Manuscript letterbook of letters received by Edmond Sexten Pery,
The topics covered in the letters include parliamentary, general political, as well as commercial issues, such as disputes regarding trade restrictions on Ireland, and other tensions between the British and Irish governments. There is some discussion regarding the likely successor to Lord Harcourt as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland; the Archbishop mentions this as well as his efforts to find a curacy for a Mr Fennell. Events around the ongoing American war are much discussed, including the latest account of the Battle for Sullivan's Island near Charleston,. The Earl of Buckinghamshire acknowledges congratulations on his appointment to the Lord Lieutenancy; the Earl of Athlone writes in pursuit of his claim to take his seat in the Irish House of Lords. There are personal enquiries and solicitation of political favours.
This is most likely a 19th century copy of the original letters or letterbook. The letters are numbered 93 to 109.
The letter writers were prominent men in the political life of Britain and Ireland. Richard Rigby was Paymaster of the Forces; John Cradock was Archbishop of Dublin; Welbore Ellis was Secretary for the Colonies; the Earl of Buckinghamshire became Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in December 1776; John Irvine (or Irwin) was Commander-in-Chief of the army in Ireland; Charles Jenkinson was an influential adviser to the British Prime Minister, Lord North, and was later made Secretary at War; George Germain (Sackville) was Secretary of State for America; George Townshend (1st Marquess Townshend) was Lieutenant-General of the Ordnance, and a former Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, who had carried through in Ireland policies which strengthened British control over Irish government; Sir Joseph Yorke (later Baron Dover) was Britain's ambassador to the Hague; James Fitzgerald was a lawyer and member of the Irish House of Commons; Robert Craggs Nugent (Earl Nugent) was an Irish politician; John Hely-Hutchinson was a politician and Provost of Trinity College, Dublin; John Beresford and Charles Bingham (Earl of Lucan) were prominent politicians.
Edmond Sexten Pery was Speaker of the Irish House of Commons, and opposed the Act of Union.
The last letter in the volume is headed 'Earl of Buckingham, Lord Lieutenant' though possibly it is an error and should be Earl of Buckinghamshire. The letter is dated 20th October; no year is given. Beneath the last letter is written 'Friday 12th October 1866' in a different hand.
Physical description: 1 volume.
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