[A contemporaneous professional scribal copy of] 'A disquisition touching that greate question. Whither an Act of Parliament made in England shall bind the Kingdom and people of Ireland without their allowance and acceptance of such Act in this kingdome of Ireland' by Sir William Domville,
[undated, ca. 1660].
According to Patrick H. Kelly, this is a contemporaneous professional scribal copy of the disquisition on the independence of the Irish parliament presented to the Duke of Ormond by William Domvile (Domville) in 1660 - 'Apart from the absence of any date on the actual manuscript, collation establishes that the text of NLI MS 40 is based on the final reading of the scribal copy of the Disquisition in TCD MS 890, ff 1-17 (which has been corrected by Domville and signed with his initials)'; 'The copy in the NLI MS 40 is prefaced 'For the Irish Comrs', whom Aidan Clarke suggests may have been agents sent over by the Irish Convention in the summer of 1660..."; "...Clarke's suggestion that the paper was addressed to the Commissioners sent to London by the Irish Convention in May 1660, and who remained on to try and influence the land settlement, seems a rather more plausible dating for this copy"- See Kelly, P.H., p. 21 and pp. 28-31 in 'Analecta Hibernia', No. 40 (2007).
Bound in an eighteenth-century binding of quarter calf and marbled boards and acquired by the NLI in this form in November 1929, having previously come from the Phillips Collection MS 86560.
Though Domvile generally spelled his name 'Domvile' (with a single 'l'), the modern spelling is with two 'l's. William Domville was knighted in August 1660; in June 1660, Domville was appointed attorney-general for Ireland by Charles II and in July 1660 he presented a disquisition on the independence of the Irish parliament to the Duke of Ormond, who gave him an annual £50 retainer from then on for legal advice. Domvile's son-in-law William Molyneux made extensive use of the disquisition in 'The case of Ireland...stated' (1698).
Citations/References: 'A Disquisition Touching That Great Question Whether an Act of Parliament Made in England Shall Bind the Kingdom and People of Ireland without Their Allowance and Acceptance of Such Act in the Kingdom of Ireland' by Patrick H. Kelly in Analecta Hibernia, No. 40 (2007), The Irish Manuscripts Commission Ltd., Dublin pp. 17, 19-70.
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