Document ReferencePl C 52/73
TitleLetter from Thomas Davies, Angel Court, High Street, Dublin, Ireland to [W.H.C. Bentinck] 3rd Duke of Portland; 29 Mar. 1801
Date29 March 1801
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionWrites to the duke with a 'sorrowful and almost broken heart'; has been imprisoned for 3 months now for debt; explains that the man he went into security with has died and his heir refuses to pay the debt; since he has been in prison his family have drawn up other debts, which now amount to over £330; explains how one plan he had to raise revenue was unsuccessful; writes how, in his desperation, he turned to God and was given the idea of writing to the duke for help; adds that he is without friends to help him and that if the duke turns from him now, he will know that all of his hopes are in vain; explains the bad conditions in the prison; believes that Lord Clare would help him if he were in the country; would be grateful if the duke would write to the lord lieutenant and Secretary Cooke so that they can help relieve his 'dreadful' situation.
Termdebts, imprisonment for
punishments, imprisonment

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA41378Cooke; Edward (1755-1820); Mr; Under-Secretary of State for Irish Civil Department 1796-1801 for Foreign Affairs 1812-171755-1820
NA15088FitzGibbon; John (1748-1802); 1st Earl of Clare; cr.17951748-1802
NA37889Yorke; Philip (1757-1834); 3rd Earl of Hardwicke1757-1834
NA41382Davies; Thomas (fl 1801); Mr; imprisoned for debt 1798fl 1801
NA905Bentinck; William H.C. Cavendish- (1738-1809); 3rd Duke of Portland; succ. 17621738-1809
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