June 14, 1834.
Really, one would be led to suppose, from the tone and language used in the Popish press, that the possessors of the Irish soil, the representatives of the wealth, education, and intelligence of the country, were a paltry and contemptible clan of mean and insignificant serfs, without the possession of one capability - numbers, courage, arms or organisation - competent to effect any great or national object.
The Morning Register - one of the O’Connell journals - is excessively angry with us, at attempting to raise what it is pleased to term a “war-hoop”, intended for the special benefit of the Orangemen. Would that it came to this; for prone as we are to peace, and great as are the sacrifices we should be disposed to make for its attainment, we are morally convinced that there will never be rest for Ireland until the Romanists, whom too much indulgence hath been made, are soundly and effectually drubbed.
But who is to achieve this desirable work for the good of the empire? These self same despised and undervalued Protestants. What! And against all the millions? Aye, marry, against all the millions! The same heroic valour, the same confidence, and that identical spirit which achieved the victories of Aughrim and the Boyne, although it may have slept, is not dead; and sure we are that there is not a thorough or true-hearted Protestant in the land who would not take the field tomorrow with the most perfect and well assured confidence.