Ireland under English Rule: Or, a Plea for the Plaintiff - Vol. 1

Ireland under English Rule: Or, a Plea for the Plaintiff - Vol. 1

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Ireland under English Rule: Or, a Plea for the Plaintiff - Vol. 1

Ireland under English Rule: Or, a Plea for the Plaintiff - Vol. 1

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The writer, as President of the Irish National Federation of America, was called upon to deliver a public address at the Cooper Union, in the city of New York, on the evening of February 1, 1897. This was intended to form one of a series of educational lectures to be given to the members of the different branches of the Federation in the city of New York. The subject assigned to the writer was : "England's Destruction of Ireland's Manufactures, Commerce and Population."

Much of the material used in this lecture, together with that presented in the paper on Ireland's Past and Present and recently published in Donahue's Magazine, Boston, Mass., was utilized by the author, together with a greater mass of new material, and all was embodied in the Indictment of 1898, to show "Why Ireland has never Prospered under English Rule."

When the work had been prepared for the press, early in 1898, the writer declined to entertain the proposal that it should be printed by a publisher with Irish sympathies, because the work would then have passed only into the hands of those already familiar with the subject. His earnest desire was to have it reach the American public and possibly, by the same means, the English people. Thus would the truth be disseminated for educational purposes and would to some extent reach those who are indifferent owing to profound ignorance of Irish affairs.

The manuscript was submitted to several prominent American publishers and, while the writer was courteously . . .

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