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LIFE AND TIMES

OF

ROBERT EMMET, ESQ.

BY

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R. R. MADDEN, M.D., M.R.I.A.,

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Author of "The Lives and Times of the United Irishmen," &c. &c.

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PUBLISHED BY JAMES DUFFY,

10, WELLINGTON QUAY.

1847. W

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PREFACE.

In presenting to the public, in a separate form, the Life of Robert Emmet, the only apology I feel it necessary to make for its re-appearance, is that the Publisher desires it, and that I believe his estimate of the interest taken in the subject of this volune is not an erroneous one.

In the Appendix will be found some additional matter, in relation to the last illness and death, and illustrative of the character of that gentle beiny—the amiable, the devoted, the idolized object of the affec. tions of Robert Emmet. In the extracts from one of the letters that will be found there, we have not only the inmost thoughts, but the very traces of the pale sorrow-stricken features of the young, innocent, forlorn creature-of a crushed spirit "so shocked and driven in” by the horrors of the fate of the object of her first and early love, and the desolation of all her hopes—the poor, woe-begone wanderer from homethe fond and faithful girl of the broken heart—Sarah Curran. There is not in Ireland the memory of womankind, that has such a hold on the affections of people, high and low, as that of Sarah Curran. 1 There have been among the United Irishmen persons, perhaps, of greater intellectual powers than Robert Emmet, better qualified certainly, to carry into successful execution very great designs-and Theobald Wolfe Tone pre-eminently was these—but none of them so extensively, so perman

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