1830-1905 [var. 1831]; b. at Flohamon, Ferns, Co. Wexford; fourth son
of Michael Sweetman of Longtown Hse., Co. Kildare; ed. Stonyhurst and
London; London Univ. Grays Inns, BA 1852; bar; lived on private
means as country gentleman in England; m. sister of Gen. Sir William Francis
Butler; vols. of verse in 1871 and 1875; wrote religious disputations
and the novels Through the Night (1869), a landwar story in which
the landlord Sir Hugo de Burgho turns back to a proper affection for his
tenants; Libertas, or Through Dreamland to Truth (1891), and Roland
Kyan: An Irish Sketch (1896); argued that the Church must accept natural
human progress if it is to regenerate the world; d.
Ferns. PI IF SUTH
Fiction, Through the Night, a Tale of the Times, to which is added
Onward, a Summer Sketch, 2 vols. (London: Longmans, Green
1869); Libertas, or Through Dreamland to Truth [a novel] (London:
Eden, Remington & Co. 1891); Schoolfellows Stories (London
& Sydney: Eden, Remington & Co. 1892); Roland Kyan: An Irish
Sketch (London: Digby, Long ), 283pp.
Poetry, Lost Footsteps, Poems (Edinburgh 1875); The Daughters of the King and Other Poems, being
a sequel to Through the Night and Onward (London 1871).
Miscellaneous, The Decline of
Darwinism (London: CTS 1906). 16pp.; A Few Thoughts on the Infallibility
of the Pope (London: Eden, Remington & Co. 1870; 2nd edn. 1870);
The Reign of Perfection, Letters on a Liberal Catholic Philosophy (London:
Digby, Long & Co. 1896); Some Thoughts on Free-Will, to which is
added a short personal statement (Dublin 1873).
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H. Murphy, Catholic Fiction and Social Reality in Ireland, 1873-1922 (Conn: Greenwood Press 1997), Part I: Upper Middle-Class Fiction
1873-1890, espec. p.59.
Stephen Brown, Ireland in Fiction (Dublin: Maunsel 1919),
lists Through the Night, to which is added Onward (Longmans
1869), two stories, half & half, in the first of which Marcus brown
returns to his estate from the continent and implements his liberal and
democratic notions, including an endorsement of old age pension; includes
a Fenian episode; Onward deals with an English Catholic family
in Switzerland and, like the other, is clogged with theological and philosophical
discussions. Roland Kyan [sic], An Irish sketch (Digby,
Long 1896), an oddity set in an Irish country seat, where discussions
between mainly French and English visitors lead to a clearer understanding
of Ireland and also the betrothal of Roland - educated in England to Ethel
and his return to Catholicism; further remarks, Sweetman took some
share in the liberal Catholic movement of the day but remained a staunch
British Library holds  Title
A few thoughts on the infallibility of the Pope. Title Second edition.
London, 1870. 8o.. London, 1870. 8o.  Libertas, or Through Dreamland
to Truth. [A novel.] 3 vols. Eden, Remington & Co.: London, 1891.
8o.  Lost Footsteps. Poems.. Edinburgh, 1875. 8o.  Roland Ryan [sic
err.]. An Irish sketch. 283pp. Digby, Long & Co.: London, [1896.]
8o.  Schoolfellows Stories. 288pp. Eden, Remington & Co.:
London and Sydney, 1893 . 8o.  Some thoughts on Free-Will; to
which is added a short personal statement. Dublin, 1873. 8o.  The Daughters
of the King, and other poems. Being a sequel to Through the Night
and Onward Title [Another copy.]. London, 1871. 8o.  The
Decline of Darwinism. 16pp. Catholic Truth Society: London, [1906.] 8o.
 The Reign of Perfection. Letters on a Liberal Catholic philosophy.
139pp. Digby, Long & Co.: London, 1896. 8o.  Through the Night:
a tale of the Times. To which is added, Onward, or a summer sketch. Title
[Another copy.] 2 vol. London, 1869. 8o.
To educate the sons of her large framers and small shopkeepers and
give her a strong middle-class at last. Then, and not till then, could
her priesets retire with safe consciences from the rough work of politics
(Pref., Through the Night, 1869 edn.; Murphy, op. cit. 1998, p.65.);
The foreign type of Liberalism must be introduced into the country
and he [de Burgo] was the man to do it. There could be no hope for the
people until they threw off the leadership of the priests. I tried to
explain to him that he was mistaken altogether; that the priests had ever
been the truest friends of the people, with whom that friendship had been
cemented with the blood of a common martyrdom; and that even if other
leaders were desired, they had a hold on the peoples hearts that
he and a hundred like him could not share. (Through the Night,
p.283-84; Murphy, op. cit. 1998, p.59.)
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Daughters: The subtitle of Daughters in BL Catalogue has
lead ODonoghue [PI] to infer that it too is poetry, an mistake avoided
by Brown and Sutherland.