Manuscript letter written by Henry Sheares to his wife,
1789 Feb. 15.
|Main Creator:||Sheares, Henry, 1753-1798|
After discussing upsetting incidents detailed by his wife in a previous letter and her reaction to them, Sheares goes on to talk about financial matters and his efforts to secure more money for her. Most of the rest of the letter is concerned with the constitutional crisis arising in Britain due to the rumoured marriage between the Prince Regent and the Catholic commoner Mrs. Fitzherbert. Sheares quotes extracts from some of the pamphlets published in Britain about the matter.
The letter is written on four separate sheets and is addressed to 'Madame Sheares, chez Monsieur Swete, Sur Le Quai, Liege'. This item is accompanied by an offprint of an article published in the Journal of the Cork Historical & Archaeological Society in 1998 (Vol. 103). The article, which is written by Eithne Payne, gives a transcription of Sheares' letter, with an introduction setting it in context.
Henry Sheares was a barrister and United Irishman, who was hanged on 14th July 1798 along with his brother John Sheares. In August 1782 he had married Alicia Young Swete, daughter of a Cork merchant and alderman. When Swete's business failed he moved to Liege, where Mrs. Sheares was staying with her children when the letter was written. Sheares was in London at this time. After Alicia Sheares died in 1791 her four children were cared for by her parents.
Physical description: 2 items (8 page letter + offprint of 4 page article).
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