Retentive Memory





At Darrynane, he was sitting one morning, surrounded by country people,

some asking his advice, some his assistance, others making their

grievances known. Amongst the rest was a farmer rather advanced in life,

a swaggering sort of fellow, who was desirous to carry his point by

impressing the Liberator with the idea of his peculiar honesty and

respectability. He was anxious that O'Connell should decide a matter in

dispute between him and a neighboring farmer who, he wished to

insinuate, was not as good as he ought to be. For my part, I, at least,

can boast that neither I nor mine were ever brought before a judge or

sent to jail, however it was with others.



Stop, stop, my fine fellow, cried the Liberator--Let me see, pausing

a moment. Let me see; it is now just twenty-five years ago, last

August, that I myself saved you from transportation, and had you

discharged from the dock.



The man was thunderstruck; he thought such a matter could not be

retained in the great man's mind. He shrunk away, murmuring that he

should get justice elsewhere, and never appeared before the Liberator

afterwards.





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