Excerpt from Case of the Protestants of Ireland
But it isnot the mere superstition of an unlucky sentence which should cause us to apprehend the removal from power of those who would repress agitation. It was among the worst evils of the late changes that they wen made under circumstances very unusual, and, it may be added, very distasteful to the feelings of Englishmen. There is an old prejudice, called honor, which cannot easily be eradicated, and there are some members of the presentministry who may feel a retrospect of the incidents which attended the departure of their late chief, any thing rather than comfortable; some who may feel painful misgivings, as they re ﬂect upon such precedents for clandestine diplomacy. And of this we may be certain, that it is the most honorable who will be least secure, and who will feel most discontent in the cabinet where Earl Grey was circumvented.
As to the concessions which may be purchased by abstinence from agitation, they can be inferred from those which it has oh tained already. His majesty's ministers have declared that the state has a right to assume the disposal of church property and, in accordance with the declaration, they have endeavoured to confiscate two-fifths of our ecclesiastical revenue.
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