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to this noble defendant, and his honourable defence; the wretched woman is to be successively the victim of seduction, and of slander. She,

She, it seems, received marked attentions. Here, I confess, I felt myself not a little at a loss. The witnesses could not describe what these marked attentions were, or are. They consisted not, if you believe the witness that swore to them, in any personal approach or contact whatsoever

, nor in any unwarrantable topicks of discourse. Of what materials then were they composed? Why, it seems, a gentleman had the insolence at table, to propose to her a glass of wine, and she, oh most abandoned lady! instead of Aying like an angry parrot, at his head, and besmirching and bescratching him for his insolence, tamely and basely replies: “port, sir, if you please.” But gentlemen, why do I advert to this fol. ly, this nonsense ? Not surely to vindicate from censure, the most innocent and the most delightful intercourse of social kindness, of harmless and cheerful courtesy ;

“ where virtue is, these are most virtuous But I am soliciting your attention, and your feeling, to the mean and odious aggravation-to the unblushing and remorseless barbarity, of falsely aspers, ing the wretched woman he had undone.

One good he has done, he has disclosed to you the point in which he can feel; for, how imperious must that ava. rice be, which could resort to so vile an expedient of frugality? Yes, I will say, that with the common feelings of a man, he would have rather suffered his 30,000 a year, to go as compensation to the plaintiff

, than saved a shilling of it by so vile an expedient of economy. He would rather have starved with her in a jail, he would rather have sunk with her into the ocean, than have so vilified her than have so de. graded himself. But it seems, gentlemen, and indeed you have been told, that long as the course of his galSantries has been, and he has grown gray in the service, it is the first time he has been called upon damages. To how many might it have been fortunate, if he had not that impunity to boast? Your verdict will

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guilt, that is built upon impunity. The devil, it seems, has saved the noble marquis harmless in the past; but your verdict will tell him the term of that indemnity is expired, that his old friend and banker, has no more effects in his hands, and that if he draws any more upon him, he must pay his own bills himself. You will do much good by doing so. You may not enlighten his conscience, nor touch his heart, but his frugality will understand the hint. It will adopt the prudence of age, and deter him from pursuits, in which, though he may be insensible of shame, he will not be regardless of expense. You will do more, you will not only punish him in his tender point, but you will weaken him in his strong one, his money.

We have heard much of this noble lord's wealth, and much of his exploits, but not much of his accomplishments or his wit. I know not that his verses have soared even to the poet's corner. I have heard it said that an ass laden with gold, could find his way through the gate of the strongest city. But gentlemen, lighten the load upon his back, and you will completely curtail the mischievous faculty of a grave animal, whose momentum lies not in his agility, but his weight, not in the quantity of motion, but the quantity of his matter.

There is another ground, on which you are called upon to give most liberal damages, and that has been laid by the unfeeling vanity of the defendant. This business has been marked by the most elaborate publicity. It is very clear that he has been allured by the glory of the chace, and not the value of the game. The poor object of his pursuit, could be of no value to him, or he could not have so wantonly, and cruelly, and unnecessarily abused her. He might easily have kept this unhappy intercourse, an unsuspected secret. Even if he wished for her elopement, he might easily have so contrived it, that the place of her retreat would be profoundly undiscoverable; yet, though even the expense, a point so tender to his delicate sensibility, of concealing, could not be a one fortieth of the cost of publishing her, his vanity decided him in favour of glory and publicity. By that election he has in fact put forward the Irish nation, and its character, so often, and so variously calumniated, upon its trial before the tribunal of the empire; and your verdict will this day decide, whether an Irish jury, can feel with justice, and spirit, upon a subject that involves conjugal affection and comfort, domestick honour and repose--the certainty of issue the weight of publick opinion---the gilded and presumptuous criminality of overweening rank and station. I doubt not, but he is at this moment reclined on a silken sopha, anticipating that submissive and modest verdict, by which you will lean gently on his errours; and expecting, from your patriotism, no doubt, that you will think again, and again, before you condemn any great portion of the immense revenue of a great absentee, to be detained in the nation that produced it, instead of being transmitted, as it ought, to be expended in the splendour of another country. He is now probably waiting for the arrival of the report of this day, which I understand a famous note-taker has been sent hither to collect. (Let not the gentleman be disturbed.) Gentlemen, let me assure you, it is more, much more the trial of you, than of the noble marquis, of which this imported recorder, is at this moment collecting the materials. His noble employer is now expecting a report to the following effect : “ Such a day came on to be tried at Ennis, by a special jury, the cause of Charles Massy, against the most noble, the marquis of Headfort.

It appear. ed, that the plaintiff's wife, was young, beautiful, and captivating The plaintiff himself, a person, fond of this beautiful creature, to distraction, and both doating on their child; but the noble marquis approached her ; the plume of glory nodded on his head. Not the goddess Minerva, but the goddess Venus had lighted upon his casque, “ the fire that never tires -such as many a lady gay had been dazzled with before.” At the first advance she trembled, at the second slie struck to the redoubted son of Mars, and pupil of Venus. The jury saw it was not his fault;

(it was an Irish jury) they felt compassion for the tenderness of the mother's heart, and for the warmth of the lover's passion. The jury saw on the one side a young entertaining gallant, on the other a beauteous creature, of charms irresistible. They recollected, that Jupiter had been always successful in his amours, although Vulcan had not always escaped some awkward accidents. The jury was composed of fathers, brothers, husbands—but they had not the vulgar jealousy, that views little things of that sort with rigour, and wishing to assimilate their country in every respect to England, now that they are united to it, they, like English gentlemen, returned to their box, with a verdict of sixpence damages and sixpence costs." Let this be sent to England. I promise you, your odious secret will not be kept better than that of the wretched Mrs. Massy. There is not a bawdy chronicle in London, in which the epitaph, which you would have written on yourselves, will not be published, and our enemies will delight in the spectacle of our precious depravity, in seeing that we can be rotten before we are ripe. I do not suppose it, I do not, cannot, will not believe it. I will not har. row up myself with the anticipated apprehension.

There is another consideration, gentlemen, which I think most imperiously, demands even a vindictive award of exemplary damages, and that is the breach of hospitality. To us peculiarly does it belong to avenge the violation of its altar. The hospitality of other countries is a matter of necessity or convention : in savage nations of the first, in polished of the latter : but the hospitality of an Irishman is not the running account of posted and legered courtesies, as in other countries ;-it springs like all his qualities,

his faults, his virtues-directly from his heart. The heart of an Irishman is by nature bold, and he confides; it is tender, and he loves; it is generous, and he gives; it is social, and he is hospitable. This sacrilegious intruder has prophaned the religion of that sacred altar so elevated in our worship, so precious to our devotion; and it is our privilege to

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the crime. You must either pull down the altar, and abolish the worship, or you must preserve its sanctity undebased. There is no alternative be. tween the universal exclusion of all mankind from your threshold, and the most rigorous punishment of him who is admitted and betrays. This defendant has been so trusted, has so betrayed, and you ought to make him a most signal example.

Gentlemen, I am the more disposed to feel the strongest indignation and abhorrence at this odious conduct of the defendant, when I consider the deplorable condition to which he has reduced the plaintiff, and perhaps the still more deplorable one that he has in prospect before him. What a progress has he to travel through, before he can attain the peace and tranquillity which he has lost? How like the wounds of the body are those of the mind! How burning the fever! How painful the suppuration! How slow, how hesitating, how relapsing the process to convalescence! Through what a variety of suffering, what new scenes and changes, must my unhappy client pass, ere he can reattain, should he ever re. attain, that health of soul of which he has been de. spoiled, by the cold and deliberate machinations of this practised and gilded seducer? If, instead of drawing upon his incalculable wealth for a scanty retribution, you were to stop the progress of his despicable achievments by reducing him to actual poverty, you could not even so, punish-him beyond the scope of his offence, nor reprise the plaintiff be. yond the measure of his suffering. Let me remind you, that in this action, the law not only empowers you, but that its policy commands you to consider the publick example, as well as the individual injury, when you adjust the amount of your verdict. I confess I am most anxious that you should acquit yourselves worthily upon this important occasion. addressing you as fathers, husbands, brothers. anxious that a feeling of those high relations should enter into, and give dignity to your verdict. But I confess it, I feel a tenfold solicitude when I remem

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