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

Dublin Castle Copy / PrivateAugust 18 1808My dear Sir

In a late communication to Mr Jenkinson I
mentioned an occurrence of rather a serious nature which had
been reported to have taken place at Banbridge in the County
of Down, I am sorry to observe it is now confirmed and under
very aggravating circumstances as will appear by the enclosed
copy of a memorial to the Lord Lieutenant which was presented
yesterday from the Grand Jury of that County —

Exclusive of the outrages represented in the Memorial
and of the lawless and violent proceedings which have occurred
in the Barony therein named, there seems to be too much
reason to apprehend that many of the Yeoman belonging to
corps in that part of the county have been actively concerned
in this breach of the laws.— I therefore lost no time in
submitting to the Lord Lieutenant an instruction to Major
J. Beckett Esqr

General Campbell commanding the District of which the
enclosed is a copy, and I shall if necessary make an arrangement
with Lord Harrington for sending detachments of troops to
Banbridge and its vicinity, with a view to the restoration of
tranquillity and the preservation of the peace —

You will be pleased to communicate this letter
and the Papers which accompany it, to Lord Hawkesbury, in
such manner as may be proper —

I have your
P.S I enclose a copy of the letter from Mr Savage, the
Foreman of the Grand Jury conveying the written memorial
and of my answer.

Jenkinson, Robert

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

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.

Harrington, Lord

General Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington (1753-1829) A British soldier. He was Commander-in-Chief of the regular Irish troops between 1806 and 1812.


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.

Lord Lieutenant

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

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