SCULLY, Denys. An Irish Catholic’s Advice to his Brethren, how to estimate their present situation, and repel French Invasion, Civil Wars, and Slavery. Second edition, revised by the author, with a preface and notes.
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Dublin, Printed by H. Fitzpatrick, 1804. Octavo. pp. xliv, 73. Neat library stamp on titlepage. COPAC with 2 locations only. Bound with: An Irish Catholic’s Advice to his Brethren, how to estimate their present situation, and repel French Invasion, Civil Wars, and Slavery. A new edition. With a preface notes, and an appendix, by a Member of the Imperial Parliament. Dublin & London, Mahon & Gordon, 1803. pp. , 100. COPAC with 2 locations only. Bound with: A Letter to the Right Honourable William Wickham, Chief Secretary to His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and one of His Majesty’s most Honourable Privy Council, & on the subject of Mr. Scully’s Advice to his Catholic Brethren. By a Yeoman [Sir William Cusack Smith]. Third edition, with additions. Dublin, for R.E. Mercier, 1803. pp. 65, . COPAC with 2 locations only. Bound with: A Yeoman’s [Sir William Cusack Smith]Second Letter to the Right Honourable William Wickham, one of His Majesty’s most Honourable Privy Council. Occasioned by the second edition of an Irish Catholic’s Advice to his Brethren. Dublin, for R.E. Mercier, 1804. pp. 91, . COPAC with 2 locations only. Bound with: The Animated Address of the Right Honorable John P. Curran, Master of the Rolls, to the Independent Electors of Newry, on the late Contested Election. Dublin: Haydock, 1812. pp. 16. COPAC locates the TCD copy only.
Bound with: [Hargrave O’Brien]. Reflections on the Lieutenancy of the Marquess Wellesley, in a Letter to a Friend. London: John Murray, 1824. pp. , 112, . Includes two pages of booksellers’ advertisements. COPAC with 5 locations only. Bound with: List of the Voters at an Election held on the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th days of December, 1832, to elect two representatives for the University of Dublin, in Parliament. Dublin: Richard Moore Tims, 1833. pp. 32. COPAC with 2 locations only. Seven pamphlets uniformly bound in modern brown cloth. Some foxing and browning. A very good copy. Dublin & London: Fitzpatrick, Tims, Haydock; & Murray, 1804/1833. Octavo. pp. xliv, 72. Green pebbled cloth, title in gilt on spine. Some marginal corrections in ink possibly by the author. Foxing to prelims. All edges gilt. A very good copy.
Denys Scully (1773-1830), political writer and champion of Catholic emancipation, was the eldest surviving son of James Scully, a landed proprietor of Kilfeacle, County Tipperary, and his wife Catherine Lyons, of Croome House, Limerick. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1794, and seems to have been the second Catholic student admitted for two hundred years. After a short residence he left without graduating, and studied for the Irish bar, of which he became a member in 1796. He practised on the Leinster circuit and was very successful until delicate health compelled him to retire. He became known as one of the leading Catholic agitators, and joined the important deputation which was appointed in February 1805 to wait upon Pitt with a petition to the House of Commons for emancipation. Pitt declined to present the petition, but Fox and Granville consented, and laid it before the house on 25 March. Scully prepared a famous ‘Statement of the Penal Laws,’ which appeared in 1812, and resulted in the prosecution of the printer, Hugh Fitzpatrick, who was fined £200 and imprisoned for eighteen months. During the French wars Denys Scully served in the Lawyers’ Corps of Yeomanry. He was critical of the rebellion of Robert Emmet and published this pamphlet urging his fellow countrymen to oppose the French.
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