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gether might have occasioned some was left by the convent wall, while the * surprise, but sailors are dull to suspect, other was conveyed on board. The
*** The gig crept in to the shore, sails filled, and when the morning apnot a sound was heard, and the muffled peared, the island, her former home, cars propelled the boat in silence, until and her peace of mind, were for ever she reached the pier head, the Cap- lost.” tain, the Lieutenant, and Cockswain We must now really close these exlanded, the latter carrying the cloak tracts, but before we make our bow to bag and advancing in the most cautious the public, let us say a few words on manner ; the boat was kept with her the extraordinary flow of literature now bow towards the ship at the very extre- emanating from the United services as a mity of the pier, and the two foremost whole, or the army and navy as intepars were kept in the water. “ Hush, grals of that great and meritorious hush," said the Captain, “ this must be body. Some few years past, had a the window : give me the rope ladder, book come forth on the world, under and leave the cloaks and hats here." the name of a British officer, amusement "What signal are we to give, sir ?" said might have been sought in its pages,
but the First Lieutenant, “ I fear we are of instruction none. Now, how is the too early.” “ Now, Cockswain, stand case altered, the pen is now wielded as at that corner, directly we move to- freely as the sword, and the very men wards the boat, run and take your who, under heaven, are the saviours of place, but if you see any one approach, our country, step out of their otium, whistle and walk quietly this way;" and by a strange exchange, become the The Captain then stood back a little historians of the very deeds of which and whistled one sharp note, keeping many may say,
magna pars fui.”_ his eye intently fixed on the window, Nay further, noblemen are now the in two minutes it opened, and a fair able authors of excellent works, whereas face was discernible. “ La cuerda, la a quarter of a century ago, their inforcuerda," whispered the Captain, and a mation could barely suffice to write the small rope was soon in his hands. To order for a half-yearly salary. Some this he fastened the end of the rope of our bold officers are the accredited ladder, which the Nuns drew up and editors of periodicals which, though we fastened by the hooks to the lower part may widely differ from them in politiof the window. The Captain ascended cal, yet must give them praise for to be certain of its security and urged their literary papers. One whole Mathe girls, (no longer nuns), instantly to gazine is devoted to the interests of the descend. It was now their resolution services, and is filled with well-written began to waver, but they had gone too papers on the general subjects relating far to retreat. The Captain's urgent, to those services, and admirable sketches impressive manner fortified their minds of adventures from the hands of Brifor the desperate, rash and irretrievable tish officers. We do not wonder at action; and a minute was hardly elapsed the host of writers, whom the powerbefore the youngest was in the arms of ful excitement of political feelings has the Captain, enveloped in a large cloak imbued with the spirit of the time, with a cocked hat on her head. Again for we know, what enormous power is the second wavered in her resolution; given by our feelings when we consider she cried and became dreadfully agi- them outraged by public misconduct, tated. In vain the Captain ascended, but we may be allowed a little surprise she was still irresolute, when the loud how it is that the art of writing has bewhistle of the Cockswain announced come so general amongst a class of the approach of a stranger. The Cap- men, whose education is not so literary tain descended in a moment. The un as others, and whose employments fortunate girl, now driven to despera- when on active service, are sufficient tion, caught at the last chance of es- to jar the writer's feelings out of tune. cape, got upon the ladder, and began We care not to enter into any metathe descent. Scarcely had she accom- physical investigation of the cause of plished two steps when she missed her this, we and the public are the benefithold, fell from the ladder, and broke ters by such an employment as that her leg. Her screams were dreadful which has been called their “ hotium and resounded over the bay. She cum diggin' o'tatoes,"long may the whole VOL. I.
class, sea, land, and amphibious, keep volumes, “and humbly awaiting a rethe pen in hand. Write, write, write newal of your favour," all ye who can write.
We remain, We have little more to say, save to
Dear Sir, return our most sincere thanks to Cap
Your's truly, tain Chamier, for the excellent treat he
ANTHONY POPLAR, GENT. has favoured us with in these three
A youth was his of vigour and of bloom,
He liv'd ʼmidst friends who lov'd him—but one day
He sunk from them and happiness away,
Not that at once dejection found it's room ;
But slowly-dimly-hectics came to prey
Upon his cheek's embrown's and healthful ray-
A noble hart, careering o'er the plain,
Of all the herd the champion and the pride,
And panting, to a darksome covert hied-
Reveal’d the arrow rankling in his side.
A BRIEF NARRATIVE OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH LED TO THE DISCOVERY AND DISCOMFITURE OF
It was about eight o'clock in the any one else hear that you have been morning of the 23rd of July, 1803, so played upon by the idle schemers when a man in the garb of a peasant, who have nothing better to do. Deapparently prepared for a journey, and pend upon it, the government is more with a small bundle in his hand, knock- than a match for them; and that they ed at the door of Captain (the present will very soon discover if they provoke Sir Richard) Wilcox, who resided in it.” Indeed, your honour,” says the village of Palmerstown, near Dub- Leary, “ 1 know I'm a simple man, but lin. As soon as the servant appeared, I could not be deceived in that at any the man asked whether the Captain rate. I know too much, and I seen too was at home. Being answered in the much not to know that there is harm affirinative, he desired to see him, but brewing, and before twenty-four hours was told that he was confined by ill- your honour will know enough to be . ness to his bed, and could not see convinced that it's truth I'm telling any one. The man seemed much dis- you, and no lie, But I won't wait to tressed, and repeating his request with see it. I'm going down to the quay to great importunity, added, that the bu- take my passage in the first vessel that siness upon which he wished to speak sails, I don't care to what place ; for with him was of a public nature, and 'tis better to be anywhere than here till did not admit of delay. The servant the ruction is over.” There was an air retired to consult his master's pleasure, of calm earnestness, and quiet deterand upon his return desired the man to mination about the man, by which Capwalk up stairs. Upon being shewn tain Wilcox was deeply impressed, and into the bed-room, “Oh! Leary,” said he was determined to lose no time in the Captain, “is that you ? What is availing himself of his information. it that brings you here at this hour ?" He accordingly, when Leary had taken Leary first looked towards the door, to his departure, sent for his neighbour, see that all was secure, and feeling Mr. Clarke, who was the proprietor of confident that there was no one to over the large calico printing manufactory hear his communication, he said in a in that neighbourhood, and telling him tone of much earnestness to the Car- what he had heard, entreated him to go tain, “ Troth, your honour, and that's immediately to Mr. Marsden, at that what I'm come to tell you. There's bad time Under-Secretary of State, and
You'll have bloody apprize him of the impending danger. doings in Dublin before morning." – Clarke objected. He said Marsden Nonsense, Leary," says the Captain, would pay no attention to him ; that he " this is one of the cock-and-bull stories had on a former occasion given him inwhich some people get up, either to formation which should have been realarm the government, or” to amuse garded as of some importance, and was themselves by sporting with the credu- called a fool for his pains.“ But go,” lity of simpletons like yourself. Go says Captain Wilcox, “now, in my home and mind your business. I very name.
Tell him that I insisted on it ; well know there are numbers who are
and that he will incur a serious responwicked enough to desire an insurrec- sibility if he neglects to take the protion, but there are very few who are per precautions.” Clarke was at length fools enough not to know, that any at- persuaded ; and after an absence of tempt of the kind at present must only about four hours, returned with a vexed ensure their own destruction. Go and disconcerted countenance, which home, my good fellow, and do not let told sufficiently that his mission had
work going on.
been unsuccessful. Well, did you see evening? I should have expected to him ?" asked the Captain anxiously. see them up to the elbows in dye-stuff." “ I did," was the reply, “but I might as Clarke's eyes were all at once opened well not have gone.” “Why? What to the real state of the case; and, withdid he say?" “Oh! the old story ! out waiting to answer the Captain, he all a humbug. Not worth a moment's rode directly towards the men, and notice !" The Captain was greatly charged them, openly, with their traiexcited. He knew Leary to be an ho- terous designs. You villains !" he nest, hard-working man, whose avoca said, “ What are you about ? do you tions brought him into constant inter- want to bring ruin upon yourselves and course with that class who were most families ? It's all discovered! The likely to be acted upon by the apostles Captain and I are going to the Castle, of sedition, while his prudence and to give information to the government; good sense never permitted him to be and if you don't desist from your mad drawn in to take any part in their pro- proceedings, you'll be shot like dogs!" ceedings. He was, therefore, per Wilcox was greatly provoked by this fectly convinced that his information indiscreet and intemperate interference was not to be disregarded ; and was of his friend, and he said hastily, “what determined, at the expense of his life, do you mean, Clarke ? Do you mean to be himself the bearer of a message that we should be shot like dogs?
to the castle, by which, if he did not And he turned his horse's head towards produce conviction in the minds of the Park, and proceeded at a quickenothers, he would, at least, satisfy his ed pace to the residence of Dr. own conscience. He accordingly rose. Lindsey. from his sick bed, and, invalid as he It happened that, shortly after they was, put on his clothes, and resolved to left the village, the agents who had proceed immediately to the castle. been appointed by the misguided Robert Clarke agreed to accompany him. Emmet to arrange the time and the Upon second thoughts, the Captain manner of the insurrection, arrived said, “ No, we will not, in the first in there ; and when Clarke's language stance, go to Marsden again. Let us was repeated to them, they saw, at go to the Park, where I shall see Dr. once, that their designs were betrayed ; Lindsey, the private Secretary to the and felt convinced that if they were Lord Lieutenant. He knows me; and not able to intercept Clarke and WilI do not think that there my represen- cox on their way to the Castle, or, to tation will be disregarded.”
commence the insurrection at an earlier It was now about four o'clock. The hour than that appointed, and before gentlemen immediately mounted their the Government could be prepared, all horses, and rode towards the Phønix must be lost. They accordingly desPark; but before they passed through patched two parties, who were to prothe village of Palmerstown, an inci- ceed towards Dublin at both sides of dent occurred which is worthy of being the river, and whose instructions were mentioned. Clarke, as we have said, peremptory, to shoot these gentlemen was the proprietor of the great calico as soon as they should meet them; and printing manufactory, which was, at they themselves proceeded to the renthat time in full business, and gave em dezvous in Thoinas-street, and there ployment to, perhaps not fewer than they met their leader, and those who two hundred men. It was Saturday constituted what they were pleased to evening ; and the workmen, long be- call the “ Provisional Government, fore the usual hour of discontimuing who, upon hearing what had occurred, their avocations, were seen here and resolved that the insurrection should there in groups, holding earnest confe commence at nine o'clock instead of rence with one another, and all dressed twelve, the hour originally fixed upon, in their Sunday clothes ! Of this, and that they should take their chance Clarke had taken no notice ; but Wil- with the force which they had in the cox immediately perceived it, and it city, with which they hoped at least to gave full confirmation to all his suspi- keep the Government in check until cions. “Clarke," said he,“ do you the arrival of their friends from the perceive nothing extraordinary? Look country, whom they could not onlcuat these men. Is it usual for them to late upon before midnight. apvear in that trim on a Saturday Meanwhile Clarke and Wilcox ar
rived at the Park. They saw Dr. amusing to see how like fools we should Lindsey, who gave an anxious atten- all look when we awoke without findtion to what they had to communicate, ing our throats cut in the morning.” and expressed himself perfectly satisfied " Mr. Marsden," said the Captain," I that immediate steps should be taken to too, have seen some service, and I beprevent the designs of the traitors. lieve the government never have found
But what,” said Wilcox, “ is to be that any information which I gave them done? Marsden will pay no attention was not to be relied on. Once again I to us." "Go to him," said the Doctor, solemnly declare that I never was more " again, from me ; tell him that I in- deeply convinced of anything than that sisted on it ; that I am perfectly satis- danger this moment impends of which fied your information is not to be des- they are little aware, and that two pised. And I will myself go to the hours may not elapse before the rebels Lord Lieutenant, and let him know are in possession of this Castle and the what I have heard. A single moment city is in a conflagration. For God's should not be lost. If there be any saße, attend to what I say. Nothing truth in your suspicions we cannot be but the extraordinary circumstances in too prompt in our precautions against which I feel myself placed could have impending danger. We have to deal made me intrude upon you at such an with an enemy who combines the sub- hour, or, evince a pertinacity, which I tlety of the fox with the ferocity of the perceive to be disagreeable, upon such tiger, and I only say we shall deserve a subject. But, if I am right, our all to suffer for it, if we permit him to is at stake. If I am wrong, any pretake us by surprise." The gentlemen parations which may be made at my intook their leave, and proceeded towards stance, although they may give rise to the Castle. When they arrived there, some ridicule, can cause no inconveMarsden was at dinner and could not nience." The Under Secretary was be seen. Captain Wilcox insisted upon not to be moved. He again coldly sigseeing him; he said he came from the nified his thanks to Captain Wilcox Private Secretary of the Lord Lieute- for the trouble he had taken, and, as nant, and that his business was of the far as he politely could, intimated his last importance. Marsden rose from desire that the interview should termihis dinner in no very pleasing mood, nate. The Captain accordingly took and Captain Wilcox soon perceived his leave, exceedingly chagrined and that no impression was to be made upon mortified by an obstinate self-sufficihim. He was an obstinate, opinion- ency which he feared might prove the ative man, who had resolved in his own ruin of his country. “ Well, Clarke," mind that there could be no such thing he said, “ this is provoking. We must as active treason in the country, and immediately go back to Dr. Lindsay, felt the representations which were and tell him what has occurred. Permade to him either as a reproach to his haps what Mr. Marsden would not atnegligence or a reflection upon his sa tend to from us, he may be induced to gacity. • So, sir,” says he to the Cap- listen to when he hears it from his tain, “ you think we are all to be blown masters.” I protest, Wilcox," says up, do you?" " I think,” says Wilcox, Clarke, “ I am not surprised that they "you are upon the verge of an explo- are a little incredulous. The Governsion : whether we are blown up or not ment may well have been deceived, will depend, under Providence, upon when I myself, who have been living ourselves.” “ I feel obliged by the amongst the very fellows who seem to anxiety you show on this occasion, and be at the bottom of it, had not the am persuaded it proceeds from the best slightest idea of what is about to take motives. But we are fully aware of place, until I saw the villains dressed the state of the country, and know it in their Sunday clothes as we passed to be perfectly impossible that there out of Palmerstown this evening. Who could be any foundation for your appre could have believed that a set of hension. Go home, my good friend, drunken, talkative, open-hearted Irish and make your
If I were men could have kept such a secret so to make any such fuss as you desire, profoundly?” “ I was a little better merely upon vague and idle rumours, acquainted than you were with the which I have been too long in office not business of ninety-cight,” said Wilcox, to have learned to despise, it would be “ and cannot therefore be so much sur