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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    The Courier Oct 11, 1798 IRELAND. Dublin, Aug 11. Extract of a letter from Kilkenny, August 8. The vast numbers of countrymen in this county, who came in last
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      The Courier
      Oct 11, 1798

      Dublin, Aug 11.
      Extract of a letter from Kilkenny, August 8.
      "The vast numbers of countrymen in this county, who came in last week to
      profit of the proclamation of amnesty, exceeded that of any former week by some
      thousands. In some parts the Magistrates appointed to receive their submission,
      are entirely employed to that happy duty - we have good authority to state that
      in the neighbourhood of Callin alone, upwards of eight hundred and fifty men
      have brought in their arms and obtained forgiveness and protection.
      The farmers in this neighbourhood have begun to get in the harvest, which,
      thank Heaven, was never finer or more abundant. The number of reapers who
      attended on Sunday in the Market place, to be hired for the weeks reaping, were
      as numerous as in any former time of profound tranquility, and the price of
      labor more than usually moderate- striking proofs of confidence in the wisdom of
      government and of perfect recovery from their late frenzy.
      On Monday last a general Court Martial was held at Limerick for the trial of
      Horatio Townshend Orpen, and Samuel Orpen, Esqs. of the county of Kerry, charged
      with aiding and assisting in the late rebellion. The prosecution closed on
      Tuesday evening, when the court adjourned to Thursday, on which day Messrs.
      Orpen were to go to their defence.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
    • Cathy Joynt Labath
      Federal Gazette November 24, 1798 DUBLIN, September 25. Holt, it appears by the latest accounts, is moving with a large body up towards Wexford. The daring of
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        Federal Gazette
        November 24, 1798

        DUBLIN, September 25.
        "Holt, it appears by the latest accounts, is moving with a large body up
        towards Wexford. The daring of this marauder is beyond example. He on Sunday
        last sent a letter into the town of Arklow, to inform the inhabitants he
        would speedily be among them; and that he would not spare a single Orangeman
        in the town.
        " A party of the king's county militia were yesterday overtaken at the
        Blackrock, on their route from Wicklow, where they have been a long time
        quartered, by two of Holt's emissaries, who sat drinking with them till four
        this morning, and endeavoring to induce them to break their oath of
        allegiance, by joining their brother soldiers in Holt's camp. Mr. Justice
        Bective, who resides there, having received timely information on the
        subject, had them both apprehended, and they were brought up to town under a
        military escort, and lodged in Kilmainham gaol.
        "Government, it is said, have this day received information from Cork of
        the appearance of a French fleet off the coast."

        September 26.
        "The post boy who drives the Wicklow mail, arrived in town at 6 this
        morning, with his cart empty, having met on his way a body of about 50
        rebels, near Newry-bridge. He says they were all well armed, most of them
        having muskets, which he describes as quite bright, and appearing as if they
        belonged to the army. Most of the men wore uniforms. On their stopping him,
        they bid him prepare for death; he then threw himself on his knees, and
        continued praying for half an hour, whilst they were securing the letters,
        &c. which, some of them observed, would be a great acquisition to Mr. Holt,
        in conveying him intelligence of the designs of the enemy. After they had
        plundered the cart, one of them proposed burning it, which the rest did not
        seem willing to confess to. They then permitted the boy to proceed to town,
        without doing him any injury.
        "This day general Lake, accompanied by colonel Meade, arrived in town
        from Wicklow.
        "Military operations have at length commenced against the rebels in the
        province of Connaught. An engagement had taken place with the rebels at
        Grange, near Sligo, wherein, it is said, near 150 of these deluded men were
        cut off. On Saturday last two regiments of militia, a party of the Frazer
        fencibles, the Castlebar and the Tyrawly yeomanry, marched from Castlebar to
        attack the rebels, who have yet possession of Killala, Westport, Newport,
        &c. and are in very great numbers through the mountainous parts of that
        country. The latter corps acted as guides on the occasion. A report was
        prevalent this evening, that this army had defeated the rebels and recovered
        possession of those towns. They had 16 miles of the country to march, before
        they entertained hopes of coming up with them.
        "Nine o'clock - I have just now learnt that the rebels at Killala have
        suffered a total defeat from general Trench, who commands in the place of
        general Hutchinson; several thousands are reported to have been put to the
        sword; no quarter was given except to some of their leaders, who are
        reserved for a public examination. Killala, Ballina, &c, &c. have been taken
        possession of by the king's troops. Several Frenchmen were taken and the
        bishop of Killala happily rescued from the hands of the rebels; his life, it
        is said, was spared by the interference of a French officer. Such is the
        report of this evening, which is generally spoken of, and generally credited
        in all circles."

        Albany Centinel
        November 30, 1798

        We are happy (says the Daily Advertiser) to hear from Dublin, that
        tranquility is going on as heretofore. As danger and disaffection are
        wearing away, suspicion is becoming less vindictive and general in her
        action; and although some few continue to be taken up, the charges must be
        well substantiated. The features of martial law are softening down fast;
        people may walk the streets after 9 o'clock in the evening, without being
        challenged by a Sentinel, and the Castle has ceased to become a fortress.
        And so general is the restoration of a peaceable submission to order and the
        laws through every part of Ireland, that the Generals of the several
        districts have written to the commander of the yeomanry corps, announcing
        the state of the country to be such, that there no longer existed occasion
        for their continuance on permanent duty.

        Federal Galaxy
        December 18, 1798

        Dublin, Sept. 20.
        Renewed Invasion of Ireland.

        On the morning of Sunday last, the 16th inst. the French national brig
        Anacreon, having on board Gen. Ray and James Napper Tandy, chief de brigade,
        appeared off the little town and island of Rutland, on the north west coast
        of the county of Donegal, a place so utterly unnoticed, save for its
        convenience to the herring fishery, as not to be defended by a single
        soldier. About 8 o'clock the crew of the brig landed; they were for the most
        part Irishmen, and anxiously solicited information concerning the French
        army landed at Killala; Nothing could equal their dejection when they were
        told not only that the whole French force had been destroyed or captured,
        but that they had been joined by comparatively very few of their Irish rebel
        friends. Tandy was particularly dejected. The Anacreon was laden with many
        stand of arms to supply those who should join the French army; but such was
        the caution or terror of the country people that as soon as the French
        appeared they retired to the mountains.
        Gen. Tandy endeavoured ,but with little success, to persuade the
        fishermen of Rutland, that he and his friends came to deliver them from
        their oppressors.
        The general then issued two manifestoes, in order to convey his meaning
        more explicitly to the inhabitants of Rutland; these manifestoes, written
        and printed at Paris, had little or no effect.

        Cathy Joynt Labath
        Ireland Old News
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