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1896. Excerpt: ... of 6 George I., thus restoring to Ireland the
Court of Final Judicature. This decision was communicated in the
following May to the Parliament at Dublin, which then passed bills
regulating Acts of Parliament, the Habeas Corpus Act, the repeal of
"Poynings' Law," and of the perpetual Mutiny Bill; securing also
the Final Judicature, the freedom of election, the independence of
the Judges, partly permitting Iloman Catholics to acquire land by
purchase, and relieving them from some of their disabilities. The
Parliament, also, notwithstanding opposition by the spiritual
Peers, repealed the act for the "Sacramental test," by which
Protestant Dissenters had been long aggrieved. Referring to the
difficulties which he experienced in reconciling the members of the
Peerage in Ireland to the restoration of their own privileges,
Grattan observed: --"I carried the Lords upon my back; and a
heavier load I hever bore. I could never have got them to move, if
it had not been for the bayonets of the Volunteers." In this
session, Beauchamp Bagenal, member for Carlow, proposed that
100,000 should be granted as a national gift to Grattan, at whose
friends' request the vote was limited to half that amount. The
House of Commons having resolved itself into a committee to take
into consideration what sum of money might be proper to grant for
the purpose of purchasing an estate, and building a mansion, to be
settled on Henry Grattan, voted, on May '6l, 1782, 50,000, to be
laid out in the purchase of lands in Ireland, to be settled on him
and his heirs, in testimony of the gratitude of the nation for his
eminent and unequalled services to this kingdom. The "simple
repeal" of the declaratory statute of George I. satisfied
Charlemont and Grattan; but Flood and many others o...
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