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TRANQUILLITY

UNDER

MR. O'CONNELL,

MY LORD MULGRAVE,

AND THE

ROMISH PRIESTHOOD.

DY

ANTHONY MEYLER, M.D. M.R.I. A.

DUBLIN:
WM. CARSON, GRAFTON STREET;
WILLIAM CURRY, JUN. & CO. SACKVILLE-ST.
R. M. TIMS; J. ROBERTSON, AND CO.; J. PORTER, AND
D, BLEAKLEY.

BELFAST, W. M'COMB.
LONDON, GROOMBRIDGE,

MDCCCXXXVIII,

1838,1

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PREFACE.

The following pages have been written chiefly with the view of placing before the English people, Radicals as well as Tories, the political condition of Ireland, the real objects of those who now agitate and disturb it, and the consequences that must result, unless prompt and energetic measures of security are immediately adopted.

The excitement, now so industriously and so fearfully kept up in Ireland, is not caused by any political feeling in the orderly and more respectable classes of society; there is no principle whatsoever of civil liberty mixed up with it it is not even a contest between the Tory and the Liberal—it is a warfare against Protestantism and the connexion with England, carried on by the peasant at the instigation of the priest.

The Popish clergy are the real and the only exciters of the rebellious and lawless feelings now so prevalent, the people if left to themselves would be tranquil, and would remain deaf to the voice of the agitator, if it were not re-echoed by the voice of the priests. They are the only effective agitators, and their power is obtained by the agency of superstition. They openly denounce tithes from their altars, and not only advise the people not to pay them; but in all their letters, and in all their speeches, either at aggregate meetings, or from the rostrums of their mass-houses, they excite

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