Letter from J. Beckett to Edward Littlehales, 18 August 1808

WhitehallPrivateAugust 18 1808My dear Sir

The letters which I
enclose herewith for His
Grace the Lord Lieutenant
relate to the fate of the
unfortunate Major Campbell
—and convey to the Duke
His Majesty’s pleasure
that the Law shall take
its course
— in the one
marked "private"Lord
has prepared
his Grace for the possibility ofMrs Campbells

wishing to return to
Ireland for the purposes
of seeing her Husband
before he suffers the
sentence of the law — and
has recommended to His
Grace to appoint the Day
of Execution at a period
sufficiently distant to allow
of her reaching Armagh

—As it appeared to me
however that the uncertainty
of her determination might
lead to some little em—

—barrassment #8212;I have
thought it best to
ascertain what
she meant to do — and have
to acquaint you for the
Duke’s information that
her friends whom I
have just now seen tell
me that she will
leave London for Ireland
as soon as possible — probably
this evening.—

I have received an

express from you
within this half hour
— I must beg however
to defer noticing the
contents of it at this
moment further than
to afford you of my
sincere regret that
the accounts you send
of Mr Trails health
are so very unfavourable
—I beg to be most kindly
remembered to him I remain my Dear Sir
most faithfully yours
J. Beckett >

Campbell, Major Henry Alexander

During the correspondence, Campbell was tried and condemned for the murder of fellow officer Captain Alexander Boyd in a duel. He was executed in August 1808 by hanging.

Lennox, Charles

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

George III

George William Frederick (1738- 1820), King of Great Britain and Ireland. He oversaw the introduction of the Act of Union. Ruled till his death in 1820.

Jenkinson, Robert

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

Campbell, Mrs

Wife of Major Henry Alexander Campbell who was charged and hanged for murder in 1808

Trail, James


Lord Lieutenant

The Lord Lieutenant was the representative for the King in Ireland. Charles Lennox was the Lord Lieutenant at this time.

Littlehales Letters. "Letter from J. Beckett to Edward Littlehales, 18 August 1808". ID: Littlehales1808-08-18-8-1-6. Online. http://dhprojects.maynoothuniversity.ie/2017/littlehales/letters/?p=1808-08-18-8-1-6. Accessed: 18 October 2018.