An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 eBook

Mary Frances Cusack
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[559] Writers.—­As a general rule, when Irishmen succeed either in literature, politics, or war, the credit of their performances is usually debited to the English; when they fail, we hear terrible clamours of Irish incapacity.  Thackeray commences his “English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century” with Swift, and ends them with Goldsmith!  I do not suppose he had any intention of defrauding the Celtic race; he simply followed the usual course.  Irishmen are, perhaps, themselves most to blame, for much of this is caused by their suicidal deference to a dominant race.

[560] Order.—­The Presentation Order was founded by Miss Nano Nagle, of Cork.

[561] Leadbeater.—­Annals of Ballitore, vol. i. p. 50, second edition, 1862.  I shall refer to this interesting work again.

[562] Man.—­The exact words are:  “If a man were to go by chance at the same time with Burke, under a shed to shun a shower, he would say:  ’This is an extraordinary man.’”—­Boswell’s Johnson, vol. iv. p. 245.  Foster’s version is as above.

[563] Developed.—­Since this sentence was penned, I find, with great satisfaction, that a similar view has been taken by a recent writer.  See Secularia; or, Surveys on the Main Stream of History, by S. Lucas, p. 250.  He opens a chapter on the revolt of the American States thus:  “The relations of Great Britain to its colonies, past and present, are an important part of the history of the world; and the form which these relations may hereafter take, will be no small element in the political future. Even our Professors of History ... abstain from noticing their system of government, or the predisposing motives to their subsequent revolt..”  The italics are our own.  Neglect of the study of Irish history is, I believe, also, one of the causes why Irish grievances are not remedied by the English Government.  But grievances may get settled in a way not always satisfactory to the neglecters of them, while they are waiting their leisure to investigate their cause.

[564] Writer.—­Morley. Edmund Burke, an Historical Study: Macmillan and Co., 1867.  A masterly work, and one which every statesman, and every thinker would do well to peruse carefully.  He says:  “The question to be asked by every statesman, and by every citizen, with reference to a measure that is recommended to him as the enforcement of a public right, is whether the right is one which it is to the public advantage to enforce.”—­p. 146.

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