Howard The Philanthropist And Mr Henry Shears

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.