-ĽKT. L'7] ISAAC BUTT Cl
the famous three days' dehate on llo.peal, which took place in the City Hall in .February 1843.
In 1841 he was called to the Inner Bar, and in the same year he founded the. * Protestant Guardian/ l which heratue a leading Tory organ in the Tress. But his Toryism did nut prevent him from defending the Young .Ireland lender, (Javan Puffy, in 18-18, or indeed from showing a general appreciation of the Nationalist position. He first entered Parliament in 18;V2 as the Tory member for Harwich ; but in the general election of the same year he was returned as a Liberal Conservative for Youglwl, which borough he continued to represent until I8()f>.
In 1H05, when the Kenian prisoners looked around for leading counsel to defend them, they at once fixed on Butt lie. stood in the front rank of his profession, he had been associated with the. Young Ireland trials, and his polities were nothing to men who despised Whig and Tory alike. Butt flung himself zealously into the. cause of his clients. He practically gave tip all other business at the Bar, and his advocacy of the hopeless ease of the rebels was among the most earnest and brilliant of his forensic efforts. From 1805 to ISM) these Fenian trials dragged on, and towards the end Butt became the friend as well as the advocate of the prisoners. The. purity of their intentions, the uprightness of their aims, their courage, their honesty, their self-sacrifice, produced a deep impression on the generous and impulsive, advocate, and made him fool that there was something essentially rotten in the State when such men were driven to such desperate courses.
1 Aftcnvanb mcm'jmrati'.cl in the Warder* Bee article on 'Butt' in hwt'uwanj of National