11 MAY 1839, Page 7


Mr. O'Connell has sent' to the Aforning Chronicle an address "to the People of Ireland; " for which he holds himself responsible, but which, he says in a note to the editor of that journal, it would be " to the last degree imprudent" to publish in an Irish newspaper, "with the Judges, Sheriffs, and Jurors which will necessarily be inflicted on that country by the renewed Orange regime." The following extracts will show the scope and spirit of Mr. O'Connell's address.

" The Orange faction, which has with difficulty been restrained, or at least kept in check by the late Administration, is about to resume power, with all the circumstances that can render that power atrocious, and almost unbearable. The restraint which they have endured for some time past has served to ag- gravate their bad passions and to augment their malignity. These malignant passions will now have full scope and ample gratification. It is quite true that we shall have several plausible speeches recommending moderation, and lauding impartiality. It is not only the natural love of plausibilities which forms a prominent feature in Peel's character, but the very exigencies of his situation render it doubly necessary for him to practise all the resources of hypocrisy, and all the plausibilities that can deceive and delude. And there are those among the Tories in England who delight in being deceived and deluded. But his party in Ireland—his Orange confederates—the men who hate the religion of the people of Ireland, and that people themselves—that atrocious &dims will laugh with silent scorn at Peel's plausibilities, and all his hypocrisy. Once more rendered certain of' impunity, they will resort to a repetition of their former outrages. Houses will be burned, villages will be wrecked ; the towns will be affrighted and stained with blood by the Orange orgies; and even the little children themselves (as on the recent occasion at Mollyash) will be sent out to play, and brought home blood-covered corpses to their afflicted mothers.

"Heaven knows, we have had no great occasion to be loud in the praises of our existing Tory Judges; nor do I know that :toy of them has been praised by any organ of the Irish people. But such as they are—unlauded as they are—they arc angels of light when compared to the men who are likely to suc- ceed them. The hour of promotion for the truculent, the ferocious, the hypo- critical, and the bigoted, has arrived. There may be au occasional selection of some time-serving Catholic, who has bent the knee before the Davis of Orangeism, even in its obscuration. But the bench will be crowded, as a ne- cessary result of Orange domination, with the very men whose angry passions have been roused at the introduction of an impartial system, rind whose bigotry- will snake for itself a false conscience, when, in due fonts of law, it will affect the property, the liberty, and the lives of the Catholic people of Ireland. "But it 6 not in the higher tribunals alone that the anti-national virulence of the Orange party, will be felt. There is not one partisan Magistrate, nor one restless curate of the Establishment, who has been properly put out of the commission of the peace, but is certain of immediate restoration. It is quite true that little—very little—has been done to purge the 'Magistracy; the great protection which the Irish people had from the recent Ministry was the num- ber of stipendiary justices, and the constant vigilance of the law-officers of the Crown over the conduct of each of the justices of the peace. But when that vigilance once more is placed in the other scale—that to protect and indem- nify the magisterial partisans—alas, for poor Ireland! what a fearful view does the approaching futurity present !"

He calls upon the Duke of Leinster and the Earl of Charlemont to organize an association of " Leinsterites," and urges Irishmen to join the Precursor Society and prepare to struggle with the Tories at the next election.