Letter from Edward Littlehales to J. Beckett, 23 August 1808

Dublin Castle Copy / Private August 23 1808My dear Sir

Your note of the 19th instant, by Express, reached
me yesterday before six o’clock in the afternoon, and prevented
the necessity of a further respite for the unfortunate Major
as in consequence, of a report upon a reference
which I had made to Mr Justice Mayne no shadow of
doubt, if any such ever existed, remained the Duke of
has written fully to Lord Hawkesbury by this
opportunity on this distressing subject, I have nothing to add
except to say that in my humble opinion it was most judicious
and humane of the friends of poor Mrs Campbell to prevail
upon her not to return again to Ireland.—

I remainyour
Signed E.B. Littlehales

J. Beckett Esqr

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.

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


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, 23 August 1808". ID: Littlehales1808-08-23-8-2-15. Online. http://dhprojects.maynoothuniversity.ie/2017/littlehales/letters/?p=1808-08-23-8-2-15. Accessed: 18 October 2018.