Letter from J. Beckett to Edward Littlehales, 20 August 1808

Whitehall20 August 1808 My dear Sir

I received by Express your
letter of the 16th marked "Private &
Confidential" with several enclosed
marked No 1. 2. 3 & 4. — containing
information of different insts which you
had collected relative to the proceedings
and opinions of the disaffected in Ireland
— I have not failed to lay these
papers before Lord Hawkesburry — his Lordship
entertains no doubt that the several
persons who are suspected to be employed
for the purposes of creating discontent
will be properly watched — With
respect to Col Hanson I think it

very probable that you may find
him communicating with persons
of doubtful character — but I apprehend
that his being in Ireland at this
moment may be accounted for, without
supposing him to have gone thither
for the express purpose of doing so.
He certainly took a very indecent
and active part in the Riots at
— and it became a matter
of serious consideration whether he
should not be legally proceeded
against at the assizes at Lancaster
with other persons who were committed
for trial — There were circumstances
which made it doubtful whether
he would be convicted and I believe
no Bill of Indictment will be proffered
against him — knowing probably
that his conduct became the subject
of investigation — and thinking it
possible that he might be indicted
at the assizes which commence
about the end of the month I rather
imagine that he has chosen to go to
Ireland on purpose to be out of the
way — It will nevertheless be
prudent to keep a watch upon him
—for he has always been connected
with unprincipled hard lined people
at Manchester — and is a man
of a violent & mischievous disposition

Lord Hawkesburry desires me

to thank you for taking the
trouble to communicate what
appears to you to be of any importance
— and would rejoice as much as
I should at the prospect of
your being relieved from the task
by Mr Trails recovery — Believe me
My Dear Sir
Most faithfully yours
J. Beckett

Sir E.B. Littlehales Bard

Jenkinson, Robert

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

Colonel "Harrison"/Colonel J. Hanson



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 J. Beckett to Edward Littlehales, 20 August 1808". ID: Littlehales1808-08-20-8-1-10. Online. http://dhprojects.maynoothuniversity.ie/2017/littlehales/letters/?p=1808-08-20-8-1-10. Accessed: 14 December 2017.