Chapters in Irish History

Chapters in Irish History

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...he should certainly be exposed if he attempted to wrest the Crown from the father of his wife, and seize by force the prize which, after the lapse of a few years, would fall to him in the course of nature. But when a son and heir was born to James, William's hesitation was at an end, and he saw that the security of his throne in Holland, as well as the protection of Protestantism in both countries, required that he should at once take possession of the Government of England. Accordingly, in the autumn of 1688, he published a Declaration, dated from the Hague, in which, after stating the grievances of which the British nation had reason to complain, he promised "to bring the kingdom of Ireland into such a state, that the settlement there may be strictly observed, and that the Protestant and British interest may be secured." William landed at Torbay on the 5th of November 1688. James was filled with terror and dismay. He seemed to be utterly resourceless. No one clung to him--no one sympathized with him. It seldom happens even to the most worthless that they have none to show them kindness in the hour of need; but James appears to have failed in attaching to himself a single human being. "God help me!" exclaimed he, "my own children have forsaken me," when he heard that his daughter Anne had fled to the northern insurgents. And yet, if he had evinced courage and self-possession at all worthy of his position, he would not have been abandoned. The Revolution was instigated chiefly by the nobles; the great mass of the people were comparatively indifferent; and if the unhappy King had evinced the most ordinary amount of energy and ability, he would have been able to resist, and perhaps even overcome, his formidable...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236537890
  • 9781236537898