That the American people should naturally sympathize with Ireland in its demand for home rule is to be expected from the very nature of our institutions and theory of government. We in this country are of the opinion that Ireland, in demanding from England the right to regulate its domestic affairs in its own way and by its own laws, presents an honorable and a just cause, which appeals to our sympathy and sense of right. But it makes no difference bow honorable and legitimate a cause may be in itself, if it be supported by means which are not honorable, but barbarous and inhuman. The moment that constitutional agitation for legislative independence in Ireland degenerates into such outrages as the Phoenix Park assassinations and the dynamite explosions the cause of Ireland is in danger of irreparable injury.
Rogers, Henry W. "Harboring Conspiracy." N. Am. Rev. 138 (1884): 521-34.