Letter from Edward Littlehales to J. Beckett, 15 August 1808

Dublin CastleCopy / PrivateAugust 15 1808My dear Sir

Mr Trail has had this morning a second attack of
difficulty in breathing, his physicians consider that the lungs are
evidently diseased and that there is strong reason to believe that
either matter, or water, is contained in the chest, consequently under
the most favourable view that can be taken of the complaint there
is not much expectation of his being enabled soon to resume the duties
of his situation —

It is painful for me to make this communication to
you, but I have stated it in the way in which it has been reported
by one of the Medical Gentlemen who attends Mr Trail, and
the Duke of Richmond desires you will be so good as to mention
it to Lord Hawkesbury.—

I have your
Signed E.B. Littlehales

J. Beckett Esqr

Trail, James

Lennox, Charles

4th Duke of Richmond and Lennox, colonial administrator. In April 1807 he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

Jenkinson, Robert

Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool. He was a British statesman and the longest-serving British Prime Minister since 1806.


Edward was Under- Secretary for the Military from 1801-1819. His role was two-pronged: he was was responsible for the defence of Ireland and the smooth running of the military stationed in the country.


Littlehales Letters. "Letter from Edward Littlehales to J. Beckett, 15 August 1808". ID: Littlehales1808-08-15-8-2-3. Online. http://dhprojects.maynoothuniversity.ie/2017/littlehales/letters/?p=1808-08-15-8-2-3. Accessed: 18 October 2018.