Limerick Evening Post and Clare Sentinel

9 February 1830

To the Editor of the Post and Sentinel

  On last Thursday, Frank DREW, Esq., of Drewscourt, on his way through Croom, stopped to speak to the village Apothecary, and some other respectable persons, who were then in his shop.
  Mr. DREW said, in reference to the late Election, that the "Liberals" were triumphant, and hunted the Brunswickers to the devil.  A Law Parson, with a 'Musket' on his soulder, passing at the moment, heard the expression, siexed and dragged Mr. DREW off his horse, and with the assistance of two policemen hauled him, "vi et armis," before Mr. Henry LYONS, to have him sent forthwith, and unceremoniously, to the body of the prison.
  Mr. LYONS, with his characteristic good sense and feeling, assured the Rev. bailiff, that the charge was frivolous and vexatious, that the public mind agitated by the late contest could not be expected to subside so suddenly, losed the iron grip of the meek Minister of the "Gospel,: and allowed the arrested Gentleman to pursue his journey for he was then going to attend to the grave the remains of a deceased relative.
  It is to be hoped that Mr. DREW will recur, for redress of his injured person and insulted feelings, to the laws of his County; but why such an outrage should pass unnoticed by the guardians of the people's liberty, depends on you to determine, in this case.


  February 8, 1830.

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