The Felon's Track eBook

Michael Doheny
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“That sentence is, that you Terence Bellew MacManus, you Patrick O’Donohoe, and you Thomas Francis Meagher, be taken hence to the place from whence you came, and be thence drawn on a hurdle to the place of execution; that each of you be there hanged by the neck until you are dead, and that afterward the head of each of you shall be severed from the body, and the body of each divided into four quarters, to be disposed of as her Majesty may think fit.  And may Almighty God have mercy upon your souls.”

A writ of error was sued out principally on the ground that the principles of constitutional law were violated.  The House of Lords finally quashed the error and confirmed the judgment.  Meantime, the country, or a great portion of the people, took the last step in the direction of debasement by praying the Queen and the Lord Lieutenant for a free pardon.  The petitions were spurned; but her Majesty, yielding to the powerful sentiment of abhorrence against the punishment of death for political offences, commuted the sentence into transportation for life.  This final sentence was carried into effect on the 9th day of July, 1849, when the ship of war Swift spread her sails and hoisted her felon flag, bearing out to sea, and having on board the four illustrious exiles.

Martin and O’Doherty had been conveyed to Cork on board the Triton, on the 16th of June, whence they were sent to herd with common malefactors on board the Mount Stewart Elphinstone—­at the time infested with the plague.  This vessel remained off Spike Island while the cholera was doing its ravages among her passengers, and finally put to sea, with the patriots and pestilence, a few days before the departure of the Swift.


[Footnote 11:  The following is from the Freeman’s Journal:—­An eminent Queen’s counsel, who was present during the awful ordeal, was heard to give utterance to a sentiment so truthfully graphic that we record it in full:—­“Well,” said he, his eyes full and his countenance flushed with emotion, “never was there such a scene—­never such true heroism displayed before.  Emmet and Fitzgerald, and all combined did not come up to that—­so dignified, so calm, so heroic.  HE is a hero.”]



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