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Memoirs of Gen. Thomas Francis Meagher: Comprising the Leading Events of His Career Chronologically Arranged, With Selections From His Speeches, .

ISBN: 9781331106715
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Publication Date: 2017-02-10
Number of pages: 550
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Excerpt from Memoirs of Gen. Thomas Francis Meagher: Comprising the Leading Events of His Career Chronologically Arranged, With Selections From His Speeches, Lectures and Miscellaneous Writings, Including Personal Reminiscences

In undertaking to write a memoir of Thomas Francis Meagher, I have been actuated, in the first place, by a desire to pay a tribute of affectionate respect to the memory of an illustrious fellow-countryman, a patriot of whom I had been an enthusiastic admirer since boyhood - and with whose confidence I was honored from the moment of our first personal acquaintance, in 1848, to the day on which he left New York for Montana - in the summer of 1865.

In the next place, I wished to enable the present generation of young men of Irish birth or blood, to estimate this gifted scion of their race as their fathers - his contemporaries - did, by placing before them a record comprising the leading events of his career, compiled from various authentic sources of information - and in which will be found selections from his speeches, lectures, and miscellaneous writings, together with such personal reminiscences as may serve to add somewhat to the interest of the book - through what little side-light they throw upon his history, and the glimpses they reveal of his genuine Irish nature.

I was, furthermore, influenced to enter upon this labor of love by the reflection that, while treating of the national movement in Ireland, in 1848, - in which undertaking it was my purport to make Thomas Francis Meagher the central figure - I could, by recording my personal recollections of some of Mr. Meagher's most distinguished compatriots, and of current events - as they transpired under my observation, both in Dublin and the South of Ireland contribute some interesting facts to the, hitherto, unwritten history of that memorable year.

Whether I have executed my self-imposed task in a satisfactory manner or otherwise, my readers must decide. I…

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