Document ReferencePl C 52/119
TitleLetter from Sir Richard Musgrave, Dublin, Ireland to [W.H.C. Bentinck] 3rd Duke of Portland; 27 Feb. 1801
Date27 February 1801
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionThanks duke for recommending him to the Marquess of Cornwallis; writes that despite the fact that the position he has been given (in the City of Dublin excise) is not equal to his expectations nor is an adequate reward for the exertions he has made on behalf of the 'constitution', he will not be discontented; realises the commitment the Crown has to gratifying the 'venal expectations' of Irish MPs in order to carry out the Union; gives some financial details of the position he has procured, which was returned to him by Lord Castlereagh; argues that in general his office incurs more responsibility than any other under the crown; mentions his anger at less qualified persons being placed as commissioners over him, who he suggests were appointed merely because they voted in support of the Union.

Sends the duke his history of the late rebellion in Ireland; hopes this indicates how the Imperial government could improve and why the rebellion occurred; hopes that once the duke has read this and his other work on the subject that he might more adequately reward him; believes that no one is more committed to the Empire than he is, or knows the country better; argues that the improvement of the kingdom has been the most restricted by those who, in the confidence of the Viceroys, misrepresent the state; writes highly of the Marquess of Cornwallis but believes he has been led astray by some of his officers; wishes he had communicated with Lord Shannon, the Earl of Clare and the Archbishop of Cashel instead of two 'factious and sinister' men, who contributed to the 'late rebellion'.
Termappointments, Irish
civil disorder, Ireland 1801
politics, Irish
Irish affairs, civil disorder

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA32754Boyle; Richard (1727-1807); 2nd Earl of Shannon1727-1807
NA15088FitzGibbon; John (1748-1802); 1st Earl of Clare; cr.17951748-1802
NA11332Cornwallis; Charles (1738-1805); 1st Marquess Cornwallis1738-1805
NA32126Agar; Charles (1736-1809); 1st Earl of Normanton; Archbishop of Cashel 1779-1801; Archbishop of Dublin 1801-091736-1809
NA35691Musgrave; Richard (-1818); 1st Baronet; of Tourin Waterford; Irish political writer-1818
NA905Bentinck; William H.C. Cavendish- (1738-1809); 3rd Duke of Portland; succ. 17621738-1809
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