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• As the advocate of society, of peace, of domestic liberty, and the lasting union
PUBLISHED BY JAMES ROBINS AND CO. IVY LANE, PATERNOSTER
ROW; AND JOSEPH ROBINS, JUN. AND CO. LOWER ORMOND
[We were labouring on a Preface, with the printer's devil at our elbow,
when the following letter arrived by the two-penny post. Flattering as it is, we had no hesitation in substituting it for any thing we could have said in praise of ourselves; for what Editor could be otherwise than an egotist when writing a Preface to a Periodical—such as ours ? Ev.]
“ MY DEAR SIR,-Permit me to congratulate you on the completion of your First Volume. A pretty octavo it will make. In a decent binding, the exterior will be inviting enough; but, what's of far greater consequence, there is abundance of fruit among the leaves. Why, man, if you go on thus, you will ruin the other Magazines ! Here is more original matter, and, à la York, “So help me God!' more useful matter for a few shillings, than Colburn gives in the New Monthly for three times the sum. There is no scissors and paste work in the ' Dublin and London,'—10 extracts from newspapers,—no long and never-to-be-read lists of deaths and marriages,-nothing to deceive the eye and cheat the purchaser,-no body without soul :-all binds up together, and makes, at the conclusion of the year, a volume quite as large, and quite as handsome, as one of Tom Campbell's. Is it any wonder, therefore, that your first efforts have been successful, that you have been patronized both in England and Ireland, and that your readers are every day increasing? Blackwood and Colburn talk about selling three thousand numbers; but you pocket the cash for at least five thousand. Mark that, as Billy Cobbett would say.
“ But, whilst your extraordinary success gives me, as your friend, real satisfaction, the good you have done the cause of my poor country excites in me unbounded gratitude. Ireland you have saved from the indiscretion of her friends. You have exalted her character in the estimation of Englishmen, while you have vindicated her rights. You have given a new impulse to thought, and counteracted erroneous opinions. The editors of Irish newspapers are beginning to catch a portion of your spirit. Spring Rice has admitted that your article on' Trade and Manufactures' has rectified his notions; and George Ensor stands silenced and confuted by your reasoning on Absenteeism. This is sometbing; but more than this, you have awakened the dormant literature of Ireland. Murthagh O'Sullivan, the apostate, has brought out a Magazine in Dublin ; and Bolster has announced another at Cork. The more the better. The reading appetite is increased by what it feeds on; and be it your praise, that at the commencement of your work there was not a single periodical in Ireland. Success was then problematical ; but let me take some credit to Inyself for having, from the first, assured you, that to merit patronage was to secure it from my countrymen. Before this day twelvemonth your readers will be quadrupled, because Irishmen are beginning to see that they want your services; that you advocate their cause on distinct and unequivocal principles; and that you are biassed by neither individuals nor party. You have praised and censured O'Connell, and you have opposed the political prejudices of those whose cause you have espoused.
Lest you should become too vain, I must take the liberty to inform you, that, by right, you are not entitled to all this praise. What would you have been were it not for your legions of contributors ? • Thine the spoil, ours the toil,' say the troops to their general; and we might address you in similar language. Now there is myself, I am certainly the ablest contributor you have; but modesty prevents me from dwelling on the services I have rendered you.
• The author of • Robert Emmet and his Cotemporaries' has made Rebellion more feasible. A traitor himself, he has rendered treason amiable; and shown, in very unequivocal terms, how Ireland could emancipate herself. The fellow is dangerous-beware of him.
“ Next comes the · Hermit in Ireland,' an odd-kind of recluse, very like a satirist. Pray, who is the author ? • The Love of Life,' by Furlong, is an exquisite fragment. Perhaps there is no other poet living, except yourself, who could have done it as well. Your other poetical contributors, particularly 0, and R. have made that department of your work most respectable.
"The author of Tales of Irish Life' has contributed two articles. They must be good; for, nearly all the English papers, even the losty Times, copied them. For the soul of me I cannot help thinking that this gentleman is the author of the Superstitions of the Irish Peasantry. I know no other, except Mr. Banim, who could have written them. Is it the latter? These papers are, I have been told, to be published separately, as well as · Robert Emmet.? Is this the fact ? Two half guinea,volumes taken from ten numbers of your Magazine!!! It's no wonder you have succeeded : it would have been more wonderful if you had not. I had nearly forgotten the London Student,' and the Veteran Legioneer.' An amusing vagabond this; and I am sure your readers, like myself, regret that both he and O'Toole have not been more industrious. Urge them on coming the new year.
“Excellent as your own papers and reviews have been, it is to your contributors you have been indebted for your success. You furnished the body, of the work, and they lent it wings to fly.
The useful has been your own; the pleasing has been theirs : between both nothing has been left undone; and, therefore, go on and prosper. Relax not in your endeavours-secure additional literary aid--and teach the world that the editor of the · Dublin and London,' is not one of those who • Keep the word of promise to our ear, and break it to our hope.'
Believe me ever,
Yours very truly,
Rory O'Rourke. Bedford Square,
Nov. 30, 1825.
DUBLIN AND LONDON MAGAZINE, .
The ‘long chain of silence,' which tions, have been Englishmen; and, for ages' bound in one link the body if we omit the names of Young and and the soul of Ireland, has at length Wakefield, the remainder form a been burst asunder; and the affairs host of as imperious and ignorant of that country may now be said to calumniators as ever made observaoccupy exclusively the public mind. tions on any country or people. No The press literally groans with stric- wonder, then, that a large portion of tures on the state of the island, and the public imbibed notions at vathe senate of the nation seems to riance with truth, and inimical to have no leisure for the discussion of Ireland. To compare the population any other questions than those re- of that country with their own flatlative to that kingdom. These are tered their national vanity: but, to circumstances which augur well; for, do them justice, they know both though much ignorance exists on only through the misrepresentations both sides of the Channel on Irish of ignorant and venal writers; for, affairs, still there can be no doubt even at the present day, the inhathat discussion will terminate in a bitants of London and other large complete correction of the erroneous cities are as ignorant of the condition opinions which generally prevail. of the English as they are of the
Not only the enemies but the Irish peasantry; friends of Ireland have put forth, It is certainly somewhat singular within the last few years, very incon- that, while foreigners were industri. sistent and contradictory statements; ously degrading Ireland, the natives and, amidst the mass of conflicting themselves should join in the cry that evidence on the subject, it is not hunted down the reputation of their easy to arrive at any satisfactory country, and rival their calumniators conclusion. In and out of Parlia- in hideous pictures of national miment we have nothing but assertions sery. From the venal, the interested, as opposite to each other as light and the base, this might bave been and darkness; and, as no one has expected; but that those who really brought forward any thing like proof, loved their country should, leperthe public are totally at a loss whom like, drag the bandages from the to credit, where all are respectable, ulcerated sores, and distort her feaand where so few agree.
tures in the hope of awakening comThe people of Ireland have hi- passion, is perfectly incomprehentherto been viewed through a me- sible, unless they supposed the legisdium unfavourable to truth and can- lature would do, from pity, what dour;
and as their apparent condition they would not do for merit—that has been compared with the apparent they would grant to the tears of condition of a people of dissimilar prostrate supplicants what they dehabits, and every way unlike, a con- nied to the demands of justice. That clusion disadvantageous to them this conduct was at least bad policy has been erroneo
eously drawn. Ire- events have demonstrated; for those land and Irishmen have been de- who have opposed the claims of Irescribed by foreigners and natives; and uniformly drew their arguments and, if we examine the circumstances from the imputed condition of the under which both have usually writ- people; and, while the existence of ten, we shall readily discover very misery was taken for granted, one sufficient reasons for not finding ascribed it to the evil genius of truth or judgment in the works of popery,' and another to national and either.
unconquerable indolence. Moderns, The former, with very few excep- however, have discovered that Irish
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