of The Tablet's first edition
from Daniel O'Connell
LONDON, SATURDAY, MAY 16.
We have great pleasure in inserting the following communication from Mr. O'Connell, inclosing a letter from Calcutta, in which are stated, but more briefly, the circumstances that will be found in another column of this Journal, about the condition of the Catholic soldiers in India. This intelligence reached us from a private source, and was in type before we received Mr. O'Connell's letter. The inclosure, which he has been kind enough to forward us, contains one or two particulars that are not to be found in our own correspondence. We have no room for them to-day; but we shall recur to the subject next week, when we shall have occasion to lay before our readers these and other particular from another quarter. In the meantime, we beg to call attention to Mr. O'Connell's letter.
"SIR, I am rejoiced to find that the Catholics of Great Britain and Ireland have at length in London an organ to communicate to the public facts of importance to the religious liberty of all classes. I for one intend to avail myself of this channel of communication, to enable my fellow-subjects differing from me in religious belief, to judge of the manner in which the rights of the Catholics are either directly opposed, or by disreputable management infringed upon.
"I send you for publication a letter which I have just received from Calcutta. It contains facts of deep interest to our gallant soldiery of the Catholic persuasion. It is admitted without hesitation that they are as brave in the field as their Protestant companions, why then should they be treated with neglect or sectarian preference in quarters? This is a thing to be remedied; but no remedy can be procured until the truth of the religious disadvantages the Catholic soldiers labour under is distinctly known in these countries. I therefore beg of you to publish the letter, omitting only the concluding words and the name of the writer.
"I have not yet got the Bengal Hurkaru or the Bengal Catholic Expositor ; when I do I will send you copies of the documents alluded to for publication.
"I owe the gallant and reverend chaplain of Chelsea a letter, which I will take care to pay him through your Journal on my return to London.
"I have the honour to be,
"Your obedient servant,