Excerpt from The Orange System Exposed, and the Orange Societies Proved to Be Unconstitutional, Illegal and Seditious, in a Letter to the Marquess Wellesley
Under such circumstances, unknown to your Ex cellency, and, most probably, for ever to remain so, it cannot be fairly thought ﬂattery if I preface What I have to Offer bv an expression of the sentiment which, as an Irishman of no party, a good Pro testant I hope, and a subject, I am sure, bearing true allegiance to my king, I entertain toward your Excellency. It is a sentiment ofmore than respect, it IS admiration - not for talents merely - for talents may be, and every day are abused; nor for your high name, or, to use the cant of the day, your illustrious family for high birth is accidental, and rank, whether derived from ancestry or personally acquired, is Often, much too often, the reward of what is not virtue. The object of my admiration.
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