Taken from A History of Ireland by Eleanor Hull

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[1] Pamphlets appeared in 1787 by de Lolme and Williams recommending a Union, and by Edward Cooke in 1798 against it. The latter ran through nine editions in as many months.

[2] Personal Recollections of Lord Cloncurry (1849), p. 38.

[3] Castlereagh Correspondence, ii, 30.

[4] Castlereagh Correspondence, ii, 91, 92 ; Cornwallis Correspondence, iii, 35-36, 37-38.

[5] Cornwallis Correspondence, iii, 36.

[6] The lists of purchased votes and of those who voted against the Bill, called the Black and White Lists, will be found in Sir Jonah Barrington,

Rise and Fall of the Irish Nation
(1853), pp. 394, 389.

[7] Castlereagh Correspondence, ii, 43, 46, 48, 51.

[8] Castlereagh Correspondence, ii, 51, 194.

[9] Ibid., ii, 151 ; Barrington, op. cit., p. 232. Wolfe Tone thought the Irish Bar "the most scandalously corrupt and unprincipled body, politically speaking, that he ever knew." Memoirs, ii, 201. But some of these men had paid as much as 4,000 for a seat and they naturally expected compensation.

[10] Castlereagh Correspondence, ii, 368, and cf. 369, 373, 374.

[11] Ibid., ii, 140-141, 147-148, 155-156, etc.

[12] Cornwallis Correspondence, ii, 417.

[13] See Tone's opinion on this point, Memoirs, i, 279, 283.

[14] For the Catholic position, see Cornwallis Correspondence, iii, 22, 121, etc.; Castlereagh Correspondence, ii, 35-36, 46, 50, 78, 147-148, etc.

[15] For Dr. Moylan's letter, see ibid., ii, 399-400.

[16] Memoirs, ii, 85, 99, 108, 111. A similar project was proposed for Munster, ibid., i, 325.

[17] Pitt's Speeches (1806), iii, 356-357.

[18] Pitt's Speeches (1806), iii, 361-403.

[19] Pitt's Speeches, iii, 392, 394.

[20] Cornwallis Correspondence, iii, 34, 35, 38; Castlereagh Correspondence, ii. 126, 127, 131.

[21] Cornwallis Correspondence, iii, 40-41.

[22] Beresford Correspondence, Camden to Castlereagh, January 15.

[23] J. Barrington, Rise and Fall of the Irish Nation (1853), p. 348.

[24] The speech is reported at length in The Life and Letters of Lord Plunket by the Hon David Plunket, i, 137-150.

[25] J. Barrington, op. cit., pp. 343-345.

[26] See the extraordinary account of these duelling clubs in Life and Letters of Lord Plunket, i, 152.

[27] Castlereagh Correspondence, ii, 149-153.

[28] Castlereagh Correspondence, ii, 155; for list of official dismissals, see Cornwallis.

[29] Plowden, Review of the State of Ireland, vol. ii, Pt. II, p. 979.

[30] Cornwallis Correspondence, iii, 135.

[31] Barrington, op. cit., p. 372.

[32] Life and Letters of Lord Plunket, i, 194, and note.

[33] Grattan's Speech on May 26, 1800, D. O. Madden, Grattan's Speeches, p. 286.

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