From the reports of which were made to me this
forenoon by one of the medical gentlemen which in
attendance upon Mr. Trail I am exceedingly concerned
of you that it is not considered he
can survive this night, and that his death may
be hourly expected
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.