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FRASER'S

MAGAZINE.

JANUARY 1873.

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ADDRESS BY J. A. FROUDE, DELIVERED NOVEMBER 30, IN. THE ASSOCIATION HALL, NEW YORK. ADIES AND GENTLEMEN: If my it is equally desirable that the Irish

object in coming to this country should know it, and a bridge of was to draw attention to the Irish solid fact be laid across the gulf subject, I may so far be said to have that divides us. succeeded. I have succeeded also, A subject of this kind can only beyond my expectation, in eliciting usefully be treated from the plata counter-statement containing the form if the audience will bear their opinions of the Irish people them- share of the burden, if they will selves on their past history, the test by reference what they hear, most complete, the most symmetri. compare evidence, and analyse it. cal, the most thoroughgoing which You will learn more from the books has yet been given to the world. to which I shall refer

you
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you The successive positions taken by can learn from me in the time for Father Burke have been long fami- which I shall address you. I shall liar to me, some in one book and myself venture to indicate the parsome in another. But nowhere ticulars where Father Burke's narhave so many of them been com- ration specially needs examination, bined so artistically, and not till and refor you to authorities. That now have they been presented in an Irisliman's view should be difwhat may be called an authorita- ferent from an Englishman's view tire form. Father Burke regrets is natural and inevitable; but the that I should have obliged him to difference must be limited by facts, reopen wounds which he would which

easily ascertainable. have preferred to have left closed. When they are not ascertainable I conceive, on the other hand, that elsewhere, as, for instance, when a wound is never healed so long as Father Burke attributes words to there is misunderstanding. Eng- me which I never uttered, I shall land and Ireland can approach each venture to speak with authority. other only on the basis of truth, and I must throw off with a point of so long as Irish children are fed this kind. The Father says I have with the story which Father Burke come to America to ask for the has so eloquently told, so long they extraordinary verdict that England must regard England with eyes of has been right in the manner in atter detestation, until full atone- which she bas treated Ireland for ment be made for past wrongs. If 700 years. Considering that I have Father Burke's account is true, let drawn a heavier indictment against England know it, look it in the face, England in the course of my lecand acknowledge it. If it be an tures than she will probably thank illusion, or tissue of illusions, then me for, considering that I have

VOL. VII.-NO, XXXVII, NEW SERIES.

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