SCULLY, Denys. A Statement of the Penal Laws, which aggrieve the Catholics of Ireland. With Commentaries. Two parts in one volume.


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Second edition, enlarged. Dublin: H. Fitzpatrick, 1812. Octavo. pp. xxvi, [2], 138, [1], 139-370. Contemporary full calf, title in gilt on morocco letterpiece on spine. Previous owner’s signature on titlepage. A very good copy. Scarce. €375 Denys Scully, the author of this anonymously published work, was a native of Tipperary and a leading Catholic advocate. In this work it was stated that one Barry, who had been executed at Kilkenny in 1810, when the Duke of Richmond was Viceroy, was an innocent man and that there had been a grave perversion of justice in his trial. The publisher Hugh Fitzpatrick was brought to court for this assertion, and although he was defended by Daniel O’Connell and Peter Burrowes, the latter described the defendant as an old man who had industriously carried on the business of bookselling and printing for forty years. Although Scully turned up in court and offered to reveal the identity of the author, if the Attorney-General would undertake to have Barry’s case investigated, this was to no avail, Fitzpatrick was fined and imprisoned.
With chapters on: The Laws which peculiarly affect the Catholic Clergy, Houses of Worship, SchoolHouses and other Charitable Foundations: The Laws which deny to the Catholics the right of sitting and voting in either House of Parliament - and herein of the Elective Franchise; The Laws which exclude the Catholics from Offices in Cities and Towns corporate; The Catholics not eligible to Offices, connected with the Profession and Administration of Laws; The Catholics disqualified from Offices in the Army and Navy, and disturbed in exercising their Religion; The Catholics disqualified from various other Offices, not already classed. [TVR 9B]


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