrected; but after the most scrupulous investigation, and after the circulation of 2350 copies, in the course of ten months, I could not discover a single error which affected the authenticity of any one transaction. On the contrary, I have received the most flattering assurances from the officers who campaigned in the late rebellion, that the military transactions have been faithfully described ; and I have bad the same testimony from the civil magistrates, and from those who were competent to decide upon the other events.
A number of writers have attacked me with foul and acrimonious abuse, for having published this work; but I defy the envenomed shafts of calumny. VOL. I.
I represented in parliament a borough, and acted as a magistrate, in
my county of Waterford, a great. part
of my life; and I can appeal to my countrymen, whether I ever missed an opportunity of doing publick or private good; and whether I was not as active in promoting both, as any other individual, in proportion to my fortune and abilities. *
It was to be hoped and expected, that the concefsions made to the Roman catholicks, for above twenty years, would have attached them to the State, and would have united them, with their protestant fellow subjects, in the bonds of brotherly love and christian charity : and yet, not only the late rebellion, but incidents which daily occur, afford incontestible proofs, that the tenets of their religion, and the conduct of their priests, will always make it' impraticable.
During a season of great and general distress, in the year 1801, a charity school was instituted in the town of Wexford, in which the female chil. dren of poor people were supplied with clothes, and were instructed in reading, writing, and useful industry, in the course of the day; and they returned at night to their parents.
As persons of every religious persuasion were invited to attend it, the governors resolved never to interfere with the tenets of those who professed the popish faith.
In aid of the institution, a charity sermon was preached at Wexford, last summer, by the reverend
The reader will find observations on some scribblers who have. impeached my veracity, Appendix, No. XXV. and XXVI: