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Howard The Philanthropist And Mr Henry Shears

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About this time it was, says his biographer, that the philanthropist
Howard, led by his benevolent enthusiasm to fathom dungeons, vindicate
the wrongs, and alleviate the sufferings of the lonely and forgotten
victim of vice and crime, arrived at Cork. A society had for some years
existed in that city 'for the relief and discharge of persons confined
for small debts,' of which O'Leary was an active and conspicuous member.
This association had its origin in the humane mind of Henry Shears,
Esq., the father of two distinguished victims to the political
distractions of their country in 1798: and a literary production of that
gentleman, which in its style and matter emulated the elegance and
morality of Addison, strengthened and matured the benevolent
institution. During Mr. Howard's stay in Cork, he was introduced to
O'Leary by their common friend, Archdeacon Austen. Two such minds
required but an opportunity to admire and venerate each other; and
frequently, in after times, Howard boasted of sharing the friendship and
esteem of the friar.





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