Extracted from Curran's speeches.
Gentlemen, what horrid alternative in the treatment of wives, would such reasoning recommend. Are they to be immured, by worse than Eastern barbarity? Are their principles to be depraved? Their passions sublimated? Every finer motive of action extinguished, by the inevitable consequence of thus treating them like slaves? Or is a liberal and generous confidence in them, to be the passport of the adulterer, and the justification of his crimes? Honorably but fatally, for his own repose, he was neither jealous, suspicious, nor cruel. He treated the defendant with the confidence of a friend, and his