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ish diagņostics took place, my palfe rose suddenly to

CASE 6. 111 ; at that moment the Traétors were applied with My dear Do&tor, such success, that it instantly fell to 104, since which I I was a fad obje& before I tried your Trađors, but have been in a state of convalescence.

am so altered that several of my former friends pass me I am, fir, with great fincerity, your constant friend, by in the street as if they did not know me. My right was

FREDERICK FICKLE. almost gone ;-I stoop'd almost double ;-I had dropp’d
W-n, March 6, 1799.

a paunch, and my mouth slobber'd like a child's, But I certify the above case to be true.

ever since I tried the Tractors, my eyes have been ro R- ARDLL sharp that I can dress a battalion, and my whole appeara

ance has become so smart, adive, and spruce, that his
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Excellency has made me a Colonel. I am told my
Paving Board, March 6, £799a friends in the Q's my won't know me.
Sir In Blue presents his compliments to

Your's truly,
Doctor Touch, and informs him he has derived conside-

C. H. C

M.P. Q.C. P.C. C.R. rable benefit from the Tractors. He was violently af

L.C. Q. C. M. &c. &c. &c. flicted with paralytic symptoms, in fo much that he was not for some time able to walk strait in the treet, but Befides these acknowledgements Mr. R.M-n has conltantly ftaggered from one side of the gutter to the been, by repeated applications, completely cured of the other. He tried the Tractors about the middle of last green fickness. A Right Hon. Gentleman from the co. January, ever since which time he has moved tolera- Mayo of a running fore, the consequence of a wound bly dire&t.

Şir

n is not discouraged by feeling which he was near getting at the battle of Castlebar. foma fymptoms of a relapfe : It was what might be (This patient desires his name may be concealed.) The expected, but should it take place he intends to apply Knight of K-y is under a course, with some proragain to Doctor Touch.

pect of success, for an empty fatulence; and Mr.

Vandor reckons upon incalculable benefits in a tight-
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aess of the chest, and some appearanees of a lock-jaw
SIR,

have vanilhed already.
I am 64 years old, but always have been uncommons P. $. Doctor Touch may be heard of at the bar of
ly healthy, having never known any complaint but the Struggler's Tavern in Cook-street, and Tractors
St. Vitus's dance. "I lately tried your Tractors, and tho' may be had at the Patent Medicine Ware-houses, cor-
not quite cured am much the better of them. Sir, you are ner of Parliament-Areet, oppofite the Castle Gate, and
an honour to your profeffion, a gentleman of proud spirit, in College-green.
high feeling, and a man of metal.
My dear friend, your's most devotedly,

TO THE
NI R.

EDITORS OF THE ANTI-UNION.
Four-Courts, March 6, 1799.

Fit pugil et mcdicum urget.

HOR.
To Thomas Touch, Esquire.

GENTLEMEN,
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4.

THINK it, my duty, through your paper, to cau-
SIR,

tion the public against a quack who calls himself Dr.
I was lately afiliated by a complication of complaints, Touch, and deals in new fangled things called Tractors.
viz. a. fit of a family Egs, a parrrralifys of the tongue, & I denounce him as an arrant inpoftor, and his being
a lumbaginous conitriction which confined me by keep- fuffered to humbug the world is a disgrace to the
ing me always on my legs to the great inconvenience police of the country. He talks, I am told, of
of my friends, who would have been glad to see me fit cases where he has succeeded. Let me tell you of
down if I had been able to stand. I have been supplied contrary instances. Not long since the Speaker of the
with your Tractors, since which my loins have become House of Commons was indisposed; the Tractors were
limber, and I can sit in a Chair with eafe for a whole affiduously applied, without success, and seemed to en-,
cvening, which I always do except when I am in the crease his indisposition, as his complaints have encreased.
house.
I am, Sis, &c. &c.

Sir John Parnell was lately troubled with a stiffness in HY AL-XR. his neck; the Tractors only encreased the rigidity; and Mr. Thomas Touch.

Sir John flung them in the quack's face when Mr.

1-c- -y, who has been afflicted for some time CASE 5.

with the itch, picked them up ; but we find he is noSIR,

thing the better, and scrapes as much as before. Mr. Your. Tractors have relieved me from an impediment Fitzgerald trea'ed a similar attempt to cook him, with the in my speech, and I ana in prime health.

sameindignation; and Mr. D- took his leav-
Your's, dear fir, without heftation,

ings without any hesitation. In short, Gentlemen, no
St. G
D

man who values his conftitution, will be imposed on by
Dr. Touch, M. D.

this Empiric. I am, Gentlemen, yours, &c.

Noli me Tangere,

I

Dublin : Printed by James spoore, 45, College-steet,

PRICE 20.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 1799.

No. XXXII.

'T WAS at the folemn midnight hour;

HELP FROM HEAVEN

For, in the saddest softest strain,

She waild the woes. of ERIN's land

Ah! wretched Erin rent in twain, “The right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass the. By some curs’d dæmon's hellifh hand.

Lord has chastened and corrected me : but he hath not given me. : over unto death."- --Psalm 118, 16&18 Verse...,

That aye inflames with deadly rage,',

Sons against fons in fouleft fight,,
And youth to murder boary age,

In Nature's, and in Reason's spite. :
When minds at ease are sunk in sleep, ,
But forrow's funs their wailings pour,

The cottage now she fings in flames,
Teaching the woods and wilds to weep; ;

Now the injur'd maiden dying,

And now the burning baby's screams 5
Beside a laké, whose waters black, -

To its mother's bosom Aying: -
The pale-eyed moon doth dimly spy,
Scarce peeping o'er a mountain's back, .,

Ah ! luckless mother, vain you fhed,
That rudely lifts its head on high,

Thy tears, or blood, thy babe to save!

For lo ! poor soul, thy baby's dead,
Where the wild willows green and dank, ,

And now thg breast must be its grave !
Their weeping heads wave to and fro,,
And fighing reeds upon its bank,

Thy breast of life where as it fept,
Oft kiss the ebbing waves that go ::

Thy fong-footh'd' cherub oft would start

Then heav'd its little sighs, and wept
There on a long-fall’n mould'ring mass -

Sad signs that rack'd thy boding heart.
Of an antient castle's wall,
That now grown o'er with weeds and grass, ,

The thought too deep lerne ftung,
Was once gay mirth's and bcauty's hall,

She started, frantic from her seat,

Her filver harp, deep thrilling rung,
Ierne lonelv, palc, and sad,

Neglected falling at her feet. .
All hapless sighing, sat her down, -
And forrowing mused, 'till almost mad

Nor filver harp lerne cheers," -
She snatched her harp her cares to drown.

Nor the bright starry studded skies,

The light of Heaven's unseen thro' tears, Now wildly waved her auburn hair,

The sweetest found's unheard thro' sighs : In the unheeded blast that blew, Fix'd were her eyes in deep despair,

The wither'd shamroc from her breast, Whilst o'er the strings her fingers few,

Scorch'd with her burning sighs, she threw,',

And the dark deadly yew she press’d,
The foun's, at firt fo loud and wild,

Cold dripping with unballow'd dew..
Now slowly foft ned on the ear,
And e'en the savage blast grew mild,

Here, here, she cries, unseen I'll dwell,'-
Such soothing sounds well pleas’d to hcar:

Here, hopeless lay my tearful head,

And fairies, nightly in this cell,
Her Druid's ghosts around her throng,

Shall strew my dew-cold leafy bed. .
For ling'ring still tho' feldom seen,
They fondly fit their oaks among,

Then down the links with grief oppress’d, Dear oaks for ever, ever green ;

Her saffron Neave thrown o'er her face,

And soft-wing’d Neep lights on her breast, And listning fairies troop around,

And sooths its heavings into peace.
Whilft high upon the ivy'd tower,
The long hair’d Banshees catch the sound,

But ah! too foon fell Discord's cries,
And rapt, forget their crying hour.

Borne on an eastern breeze's wings,

nate.

Kude sweep her harp, that downward lies,

the frifh Minifter has acknowledged is hoftile fé an UniAnd moan amongst its uembling strings.

on, have not been sufficient to convince his understand

ing, or to produce a permanent influence on his con"car'd with a sound he did not know,

duet. Even when he was mortified and humbled by the Peace-loving Neep dared not to stay,

patriotism of his native country, while he was yet agoBut sighing for Jerne's woe,

nized by the uprightness of its fenate, and still fmarting He bent his näifeless flight away.

from the lash of honest and eloquent invective, he has,

with that arrogance which generally accompanies inexerne starting, paus'd a-while :

perience, declared his determination to persevere in a Too true, she cries, ye powers above !

project, which he calls right, and the wisdom of the Dreari Discord comes from that fair ifle,

nation has decided to be wrong. The vanquished SeWhere still I look'd for peace and love.

cretary has announced, even at the moment when he

was overthrown, that he waits only for the acquisition Thought-rapt the food in dumb amare,

of new strength, to repeat his attack. While the querWhen on the western mountain's height,

tion of Union remains thus circumsanced, we would To sounds seraphic, rose a blazé,

- be well justified in continuing our exertions, which the Of mildly-bcaming, heav'nly.light.

perverseness of the Minister will not permit us to termiThere in the midst, loose-robid, was seen

But knowing the general sentiment on this fubSweet Hope, that soothes our ev'ry ill,

jedt, and heiding the Minister pledged not to revive, Beck'ning with calm and smiling mient,

during the present feßion, the discussion of this questi

on, we deem it expedient to fufpend the publicatiou of Poor, sad lerne up the hill.

this paper, until a future occasion shall call for our serThe woe-begone thus Hope adressid

vices. If there be faith or truth in his Majesty's Minir“ Lift up thy looks, lerne, cheer,

ters, the people of this country will enjoy at least the « For know we come åt heav'n's behest,

repose of one year, from the agitation of that topic, “ To footh thy forrow, check thy fear.

which, of all others, is most likely to disturb their quitt

forever. “ Thy cares, thy dangers, foon thall cease :

When the Editors of the Anti-Union fift folicited “ Thy days of tears and sighs are gone

the attention of the Public, this kingdom was threat" Thy fouleft feuds shall turn to peace

ened with the greatest calamity which can befal à coun66 Thus shall the will of heav'n be done.

try, the loss of its independence, the abolition of its

liberties. 'I he public mind, exhausted by those strong “ Pluck from thy breast that yew away,

feelings which had been kept in continued activity for Be steady, cool, collected, calm;

fix months, by a sanguinary rebellion, which it required “ So shalt thou foon a wreath display

all the courage and all the strength of the country, to " Of Shamroc woven with the Palm.

fuppress, was suddenly called on by authority, to conti

der of surrendering that constitution, which they iad fo Words fo bland, as slew descending

dearly defended, and of fubmitting the liberties and inLifts the drooping lilly's head,

dependence of Ireland to the mercy of a British LegirRais'd the fair lerne bending,

lature. The people of Ireland, stunned by a stroke so Fair eft flower in Nature's bed.

unexpected, and enfeebled by the extraordinary exes

tions they had made, in de fending their existing ( fiaMy fervent thanks, high heaven, she cries,

blishments, and the connexion with the filter country, Be ever, ever, given to thee;

heard the monitrous proposition with a kind of filent Thou’ft chas'd my sorrow, tears and fighs;

astonishment, which, tho'it exprefed fufficienily the Thou’ft fent me HOPE and LIB.RTY.

horror which they felt, yet promised to the intidious enem", but too eafy n triumph. It was apparent the

nation was panic truck ; it was obvious that if it were TREBOR.

not roused to thought, and excited to view with a ferly eye the precipice to which it was brought, all must be lost. Among the first who undertook this arduous, but

necefTary task, were the Editors of this paper. Tho' TO THE PUBLIC.

exhausted like others by those severe services which eve

ry loyal man in Ireland had felt himself bound to un*HE period which we at first afligned to our labours, dergo, they again resolved to facrifice private interest, to

has not yet arrived. An Incorporated Union of public duty; they came forward to warn, to animate Ireland with Great Britain has been proposed to the the people of Ireland to resist a measure, which, every Legislatures of both countries by their respeaive Mi. prudent man faw, involved the degradation and ruin of nisters, and that measure is not yet abandoned. A Pare the country. liamentary defeat, and the opinion of the people, which To effect this purpose, they considered it the safer and

TH

the vilet way to address the understanding, the reason, will not immediately venture to obtrude it again on their and the honest parlions of the Irish people, by a periodi- nauseated palate. But it is not long, we predict, that tal publication, confined exclusively io this momentous the constitution of Ireland will be safe from his attacks. topic, than to speak to them thro' thore polluted and furn It requires no sagacity to perceive that a systematic plan picious vehicles, the public prints, in which too often is formed, or to foresee that attempts will be made, to fa&tion pursues its foul purpose, and insinuates mto the merge this ill-fated counky in the great mass of the public mind, rather the poison of fedition, or the pesti- British empire. For a defeat of such attempts, whenever leat doctrines of difpotisin, than the wholesome lessons they shall be made, we look with confidence to that fpirit of political truth. It is now eleven weeks fince this work, and virtue in the people and their representatives which having in view folely this objed, commenced. Wlies have been already exerted with nich signal success. ther it has been carried on during that period, with that That it is intended to repress that spirit and curb that regard to decorum, to truth, to the honest principles of virtue it would perhaps be scepticism to doubt; but enlightened and steadly lovalty, to a love of regulated whatever means may be resorted to for those purposes, liberty, of Britith Constitution and British Connexion, if the people be but temperate and firm, if they can which it set out with profefling, it is for the public learn to forget their divisions and cultivate in unison alone to judge, and to them we appeal. Before their that love of independence in which must ever consist tribunal we all appear without trembling, conscious the true and only safeguard of the constitution, thore that if in any casual infance we appear to have devia- means must fail-fot we cannot be perfuaded that the ted from thofe land-marks by which we endeavoured to intellect of Irithmen, barba ous and uncultivated as 'it guide our coutse, the deviation has been involuntary, has been represented, can ever be deceived by the feeble and by the liberal and candid will be attributed rather to sophistry which represents an Union with Great Britain inadvertence than to a dereliaion of thofe principles as consistent with the freedom or promotive of the intewhich we have profeffed to love and cherish ! Of the rests of Ireland ;-they cannot then become a prey to degree of ability which may have marked these compofi- the ambition of any minister until they consent to sacritions, it would be fill more indelicate in us to jodge, fice liberty to party vengeance, or cease to think that than even of the manner in which the work has been · liberty worth defending. Convinced, therefore, that. conducted. To the impartial decision of the public, there exists no present danger of an Union, however therefore, we commit this question also, declaring how-" likely it may be, that the perfevering policy of the miever, that whether in that respect the public opinion nister will at a future day again try his strength with the shall be favourable or adverse, we fall fill feel pride in people of Ireland, it strikes us that the continuation of sificating that our talents, whatever they may be, have a paper exclusively appropriated to the exposure and been devoted gratuitously to our country.

What we refittance of that measure would be fuperfluous. While conccived the crisis called for, we have done, not only the danger was imminent it was neceffary to be vigilant unawed by the frown of power, and unseduced by the and active. While it appeared railier to be concealed ailurements of couit favour, but unrewarded by emoc than to have vanilhed it was the duty of those who lument of any kind. Our labours have been a fice-wilt had stood forward to resist it to continue at their offsing, and whatever degree of personal inconve- post. But when the enemy has withdrawn from our nience we may have suffered from the steady and faith- gates, though but to return, perbaps, with recruited via ful discharge of a duty which we imposed upon cur- gour at a future day, it would be an idle waste of ftrength felves, we feel amply repaid by the flattering patronage and vigilance to harrafs the garrison with unremitted doty. with which our country has honoured us. Such is We have already said that the people of Ireland have the brief history of a work which we are now about to decided on this measure, and that to the decisive tone clofe-Such are the impressions with which we in which they spoke their reprobation of it, Ireland is are about to withdraw from the awsul presence of the now indebed for its political existence. Corruptior, public.

however, has afftated to difbclicve, and has had the boldHaving thus shortly flated our conduet and our mo- nefs to deny, that the public sentimerit on this question tives, and thrown ourselves on the juflice as well as the has heen declared, herzute a great portion of the peoindulgence of the public, we cannot help adverting cre ple have remaincu filent. But who that knew the fivawe conclude our labours, to two questions which will tion of this country at the moment when the Britith probalily be put to us by our readers--The one, minifter so cruelly forced the qu-fion of Union on a in what

what ftate we leave the great question of convulfed people, could rationtlly have hopedi fiom the Union? The other, why we now conclude our labours molt rooted and universal abhorrence of the measure so a'ter having continued ihem to the pief ni period i general a declaration against it? Could it have been exThe two quítions are connecte, and we fall answer pl&ed, that men engaged in protting their property thern together : For the present feffio, then, we have and their lives against i he attack of a powerful and difalready declared, we conceive the quition of Union to guided enem", in the busum of their country, at the very be at rest. The Parliament and the people of Ireland dcors, should have laid doun their arms and afferribled to have spoken so loudly and explicitly their disgrit of that discuss a political turie, which even the minister himself measure, that even the temcrity of the Britila Premier decares to be of great intric.cy and calling for cool, and

ferious, and deliberate consideration? Could it have triotism obtained fo fplendid a triumph shall live been hoped that in counties where not only a rebel force in the memory and gratitude of their fellow kept the inhabitants in a state of perpetual activity and subjects and posterity. Superior in talent as in alarm, but where the existence of martial law rendered integrity, they displayed powers equal to the occaevery meeting of the people daogerous if not impra&i- sion, and their eloquence, ardent and irresistible, was cable, the free holders suspending their fears and forget- worthy of men engaged in fo momentous a conteft. ting their' danger Mould have braved every obstacie The magnitude of the question will perpetuate the rein order to declare an opinion hostile to the executive membrance of an incident novel and unprecedented in government, and of course rendering them ftili more the history of parliamentary debate, and it may be obnoxious to the severe in:lition of military power? useful to future times to know that the force of goveraYet even in this state of the country, convulsed, ment was unable to bear so unequal a confia, and i hat alarmed, smarting under military execution and the minister faw with a melancholy concern many of dreading every evil which an immense military force his adherents desert even in the heat of battle to the could inflia, has the nation been silent?, No! From standard of truth and reason. Thus, the Commons every province, from a great proportion of the coun- House of Parliament has proved itself to be not merely ries of Ireland, from the metropolis, -the seat of go- what faction is fond of representing it, a theatre for the vernment, and under the immediate and strong infu- exhibition of a drama, the incidents and catastrophe of ence of the Castle, the public detestation of this base which are preconcerted, but that it is what the founders project has been declared not vaguely or coldly, but of our constitution intended, a deliberative assembly, with an explicit energy which has appalled and defeated in which the members regulate their condu& by the the most bold and enterprising minifter which ever helt convi&tion of their underltandings. Thus, also, we the reios of our government. What have we seen on the have feen that common calumny refuted, which accuses other hand? What has the sophistry of Mr. Pitt, the enor- the representative body as careless of the welfare and remous patronage of the castle, and all the activity, the gardlefs of the sentiments of the constituent, and we arts, the threats and the promises of its numerous emis- derive a new love for the constitution, from observing saries, been able to effect? In the wide extent of the both classes co-operate in its preservation. kingdom of Ireland they have procured one folitary de- That constitution, we are of the number of those claration of assent 10 the measure! He that in these cir- who have always sincerely and rationally admired-we constances affects to doubt whether the sense of the na- loved it not only because where it exists it is found to tion has been declared, requires to convince him a de.. fecure to man' the greatest degree of those blergree of proof which the ordinary course of human af- fings which fociety is instituted to protect, but because fairs cannot afford him. It were to insult the under- illo it appeared from its structure, from the nice standing of the public to suppose that they entertained adaptation of its parts, but above all from its any souples in such a cafe.

being founded on the broad basis of the

proWe cannot allow ourselves to take leave of ple, to be more likely to resist with effe &, those affuults the public without offering our congratulations, and of ambition under which all constitutions have, sooner exprefting the proud fatisfa&tion we have felt from some or later, perished. Recent events consirm uis in cur events to which this question has given birth. We attachment, for recent evenis have taught us, and we had been accustomed to hear the corruption of parlia- , fondly hope will convince Irishmen, that even under the ment and the influence of the crown made common existing and enormous weighı of pationage and corrupfubjes, as well for the declamation of honest but de- tion, the constitution yet lives, and lives with an energy fponding politicians, as for the calumny of feditious which will long ensure its existence. A minister pordemagogues ; we knew how seldom the king's minis- felling more power, more influence and less principle ters had been effeaually refifted, but we confidently than any whom history has marked

as the enemy cherished the hope that our constitution contained within of British liberty, has grappled with that constitution itself an energy cqual to its own preservation. Recent while labouring under the pressure of circumftanes the experience had taught us that the voice of the people most inaulpicious that the imagination can conceive. conftitutionally exprefled is awful and commanding. Did it fuccumb in the contest? No! Thoughi manaWe knew that there was in the legislature much manly cled by laws which suspended all the functions of frecand inflexible integrity, and we thought that even cor- dom ; though proftrated before a military government, raption itself might revolt from the measure of an io- which the melancholy circumitances of the times forced corporated Union. The event has justified our reasone into existence ; the Genius of the Confitution, roused ing and realized our hopes; and we may venture 10 by the infolence which presumed that its passiveness was predict that it shall not be forgotten, while ihe constitu- debility, and its patience tameness, rose in its mightiro of ireland endures, that the death-blow which was the combined force of two ministers wielding the paanged atiis existence was warded off by the representa-. tronage of two countries, and .exetting it with tives of the people. True to the facred trust roposed in the most unbridled licenfe, was forced to hrink them, the majesty of that body rehited the power and from the conteit-they retired defeated and disgraced withstood the fedu&tions of the miniller. The efforts from the conflict, and reluctantly left to the people that of those who sustained the honourable character of liberty and independence which they vainly hoped to Cmpicns of tl.eir country on the evenings when pa- extinguish for ever!

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