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00 she entered into a constitutional union with England on the basis of articles of agreement, jointly accepted by the two parliaments. Annual Register, XLII., p. 190 The union was opposed at the time by a powerful minority in Ireland, and Mr. O'Connell succeeded, thirty years later, by ardent appeals to the sensibilities of the people, in producing an almost unanimous desire for its dissolution. He professed, however, although he had wrought his countrymen to the verge of rebellion, to aimntered into the union, it was competent for her at her discretion to secede from it. What would our English friends, who have learned from our Secessionists the inherent right of a disaffected State to secede from our Union, have thought, had Mr. O'Connell, in the paroxysms of his agitation, claimed the right on the part of Ireland, by her own act, to sever her union with England? Again, in 1706, Scotland and England formed a Constitutional Union. They also, though subject to the same monar