Document ReferenceNe C 253/1-2
TitleLetter from Michael Lee Dicker, Bath, Somerset, to Henry Pelham; 2 Oct. 1745
Date Of Creation2 October 1745
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionWarns Pelham that the leaders in Exeter are probably not to be relied upon and cites example of Edinburgh as a warning; suggests that opposition to a standing army is only from those disaffected to the king - 'Pray what would have become of ye King now if we were destitute of regular forces?'; gives his assessment of the loyalty of the people 'Many of the common people are poisn'd wth a notion (wch is also got among ye Country Farmers) that in Case of a Revolution ye Country will be eased of their Taxes, ye Excise taken off, ye old Constitution restored and ye Golden Age return'; reports that Somerset is particularly disaffected.

Urges that a body of loyal men should be raised by the lord lieutenants throughout the country, but not the militia 'because Such would be enrolled as might be likely to make a wrong use of their Arms by going over on ye other side'; suggests that the clergy should preach the dangers of Catholicism; proposes that foreign troops, preferably Danish or Hessian but not Hanoverian should be employed; predicts desertion of troops in Scotland and warns it is uncertain how many from England will join the rebels cause; reports that a well-informed friend believes many Scots have become disaffected since the refusal to allow the Duke of Argyle and others to arm their clans against the rebels.

Warns that many commissions in the army and navy are being purchased by Scots and that this could prove dangerous 'when a Rebellion is favoured by that nation'; expresses great pleasure that Lord Tyrawly is being sent to Plymouth as he is very well thought of; wishes an association of government supporters to keep the peace; informs Pelham that the merchants in London support the king and 'no Body so much as thinks of the Expence'; using foreign troops would receive popular approval; wishes that the forces marching to Scotland had been sent by sea 'as ye Wind is now, they would be there in 3 or 4 days'; asks 'were Hamiltons Dragoons that behaved so ill Scotch?.
Termmilitary campaigns, Great Britain 1745-46
Jacobites, England 1745
intelligence, reports, domestic
intelligence, reports, Scottish
armies, mercenaries
Scottish affairs, clan system
militia, loyalty of

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CodePersonNameDates of Existence
NA18699O'Hara; James (1690-1773); 2nd Baron Tyrawly; ambassador to Russia and Portugal Governor of Minorca 1752-17561690-1773
NA15031Yonge; William (c.1693-1755); 4th Baronet; succ. 1731; K.B. 1725c.1693-1755
NA11309George II (1683-1760); King of Great Britain and Ireland1683-1760
NA18864Dicker; Michael Lee (1693-1752); Dr; Physician to the Exeter Hospital, appointed 17411693-1752
NA967Pelham; Henry (1696-1754); Mr; Prime Minister 1743-1754 brother of T. Pelham-Holles 1st Duke of Newcastle under Lyne1696-1754
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