GRATTAN'S PARLIAMENT: NOTES

Taken from A History of Ireland by Eleanor Hull

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[1] Speeches of Grattan, p. 154.

[2] Newenham, View of the Natural, Political, and Commercial Circumstances of Ireland (1809), pp. 215-216; Lecky, History of Ireland in the Eighteenth Century (1892), ii, 384-390.

[3] Westmoreland to W. Grenville (private) November 10, 1790.

[4] Largely through the personal influence of Grattan, who had cause afterwards to regret his advocacy of Fitzgibbon. Life and Times of Henry Grattan, by his son, iii, 202, and n.

[5] Sir Jonah Barrington, Personal Sketches of his own times, 3rd Ed. (1869), i, p. 183n.

[6] Clare was not liked in England. His support of torture and his arrogant bearing were not approved of. Pitt, on one occasion, after hearing him speak, exclaimed to a friend beside him "Did you ever hear such a rascal!"

[7] Afterwards Lord Mountjoy.

[8] Plowden, Historical Review of the State of Ireland, vol. ii, Pt. II, Appendix lxxiv.

[9] Thomas Wyse, Historical Sketch of the late Catholic Association of Ireland (1829), 72, note, 59-60.

[10] Correspondence between Lord Redesdale and the Earl of Fingall on the Catholic question (1804). John F. Mitford, Lord Redesdale, became Lord Chancellor of Ireland on the death of Lord Clare. He was severely and justly criticized in the House of Commons by Canning and Fox for the tone of his letters to Lord Fingall.

[11] F. Hardy, Life of Charlemont, ii, 261.

[12] Ibid., ii, 288.

[13] Parliamentary Register, xiii, 3, 94.

[14] These debates are fully reported in the Parliamentary Register, vol. xiii. For the general history of Catholic Emancipation in England and Ireland, the works of Monsignor Bernard Ward are of the first importance. A smaller book by Denis Gwynn deals more definitely with the Irish side of the question.

[15] F. Hardy, Life of Lord Charlemont, ii, 299. He was probably referring to the speech of the Chancellor, Lord Fitzgibbon.

[16] Speech of Sir Lawrence Parsons, Parliamentary Register, xiii, 203-219.

[17] Letters from Lord Fitzwilliam to the Earl of Carlisle, published in 1795.

[18] The Act of Union with Scotland was passed in 1707.

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