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“ Be it known to all who are urrier the dominion of bereticks that they are set free from

every tie of fidelity and duty to them; all catbs or joteran agreements to the contrary notwitho

ftanding."

DECRET. Greg. lib. 5. tit. 7.

LONDON:

Priated, and published for the Proprietors, by J Halis, at the Anti-Jacobin Press

No. 22, Old Bcfweil-court, Strand,

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TO

ALEXANDER THE FIRST,

EMPEROR OF ALL THE RUSSIAS,

THIS VOLUME

IS MOST RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED,

AS A

TESTIMONY OF GRATITUDE AND ESTEEM

FOR THE

GLORIOUS EXAMPLE WHICH HE HAS SET

TO ALL THE

SOVEREIGNS OF EUROPE,

AND FOR

THE MAGNANIMOUS EFFORTS WHICH HE HAS DISPLAYED

IN DEFENCE OF THEIR

RIGHTS AND INDEPENDENCE.

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ANTI-JACOBIN

Review and Magazine,

&c. &c. &c.

For SEPTEMBER, 1805.

Is demum profectò vitam æquè lance pensitabit, qui semper fragilitatis humanæ memor fuerit. Plin.

ORIGINAL CRITICISM.

Strictures upon an Historical Review of the State of Ireland, by Francis

Plowden, Esq. or a Justification of the Conduct of the English Government in that country, from the Reign of Henry 11. to the Union of Great Britain and Ireland, London. Rivingtons. Svo. Pp. 233. 75. 6d. 1804.

, be necessary to make a few preliminary observations on the state of Ireland, and to point cut to the reader the nature and origin of the work which is the subject of its animadversions, and the mo. tives of its author. For nearly two centuries and a half, the Irish Roman Catholics have endeavoured to separate their native country from England, and to banish or extirpate such of the English as had settled in it, except during the short period that they laboured under penal restrictions. As Spain was the most powerful state in Europe, in the fixteenth century, and bore the moit invenomed hoftility to England, they solicited her assistance to accomplish these purposes, and, in the reign of Elizabeth, they introduced five Spanish armies into Ireland, which reduced it to a most wceful state of desolation. Ever since France has become formidable to Europe, under the au. spices of Richlieu, Mazarine and Colbert, they have fought her alliance and protection to make their native country ir.dependent of England; and at no period have they manifested so much zeal to do fo, as fince, by the repeal of the penal laws, they have been adNO. LXXXVII. VOL. XXII.

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