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A FEW LOYAL AŃD LITERARY MEN in London, considerably checked the progress of French philosophy and domestic disaffection, by joining in a Periodical Publication, called the Anti--Jacobin.
This Work was written with much ability, and hold up the principles of disloyalty to constant detestation and ridicule.
It is conceived by some well-wishers to Ireland, that the success of the Union, now under discussion, is intimately connected with the triumph of Jacobinism, Rebellion, and French Fraternity; and therefore, that every man who loves his King and Coun. try
is bound to counteract it by all the means in his power. For this purpose, a Periodical Paper, called the ANTI-UNION, will continue to be Published three times a week, viz. every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, so long as this fatal measure is in agitation.
There is a LETTER Box at the Publisher's Shop.
Correspondents will be received.
HE the history of our country. A few weeks will of Great Britain. If ever there was an occa. determine whether that Legislative indepen- fion which imperiously and solemnly demanded dence shall continue, which, for some time the interference of the people, it is the present. Every tie of public and private obligation, As to the scheme of this publication, there the love we owe to our country, the gratitude are a few propositions upon which we feel a we owe to our ancestors, the regard we owe to conviction, that we hope to communicate to our conne&ions and ourselves, the duty we owe others. - It appears to us demonstrable, that to our posterity, call on us to give the question the late calamities of our country, have not which now agitates the national mind, a deep Aowed from the nature of our present con. and mature consideration. Such a question, nexion with Great Britain ; that these calaon which depends, not merely our welfare, mities would probably have been greater, and but our very existence, peculiarly requires the less curable, had we, until this time, contideclaration of the public opinion. It behoves nued in our former dependent state ; that the the Legislators as well as the people, the go- conneaion proposed, in any posible modificavernors and the governed, that the public fen- tion of it, must, in substance and effea, retiment on this subject be fully and unequivo- duce us to our former dependent condition, cally expressed; because it may be questioned, and that consequently while it holds out an whether such a measure could otherwise have ideal bond of amity and. Union, it really and a legitimate fan&tion or obligatory force. From in effe & teems with principles of repulsion and the multitude of publications which the press separation. We conceive it follows as a necefhas already poured forth, we may derive, at sary consequence, that this cannot be a mere least, this consolation, that our recent cala- question of terms, and that the introduction mities have not entirely subdued our national of the measure should, in its outset, be comspirit, or repressed the freedom of political on hated by every intelle&ual resistance, which quiry. We may congratulate ourselves that may have any chance of repelling so monstrous the press is ftill free, and before this organ of an innovation. the public voice become silent for ever, it should be employed in the public service.
It is the design of the editors to contribute Under this impression, the Editors have undertaken to publish a Periodical Paper, relating mind to a sense of its danger—and in pursuing
their efforts to awaken and rouse the public entirely to the great question of an incorpo- their plan, they do not disdain to folicit rated Union with England.
friendly affistance; nor shall they deem themIt is generally expected, that the Under selves excluded from the use of any weapons takers of such a work should give some account which the laws of literary controversy warof themselves and their plan. As to ourselves, rant. Their first endeavour shall be, to conwe are persons entirely disinterested in the pre- vince the understanding of their country, by fent question, except fo far as our country is the force of reason and argument; their interested. As to our politics, we are loyalists subordinate obje& shall be, to secure friends, and conftitutionalists; we are Yeomen, still or encounter adversaries, by the assistance of ready to spill our blood in defence of a limited wit, and fancy, and ridicule. It is unnecessary monarchy, and the British connexion. This we on such a subject, to bespeak the public attenconceive to be a concise statement of the public tion; and the editors confidently expect abun. principles of loyal Irishmen, and thinking so, dant literary communication. Indeed that inwe find ourselves bound by all our obligations telle& which has ever exercised itself in consito those principles, to resist a measure that dering the course of human events, or in reawould exchange a limited monarchy for a pro- foning on the concerns of human society, vincial vice-royalty, and the British connexion must be funk in criminal apathy, if it refuses for a Navish annexation of our country to all its energy to such a question. Let no liberal another which would 'precipitate us mind hoard its literary talent, and sordidly into an
unnatural struggle for separation, withhold what should receive public circu. and, perhaps, finally destroy both nations. lation.
It is with unfeigned and heartfelt concern ftill ready to bear arms. They harbour no rethe editors forefee, that in the progress of sentment, and feel no opposition against go. their work it will be necessary to discuss questi- vernment. They have praised its clemency, ons from which they would most willingly ab- and supported its measures and while they Nain. It is their comfort and consolation, disclaim every unworthy and dishonourable that this is not a necessity of their own cre- feeling, it will not be imputed to the editors ating, but that it has been forcibly and wan- as too much arrogance to declare, that the motonly imposed on them. Feeling as they do, tive of their undertaking is a pure and disintethat at this season their country required only rested desire to rescue from degradation and repose, they are aware how criminal they ruin, that country which they have ever chewould be to shock and convulse her frame, by rished as their parent, and which contains all the renovation of political contest; nor would their present comforts, and their future hopes. they perhaps, at this time, encourage the public discussion of any question less important
It would be inconsistent with the design and than that, which presents to their native coun
limits of this introductory paper, to enforce try the alternative of existence or annihilation. any argument, or descend to any detail. There
is, however, one topic on which we cannot reThat question is now proposed-and among frain from making a few observations. It has the novelties of the day, it is perhaps not the been suggested, that your present peculiar least surprising, that the intended introduction condition, instead of being a conclusive arguof a political measure is announced to the ment against disturbing the tranquillity which public, at lealt without the discountanaroc of you have but beguir tu cujuy, is the operating government, in a publication which professes motive for introducing at this time the measure to detail the advantages which may be expected which we deprecate. Without adopting this to result from carrying it into execution. Thus conje&ure, it would be absurd to deny its por. the controversy has commenced in the Castle, sibility, and imprudent not to guard against its and it is but candid to acknowledge, that go- ill consequences, if true. If a design fo vernment has, by its example, invited a public wicked and insidious has been in contemplaand unrestrained investigation. If the editors tion; if the languor and loss of blood which required any excufe for the honest discharge you suffer from having fought the battles of of what they conceive to be a sacred duty, the Constitution and of your King; if your and the exercise of a conftitutional right--they present fatigue and apathy; if your fear of would find it, if not in the invitation, at least insurre&ion, and horror of treason; if terror, in the implied permission of the government. proceeding from your anxious loyalty, be the In availing themselves of this invitation, and reasons for attempting to cajole you out of exercising their birth-right of openly canvassing your liberties—as you are reasonable men, a public question, the editors will be equally with honourable and spirited feelings, we imsolicitous to express their sentiments with plore you to cou ntera&t this detestable proje&, manly freedom, and to avoid the flightest in- -oppose it with your wisdom and firmness; fringement on the laws of the land. They
They carefully examine all the promised advantages, too well know the excellence of those laws, and if malignant reports are industriously circuand the admirable principles of our constituti- lated, and addressed to your fears, let no unon, not to hold them both in reverence—and becoming timidity prevent you from assembling their habits of thinking lead them as much to in your capacity of ele&tors, aud instru&ting abhor the licentiousness, of the Press, as to your representatives—it is a duty warranted by deplore and despise its slavery. They write not the law, and demanded by the constitution. for literary fame; from this they are precluded by the nature of their publication. They with We are deeply and seriousiy convinced that not to become the advocates or fomenters of there is no advantage promised by the measure sedition ; against this they have before and are of an incorporated Union with England, which