Excerpt from Ireland and the Empire: A Speech, Delivered Before the St. Patrick's Society, in Nordheimer's Hall, Montreal, on St. Patrick's Day, 1885
So pressed am I with private business affairs calling me to New York that almost at. Any other time, or on any other occasion, much as I have desired to meet an audience, and espemally an Irish audience, in Montreal, I should have declined the honour of addressing you. But at a time when revolting crimes, and meaningless as revolting, are connected with the name of Ireland, 1 felt that nothing should prevent my being present at a meeting of Irishmen on St. Patrick's Day in that City of the Dominion where there is the largest Irish population, to ask you to join with me in protesting against outrages which are as much Without meaning as moral ity, and with which I would tain h0pe no Irishman, acting as an Irishman and aiming at irish objects, was ever connected. (cheers.) As I wrote to your president when he con vevea to me your invitation, I have ever held it a privilege to address an audience of my countrymen, and not onlya privilege, butaduty, it for no other reason than this, my views may differ, nay, on certain points, are certain to differ more or less from yours.
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