His Person And Mode Of Argument

Mr. Butler, in his Historical Memoirs, describes O'Leary's person and

mode of argument thus:--

The appearance of Father O'Leary was simple. In his countenance there

was a mixture of goodness, solemnity, and drollery, which fixed every

eye that beheld it. No one was more generally loved or revered; no one

less assuming or more pleasing in his manner. Seeing his external

simplicity, persons with whom he was arguing were sometimes tempted to

treat him cavalierly; but then the solemnity with which he would mystify

his adversary, and ultimately lead him into the most distressing

absurdity was one of the most delightful scenes that conversation ever


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