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gentleman, (looking towards Mr. Cleland) through my sides.”—Mr. Cleland got up, and walked off, without even making his bow; and Mr. Pollock, as if recollecting himself, became calm, and seemed uneasy ;
from having made a greater blunder here, than between the names “ Grattan" and “ Curran;" as the array had been twice challenged, at the Down assizes in 1797, on the alleged ground, that Mr. Cleland had given a partial pannel to the sheriff. Be this as it may, to this blunder I probably owed my dismissal, for a season, and return to my prison, in charge of the guard, which had conducted me to Mr. Pollock. Be it noted, however, that I was not dismissed, without the friendly assurance that, “ if I did not do what government expected, I would certainly be hanged-By the E-lg-d, I would."
This last sentence conveyed the ideas, that Mr. Pollock either had what he deemed sufficient evidence for my conviction, or was sure of procuring it; and that I might expect another interview with him, for some purpose or other. The former gave me little uneasiness; the latter was painful, principally, from the disgust excited by the insolence and vulgarity which I had experienced from the little great man,
While I was, in my own mind, anticipating this interview, on the same evening, I was interrupted by the entrance of a decent-looking countryman.' As he was an entire stranger, I asked his business. He said, it was only to speak a few words with me in private. On my retiring with him, to a corner of the room, lie told me, that he lived near Saintfield-that he had called on his neighbour, Nicholas Magin -and that Magin had told him of the information he had given against several people, and me, in particular--That, in the detail of information against me, he mentioned my being at the fairs of Killinchy and Saintfield, in the month of May-that, on this, he asked Mayin, what information he could give about Killinchy fair, as he was at home, all thut day, getting his barley sown.” Here, I interrupted my informant, by asking how, and what he knew about the barley. He answered, that
Magiu's barley ground was a bog-field-that if rain should come before it was sown, he was in danger of losing the benefit of the season that, to prevent this, as the weather was then dry, he had got some neighbours to assist him and, that he himself was with him from morning till night.” He told me many other particulars; among others that Magin said, “ he had given his information, on positive assurance that he would not be brought forward lo prosecute;
and that, at any rate, it could take no lives, as a great part of it was made up, to gain credit, and save himself.''*
of the truth of this intelligence, in part, I had satisfactory proof, in my second interview with Mr. Pollock, a very few days after. On entering his audience chamber, instead of a supernatural floridity of countenance and wan. dering eyes, I thought I perceived something like settled maliguity, as well as chagrin, in his Jooks. This idea was not removed by the language and tone in which he addressed me. 5. You know, Sir” said he, with a ferocious air, ^ wliat government expects from you; and, if
do not comply, by G-d I will hang you, before 12 o'clock to-morrow." This, I alleged, was yet impossible, as he would not venture on such a step without some sort of trial; which, I was sure, his then master would not dare to grant me; though it was what I most
ardently * Let this declaration be taken in connexion with those of the celebrated Newell and Bird, Agents and Correspondents of Lord Castlereagh, as published by themselves, and its truth will not be doubted. The latter charges all the villainies he committed to such assurance; and the former, not only does the same, but déclares from the bed of sickness, and, with the fear of death belore his eyes, that he made out his deadly list, as the price of his pardon, to imposé upon Lord Camden and the Irish government, to'whom he was introduced by Lord: Castlereagh, on the recommendation of Mr. Edward Cooke, hereafier to be mentioned.
ardently wişlred and intreated, and what I challenged him to institute. Whether provoked by the suggestion that he had a master, or from what other cause, I know not; but, for a moment, he seemed half-choaked by a paroxysm of rage; and, on recovering breath sufficient, exclaimed : “ You are dd confident.--By
I have information against you, sufficient to hang twenty men.” Then, setting his arms a kimbo, and affecting to look uncommonly big, he said, in the most insulting
Pray, do you know a Nicholas Magin, Sir? I suppose you never met him, at any committees, or other seditious meetings?” To this I answered, with all the composure of countenance, which I could command, that, ç I did know a Magin, but not that his name was Nicholas, till I saw him in prison; and that I never had been in his company, to my knowledge, at any meeting seditious, or not seditious, previous to his confinement." Oo this, he threw open a large book, which lay before him, in which the corners of many leaves were turned down; after inspecting which, he mentioned several places, and days, and demanded to know, whether I had not, there and then, attended seditious meetings. To this I answered, that, in some of these places, I had not been for several years, and that I had never attended any meeting of any kind, at any time, in any one of them. But that I had certainly been in Killinchy and Saintfield, on the days specified by him; and that Magin was sent, from the latter place, with a message about a horse: as I have before related. The sound of the word “ HORSE" seemed, for a moment, very much to affect him. But, recovering, he exclaimed: “ a horse! a horse! What the Devil sort of a horse." “ A horse" answered I, “able to carry my weight safely, either on the road, or across the country.” “Ay! Ay!" replied he, “ a charger for a General, I suppose! Now, pray, Sir, will you presume to say that you did not receive your commission, as a Rebe! General, at Killinchy, 'in presence of Magin?" To this I answered, that “ whether I did, or did not, receive such commission, it could not be in presence of Magin, as he was not in Killinchy on that day, or within several miles of it. He was at home sowing barley, and several of his neighbours were assisting him, from morning till night.”. After strutting, once or twice, across the room, he once more inspected his book, then swore, in great agitation, half aside) “ that cannot be.” Seeing him thos agitated, I told him coolly, “that it was so;” and begged him to send for Magin; and, “ if he did not acknowledge the fact, on allowing me twenty-four hours, I would prove it to his face.” On his declining this, I added, you will give me a memorandum of the places and times you have mentioned, I will expose