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APPENDIX.

to be just while she may be so with dignity and pride. May she never force Ireland to imitate America, — O'Connell

According to principles of computation which appear to be extremely moderate, the quantity of gold and silver that has been regularly entered in the ports of Spain is equal in value to four millions sterling annually, reckoning from the year 1492, in which America was discovered, to the present time. This in 283 years amounts to £1,132,000,000. Immense as this sum is, the Spanish writers contend that as much more ought to be added, in consideration of treasure which has been extracted from the mines and imported fradulently into Spain without paying duty to the king. By this account, Spain has drawn from the New World a supply of wealth amounting at least to 2,000,000,000 of pounds sterling. — Robertson's History of America.

M. H. GILL AND SON, PRINTERS, DUBLIN.