Dublin Castle documents,
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The documents discuss the state of the country, the possibilty of a French invasion and the steps which should be taken to meet it. Wellesley-Pole also reports on the activities of Catholic groups agitating for civil rights and lays out the situation of the Church of Ireland and includes the topics of tithes, loyalism and orangeism.
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These documents were sent to Richard Ryder, Home Secretary, by William Wellesley-Pole, Chief Secretary for Ireland. They are marked 'Most Secret and Confidential' and are dated respectively 23rd July 1810, 10th December 1810 and 6th September 1811. The second document, which is the longest, has a docket title which reads 'Memorandum exhibiting some of the difficulties which obstruct the administration of the affairs of Ireland; with a copy of Mr. Pole's letter to Mr. Ryder of the 23rd July 1810 - upon the state of Ireland'. The fourth item may be unrelated; it is a short note dated 5 November 1811, written from the War Office. The documents comprise 23 separate sheets of paper.
Richard Ryder was opposed to Catholic relief, as was William Wellesley-Pole. In February 1811 Wellesley-Pole 'issued a circular prohibiting the catholic committee from electing a convention in Ireland and followed this by blocking a meeting of the committee later in the month ... [he] received ministerial support for a proclamation against catholics later in the year.' (Dict Ir Biog)
Physical description: 4 items (4 folders).
Varying form of title: Memorandum exhibiting some of the difficulties which obstruct the administration of the affairs of Ireland
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