Refusal Of Office





In 1838, on the morning when O'Connell received from the Government the

offer to be appointed Lord Chief Baron, he walked over to the window,

saying:



This is very kind--very kind, indeed!--but I haven't the least notion

of taking the offer. Ireland could not spare me now; not but that, if

she could, I don't at all deny that the office would have great

attractions for me. Let me see, now--there would not be more than about

eight days' duty in the year; I would take a country house near Dublin,

and walk into town; and during the intervals of judicial labor, I'd go

to Derrynane. I should be idle in the early part of April, just when the

jack-hares leave the most splendid trails upon the mountains. In fact, I

should enjoy the office exceedingly upon every account, if I could but

accept it consistently with the interests of Ireland--But I

Cannot.





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