An Epitome of the Case of Irish Corporations, Intended for the Perusal of Protestants Generally, and Especially Submitted to the Dispassionate Judgment of the Members of the Imperial Legisature
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...is not so much whether Roman Catholics are to be admitted, but whether Protestants are to be altogether excluded. (hear, hear.) This must be the practical effect of any measure similar to that now proposed. At present, in the selection of poor law guardians, we find that a few Protestants are, in mockery, elected; the proportion generally being about five per cent. or one out of each twenty guardians. In an electoral district, in the County Tipperary, a Roman Catholic petty farmer, named Gleeson, who holds afarm of only 12 acres, the rent of. which he is unable to pay, is at present a candidate for the office of guardian, in opposition to a Protestant gentleman, always resident in the county, whoholds her Majesty's commission as justice of the peace, and I entertain no doubt of the triumphant success of the former (hear, hear.) Even with a ten pound bona fide qualification, I feel assured that a vastly preponderating majority of town councillors would be elected in every borough tovbe re-constructed under the proposed bill; and were the result to be ditferent, the strife to be engendered by contests at elections for municipal oflicers, two or three times a year, could not fail to per11 petuate and aggravate that devastating and ruinous spirit of agitation, the curse of this country, which would draw circles around, or brand with that significant symbol, a death's head and cross bones, the doors of all who dared to exercise that freeborn right of Britons, privatejudgment. I shall now proceed to demonstrate that the object of the framers of the present bill is not confined to amere transfer to Roman Catholics, of all the property and influence at present possessed by the Irish municipal corporations; but that, not content with...
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