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The author requests that the following errors may be corrected before the volume is read.
Page 142, line 7, for coat-card, read court-card.
160, 7th line from bottom, for huasimus, read hausimus.
209, last line but one, for in, read an.
245, line 2, for Cremier, read Crémieux.
278, 7th line from bottom, for Panic, read Punic.
29, 13th line from bottom, for le, read la.
279, 10th line from bottom, for condition, read constitution.
303, (at the heading,) for Plutarch, read Petrarch.
338, line 9, for du, read da.
341, line 12, for dia, read diu.
344, 5th line from bottom, expunge the word third.
4th line from bottom, introduce the word third, between the and volume.
358, 4th line from bottom, for 1821, read 1822.
384, line 4, for ὑπὸ read ὑπο
448, line 6, for In, read t.
452, line 6, for to, read of.
459, line 18, for Bertand, read Bertrand.
518, last line but one, for decepton, read deceptum.
598, (Index,) second column, 10th line from bottom, for i. 518.
read ii. 413.
In vol. i. page 284, second line of note, for the junior of Shakspere, read senior.
CRITICAL ESSAYS OF AN OCTOGENARIAN.
O'CONOR'S MILITARY HISTORY OF IRELAND.*
The Military History of the Irish Nation, comprising a Memoir of the Irish Brigade, in the service of France. By the late MATTHEW O'CONOR, Esq., Barrister-at-Law. 8vo. Dublin, 1845.
THE want of some such work as this has long been felt in Ireland. While so many single regiments and individual warriors have had their glories told, the deeds of a gallant nation, displayed on the only field open in conscience or honour to her true-born sons and her genuine representatives, have remained either entirely uncelebrated, or little known, and spoken of with grudging and partial acknowledgment of obligation, even where most due. The Swiss, the Scotch, and the Germans, have borne mercenary arms as traders in blood, at the solicitation of every sovereign power, unurged by principle and impelled by no imperative call of duty
"Nulla fides, pietasque viris qui castra sequuntur,
Lucan x., 404, 5.
This article, here considerably enlarged, first appeared in the Dublin Review, No. XXXVIII.
But the Irish, proscribed as aliens at home,* reduced to desperation by the denial of all justice, and by the pressure of every device of tyrannous ingenuity, had only to choose between the most ignoble bondage in the land of their birth, or a foreign sphere of action, where, if not always requited in the just measure of their deserts, their energies, unparalysed by oppression, lay not dormant or inert. Yet, of their consequent exploits, spread over the surface of Europe, no adequate or comprehensive record existed.
Mr. O'Conor undertook to supply this national desideratum; but death unfortunately intercepted the enterprise in its progressive course, and prevented its completion. The "Military History" is a posthumous publication, and, judging from its title and preface, does not seem to have passed through the hands of any competent literary friend before it went to press. Hence, while it contains a great deal that is extremely valuable, it is neither a complete work, nor, as might be anticipated in the circumstances under which it is published, free from inaccuracy. We shall endeavour, in the following pages, to supply some of its omissions, and thus convey to the reader, as far as may be possible within our prescribed limits, a summary view of the interesting subject which Mr. O'Conor proposed to illustrate.
His work does not extend further than the peace of Utrecht in 1713; nor does it include, as the larger promise of the title would imply, the martial feats of the Irish, beyond their engagement to France, with the exception of a short chapter appropriated to the contest with Elizabeth, at the close of the sixteenth
* “ ὡσεί τιν' ατίμητον μετανάστην.”—Iliad ix., 644.