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Correspondence | [1860]
Transcription ordinary censure and satire fail, when indignation, and scorn, and hate, and
patriotism, and every proud and noble passion find language inadequate to
express their loathing of the meanness, the lying, the brutality, the
cowardice, and the crime, which characterize Abolitionism in its course of
conduct in the South. Still, though we feel that the satire falls utterly short of
its object, we are not the less to do it justice as a wholesome patriotic poem;
full of proper thought, and just sarcasm; and containing some spirited
portraits of such dirty demagogueic [sic] dogs as WILSON and SUMNER, and
BURLINGAME, and DOUGLAS, et id omne genus. NEMO.

Thomas Osborne Davis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thomas Osborne Davis (October 14, 1 814 - September 16, 1845) was an Irish writer and politician
who was the chief organizer and poet of the Young Ireland movement.

Thomas Davis was born in the town of Mallow in the county of Cork.
He studied in Trinity College, Dublin, and received an Arts degree,
precursory to his being called to the Irish Bar in 1838. He established
The Nation newspaper with Charles Gavan Duffy and John Blake
Dillon. He dedicated his life to Irish nationalism.

He wrote some stirring nationalistic ballads, originally contributed to
The Nation, and afterwards republished as Spirit of the Nation, as well
as a memoir of Curran, the Irish lawyer and orator, prefixed to an
edition of his speeches; and he had formed many literary plans which
were brought to naught by his death, from tuberculosis, in 1845 at the
age of 30.

He himself was a Protestant, but preached peace between Catholics and
Protestants. To Davis, it was not blood that made you Irish, but the
willingness to be part of the Irish nation. Although the Saxon and Dane
were, Davis asserted, objects of unpopularity, their descendants would /Oka
be Irish if they simply allowed themselves to be.
Thomas Davis
He was to the fore of Irish nationalist thinking and it has been noted by
later nationalist heroes, such as Padraig Pearse, that while Wolfe Tone laid out the basic fact that Ireland
as a nation must be free, Davis was the one who built this idea up promoting the Irish identity.

He is the author of the famous Irish rebel song "A Nation Once Again."

A statue of Davis, created by Edward Delaney, was unveiled on College Green, Dublin, in 1966,
attended by the Irish president, Eamon de Valera.

This article incorporates public domain text from: Cousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical
Dictionary of English Literature. London, J.M. Dent & sons; New York, E.P. Dutton.