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PUBLISHED BY JAMES DUFFY,
10, WELLINGTON QUAY.
ROBERT TYLER, ESQ.
OF THE UNITED STATES,
IN TESTIMONY OF MY RESPECT AND THANKFULNESS
THE INTEREST HE HAS MANIFESTED IN THE STRUGGLES
OF MY COUNTRY,
HIS GENEROUS ADVOCACY OF HER CLAIMS,
I DEDICATE THIS VOLUME
" THE IRISH LIBRARY."
Alla Alleen, Cashel, July 1, 1846.
For the defects or inaccuracies (if any there be) of the following pages, I offer no excuse. Want of time, the pressure of other cares, my own inability-excellent reasons for not undertaking any literary task-are no justification for its slovenly or imperfect execution. Time prolongs itself for the incessant toiler, and he who anticipates may be said to stay the sun's flight. The vocation of the literary labo urer, calling him to his mission of advancing the great creation of intellect in the sphere most useful to mankind, will, if it be true, supply him with adequate inspiration for his undertaking.
But for such mission I have not even prayed. Those with whom it is my pride to be associated, have not been stirred to action by ambition or interest. To be great or successful writers was not our aim or impulse. We saw the teeming intellect of our country running to waste under