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Literary and Political Journal.
JANUARY TO JUNE.
In our last Number we offered a few some Conservatives, who pride themobservations on the meeting of the selves upon being peculiarly prudent Metropolitan Conservative Associa- politicians. Let us place the two facts tion. Within the space to which ne to which we allude in juxta position, cessity then limited us, it was inipos- for our reader’s consideration. sible to give to this meeting the consi First. It is a fact, that the Conserderation to which its importance en vative party in Ireland possess an imtitles it; we, therefore, return to the mense preponderance of all the clesubject again, and as some additional ments of the political power of the meetings have since furnished us with country. an additional source of comment, we Secondly. It is a fact, that their oppropose to makc those proceedings the ponents, inferior as they are in all the text of a few observations on the ge- elements of strength, have defeated neral subject of Protestant movements them in the struggle for political supein Ireland.
riority, and have, at this moment, a We are aware that, in approaching majority of the representation of Irethis snbject we have many difficulties land in their hands. and many prejudices to contend with. These two facts, thus placed in their We have the policy of the temporis- naked abstraction before the mind, are ing, the cowardice of the faint-heart- worth a thousand arguments.
The ed, and perhaps, too, the intemperance most laboured essay to prove the neof the violent to encounter. We shall cessity of Protestant exertion could eadeavour calmly to lay our views be- not speak half as much as do these two fore our readers, uniufíuenced by any simple and unanswerable facts. We other considerations than a regard will not insult the understanding of to what we believe the interests of our readers by drawing from them the Protestantism require.
The subject self-evident inference that the Con. upon which we write is one upon which servatives have been deficient in exwe have thought much, and we have ertion ; and were we called on to argue endeavoured to think deeply. We do with the most plausible of the adnot put forward opinions adopted visers of Protestant inaction_and with without reflection ; and we trust that regret we say it, there are such in every thing we advance, we shall among them who profess a deep zeal have reason to support our views. Ofone for the Protestant cause—we would thing, at least, we are certain, that we think it necessary to offer no other shall not scruple to speak our senti- argument to refute their most ingenious ments plainly and undisguisedly, with- sophistry, than a steady and constant out consulting how we may please any repetition of these two indisputable individual or any party:
statements. In contemplating the present state We may, perhaps, best throw our of political parties in Ireland, two sentiments upon this subject into the facts present themselves so obviously shape of comment upon the recent to the mind, that it might hardlý proceedings by which Protestants in seemn necessary to call attention to various parts of Ireland have manithem—and yet they are facts which fesied their determination to be enerseem altogether to be overlooked by getic in the cause of truth. In addi