The Repealers' Compass:
ever your polar star.
Text underneath image reads: 'Let this direct you in your onward course, / In seeking Ireland's rights - support with zeal / The Liberator, and by moral force, / alone, you'll triumph, and achieve REPEAL'.
Text underneath this reads: 'KEY./ The following nine sentences of thirty-two letters each, with the exeption of the vowel O, which is omitted whenever it occurs, are arranged in nine concentric circles, forming at the same time the thirty-two points of the compass. each sentence commences at the Fleur de lis or north point; and whenever a word seems incomplete the reader is referred to the great O in the centre, surrounding the head of the Liberator, to supply the deficiency./ The inscription round the head is to be read in the same manner./ Repeal of XL of George III. Chapter XXXVIII./ Ireland requests her sons to do their duty./ Your consellor is O'Connell - take his advice./ Persevere peacefully in your struggle./ Shun all secret and unlawful societies./ Be not provoked to commit a breach of the Peace./ He who commits a crime favours his enemies./ Let temperance, Peace, and Order, prevail./ Fear God - honour the queen - love your Neighbour.'
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Dublin : James Duffy, 23 Anglesea Street, 1845.
This item is held in the Department of Ephemera; formerly at call number POL/1840-50/1.
Oval portrait image of Daniel O'Connell, M.P., (1775-1847) surrounded by obelisks that together form the arms of a compass. The obelisks bear letters (that form nine sentences of thirty-two letters each - the key to decipering this is featured below O'Connell's image); the obelisks are topped by shamrocks.
Physical description: 1 print : woodcut ; 42.7 x 34.1cm.
Citations/References: Catalogue of Irish Portraits / Rosalind M. Elmes. - Dublin : No. (23), p. 155.
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