To JAMES DALY, Esq.
ONE OF THE REPRESENTATIVES IN PARLIAMENT FOR THE COUNTY OF GALWAY
The measures now in progress, under your sanction, to improve the town of Galway and promote the convenience of its inhabitants, afford me much additional pleasure in dedicating to you a Work, undertaken with the hope of benefiting that ancient and respectable town, with whose prosperity your interest is so intimately connected. Independently of this consideration, there were others which would have equally induced me to come to the same determination. I felt that I should have to address the descendant of a family to which Galway had been indebted for emancipation from the long-borne thraldom of former corporation influence,-an indivdual who, with conscious pride, could look back on a line of ancestry, many of them eminently conspicuous in the history of their country. Whose venerable forefather, DENIS DALY, Esq. (the counsellor and steadfast friend of the ill-fated James II.) suggested those measures which would have led to the general pacification of this part of the kingdom, and, perhaps, have prevented the sanguinary battle of Aughrim, unless frustrated by the prevalence of that party which led Ireland into danger, and then abadnoned her to her fate. Whose paternal grandfather, JAMES DALY, Esq., first overturned corporation tyranny in Galway, and declined the dignity of the Peerage to remain the vigilant parliamentary guardian of the people's rights, the champion of toleration, and the firm and early advocate of the Catholics of Ireland. Whose distinguished father, the Right Honourable DENIS DALY, (a name with which the mind involuntarily associates the idea of all that is worthy and dignified in human nature,) to use the words of his bosom friend and immortal fellow-patriot, HENRY GRATTAN, "was one of the best and brightest characters that Ireland ever produced."-The language of adulation, I well know, but too generally pervades addresses of this kind, but that of the present is the language of truth; for I feel myself as much above resorting to any cther, as I have been removed from the necessity of doing so. From you. however, I may anticipate the declaration of the celebrated O NIAL, on some similar occasion: "I ambition not," said that illustrious Irishman, "so much to derive honour from my ancestors, as to reflect back upon them the lustre that they have shed upon me."-Sincerely wishing that you may long enjoy those exalted feelings, which are inseparable from the observance of so noble a sentiment, and still continue the friend and supporter of the town of Galway and its interests,
I have the honour to remain, Sir,
Your obedient, humble servant,
Dublin, 1st November, 1820.