Memoirs of William Sampson


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CONTRAST
Declarations and Tests of United Irishmen.

Original Declaration of United Irishmen.

"We pledge ourselves to endeavor, by all due means, to obtain a complete and radical reform of the representation of the people in Parliament, including Irishmen of every religious persuasion."

LATTER TEST OF UNITED IRISHMEN

After the insurrection act had made the former obligation a felony, and secrecy became necessary to self-preservation.

"IN THE AWFUL PRESENCE OF GOD,

I do voluntarily declare, that I will persevere in endeavoring to form a brotherhood of affection among IRISHMEN of every religious persuasion; and that I will also persevere in my endeavors to obtain an equal, full and adequate representation of all the people of Ireland. I do further declare, that neither hopes, fears, rewards or punishments, shall ever induce me, directly or indirectly, to inform on, or give evidence against, my member of members of this or similar societies, for any act or expression of theirs, done or made collectively or individually, in or out of this society, in pursuance of the spirit of this obligation."

> That the oath to exterminate should be loyal, and the oath to promote religious reconciliation, treasonable, could happen only under the government of England."

 


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