My object in writing these pages was to trace some of the principal events which would gratify the natural desire of the reading public to know something, from a personal source, of a family that had become so famous, some of whom were so tragically unfortunate in the issues of their lives. I have desired, too, to lift to some extent the veil of proud reserve that wrapt a spirit as brave and impenetrable as ever faced the fierce struggles, the stress, and shipwreck of political life. A well-known I rish journalist has said that ours was the most tragic family he had ever heard of. This, I think, is true ;and so I present this sketch, believing that the interest attached to some of the characters wi Umake it acceptable, and hoping, too, that a saner, truer, and more just estimate may be passed upon them. I am indebted to my brother, Mr. John Parnell, for his interest in the book, and his help in the matter of the illustrations.
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