Excerpt from Four Years of Irish History, 1845-1849: A Sequel to "Young Ireland"
Ireland, chieﬂy because the unusual which has elapsed since the publication of the first volume. The main cause of delay was the quantity of new materials placed at my disposal during last year. Describing transactions in which, for the most part, I had personally shared, I might perhaps have dis pensed with aid; but contemporary correspondence and diaries are like living witnesses, who come to correct or confirm a writer's individual impressions, and I gladly accepted, and have used largely throughout the narrative, the valuable materials in question. I felt the more bound to do so that one aim of this book is to negative long-received opinions, and disturb rooted prepossessions, and this is a task which is attempted in vain unless a writer rests his deductions on solid evidence.
It will be more convenient to acknowledge these documents wherever they are used than to enumerate them here.
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