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Of this board the two volunteer framers of the address happened to be members. The body who deputed them, instantly assembled and declared their delegation void. You would suppose, Gentlemen, that after this decisive public brand of reprobation, those officious meddlers would have avoided its recurrence, by retiring from scenes for which nature and education had totally unfitted them. Far, however, from acting under any sense of shame, those excluded outcasts even summoned a meeting to appeal from the sentence the public opinion had pronounced

them. The meeting assembled, and after almost the day's deliberation on their conduct, the former sentence was unanimously confirmed. The men did not deem it prudent to attend themselves, but at a late hour when the business was concluded, when the resolutions had passed, when the chair was vacated, when the multitude was dispersing, they attempted with some Orange followers to obtrude into the chapel, which in large cities, such as Derry, is the usual place of meeting. An angry spirit arose among the people. Mr. O'Mullan, as was his duty, locked the doors to preserve the house of God from profanation, and addressed the crowd in such terms, as induced them to repair peaceably to their respective habitations. I need not paint to you the bitter emotions with which these deservedly disappointed men were agitated. All hell was at work within them, and a conspiracy was hatched against the peace of

my

client, the vilest, the foulest, the most

infernal that ever vice devised, or demons executed. Restrained from exciting a riot by his interference, they actually swore a riot against him, prosecuted him to conviction, worked on the decaying intellect of his bishop to desert him, and amid the savage war-whoop of this slanderous Journal, all along inflaming the public mind by libels the most atrocious, finally flung this poor, religious, unoffending priest, into a damp and desolate dungeon, where the very iron that bound, had more of humanity than the despots that surrounded him. I am told, they triumph much in this conviction. I seek not to impugn the verdict of that jury; I have no doubt they acted conscientiously. It weighs not with me that every member of my client's creed was carefully excluded from that jury–no doubt they acted conscientiously. It weighs not with me that every man impannelled on the trial of the priest, was exclusively Protestant, and that, too, in a city so prejudiced, that not long ago, by their Corporation-law, no Catholic dare breathe the , air of Heaven within its walls--no doubt they acted conscientiously. It weighs not with me, that not three days previously, one of that jury was heard publicly to declare, he wished he could persecute the Papist to his death---no doubt they acted cor.scientiously. It weighs not with me, that the public mind had been so inflamed by the exasperation of this libeller, that an impartial trial was utterly impossible. Let them enjoy, their triumph. But for myself, knowing him as I do, here in the teeth of that conviction,

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I declare it, I would rather be that man, so as-
persed, so imprisoned, so persecuted, and have his
consciousness, than stand the highest of the court-
liest rabble that ever crouched before the foot of
power, or fed upon the people-plundered alms of
despotism. Oh, of short duration is such demo-
niac triumph. Oh, blind and groundless is the
hope of vice, imagining its victory can be more than
for the moment. This very day I hope will prove,
that if virtue suffers, it is but for a season; and that
sooner or later their patience tried, and their puri-
ty testified, prosperity will crown the interests of
probity and worth.
Perhaps you imagine, Gentlemen, that his

person imprisoned, his profession gone, his prospects ruined, and what he held dearer than all, his character defamed; the malice of his enemies might have rested from persecution. , “ Thus bad begins, but worse remains behind.” Attend, I beseech you, to what now follows, because I have come in order, to the particular libel, which we have selected from the innumerable calumnies of this Journal, and to which we call your peculiar consideration. Business of moment, to the nature of which, I shall feel it my duty presently to advert, called Mr. O'Mullan to the metropolis. Through the libels of the Defendant, he was at this time in disfavour with his bishop, and a

had
gone

abroad, that he was never again to revisit his ancient congregation. The Bishop in the interim returned to Derry, and on the Sunday following, went to officiate at the parish

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chapel. All ranks crowded tremulously round him; the widow sought her guardian; the orphan his protector; the poor their patron; the sich their guide ; the ignorant their pastor; all, all, with one voice, demanded his recall, by whose absence the graces, the charities, the virtues of life, were left orphans in their communion. Can you imagine a more interesting spectacle? The human mind never conceived the human hand never depicted a more instructive or delightful picture. Yet, will you believe it! out of this very circumstance, the Defendant fabricated the most audacious, and if possible, the most cruel of his Libels. Hear his words :-“ O'Mullan,” says he, “ was convicted and degraded, for assaulting his own Bishop, and the Recorder of Derry, in the parish chapel !” Observe the disgusting malignity of the Libel-observe the crowded damnation which it accumulates on my client-observe all the aggravated crime which it embraces. First, he assaults his venerable Bishop—the great Ecclesiastical Patron, to whom he was sworn to be obedient, and against whom he never conceived or articulated irreverence. Next, he assaults the Recorder of Derry--a Privy Councillor, the supreme municipal authority of the City. And where does he do so? Gracious God, in the very temple of thy worship! That is, says the inhuman Libeller-he a citizen-he a Clergyman insulted pot only the civil but the ecclesiastical authorities, in the face of man, and in the house of prayer; trampling contumeliously upon all human law,

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amid the sacred altars, where he believed the Almighty witnessed the profanation! I am horror-struck at this blasphemous and abominable turpitude, I can scarcely proceed. What will you say, Gentlemen, when I inform you, that at the very time this atrocity was imputed to him, he was in the city of Dublin, at a distance of 120 miles from the venue of its commission! But, oh! when calumny once begins its work, how vain are the impediments of time and distance ! Before the sirocco of its breath all nature withers, and age, and sex, and innocence, and station, perish in the unseen, but certain desolation of its progress! Do you wonder O'Mullan sunk before these accumulated calumnies; do you wonder the feeble were intimidated, the wavering decided, the prejudiced confirmed ? He was forsaken by his Bishop ; he was denounced by his enemies-his very friends fled in consternation from the “stricken deer;" he was banished from the scenes of his childhood, from the endearments of his youth, from the field of his fair and honourable ambition. In vain did he resort to strangers for subsistence; on the very wings of the wind, the calumny preceded him; and from that hour to this, a too true apostle, he has been a man of sorrows,” “not knowing where to lay his head.” I will not appeal to your passions ; alas! how inadequate am I to depict his sufferings; you must take them from the evidence. I have told you, that at the time of those infernally fabricated libels, the Plaintiff was in Dublin, and I promised to advert to the cause by which his absence was occasioned.

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