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66                 CHARLES  STEWART PARNELL             [1873
ment of an Irish. Parliament with full control over our domestic affairs.'
The objects of the new association were then defined specifically thus:
I.—This association is formed for the purpose of obtaining for Ireland the right of self-government by means of a National Parliament.
II.—It is hereby declared, as the essential principle of this association, that the objects, and THE ONLY OBJECTS, contemplated by its organisation are :
To obtain for our country the right and privilege of managing our own affairs, by a Parliament assembled in Ireland, composed of her Majesty the Sovereign, and her successors, and the Lords and Commons of Ireland;
To secure for that Parliament, under a federal arrangement, the right of legislating for and regulating all matters relating to the internal affairs of Ireland, and control over Irish resources and revenues, subject to the obligation of contributing our just proportion of the Imperial expenditure; To leave to an Imperial Parliament the power of dealing with all questions affecting the Imperial Crown and Government, legislation regarding the Colonies and other dependencies of the Crown, the relations of the United Empire with foreign States, and all matters appertaining to the defence and the stability of the empire at large;
To attain such an adjustment of the relations between the two countries, without any interference with the prerogatives of the Crown, or any disturbance of the principles of the constitution.
III.—The association invites the co-operation of all Irishmen who are willing to join in seeking for Ireland a federal arrangement based upon these general principles.
IV.—The association will endeavour to forward the object it
has in view, by using all legitimate means of influencing public
sentiment, both in Ireland and   Great   Britain,  by taking   all
opportunities of instructing and informing" public opinion, and by
• seeking to unite Irishmen of all creeds and classes in one national
that the Fenians would at least assume an attitude  cf benevolent neutrality towards the ' open movement.'