be the Recorder
of a city or town; an advocate in the spiritual courts; Sheriff
of a county, city, or town; Sub-Sheriff
; Lord Lieutenant
, Lord Deputy, or other governor of Ireland
; Lord High Treasurer
of a county; Privy Councillor
; Postmaster General
of the Exchequer or Secretary of State
; Vice Treasurer
of the Exchequer; Keeper of the Privy Seal
or Auditor General
; Provost or Fellow of Dublin University; nor Lord Mayor
of a corporate city or town.
He could not be a member of a parish vestry, nor bequeath any sum of money or any lands for the maintenance of a clergyman, or for the support of a chapel or a school; and in corporate towns he was excluded from the grand juries.
commenced his labors for emancipation with the strong conviction that nothing short of the united exertions of the Irish people could overthrow the power of the existing government, and that a union of action could only be obtained by the establishment of something like equality between the different religious parties.
Discarding all other than peaceful means for the accomplishment of his purpose, he placed himself and his followers beyond the cognizance of unjust and oppressive laws.
Wherever he poured the oil of his eloquence upon the maddened spirits of his wronged and insulted countrymen, the mercenary soldiery found no longer an excuse for violence; and calm, firm, and united, the Catholic Association
remained secure in the moral strength of its pure and peaceful purpose, amid the bayonets of a Tory administration.
His influence was felt in all parts