Letter from J. Beckett to Edward Littlehales, 25 August 1808

WhitehallPrivateAugust 25 1808My dear Sir>

The Duke of Richmond
will be recieved by an Express which
goes from London today —Lord Hawkesbury's
official acknowledgemen of His Grace's
dispatch of the 21st on the subject
of P. Boland's discharge from the
Meath Militia — His Lordship feels
very much for the embarrassing situation
in which His Grace has been
placed from this untoward occurrence
and he desires me to say that he
will be obliged to you to appraise
him how far the discharge of this
man of which his Lordship has
signified his approbation may be

found to lead to claims of a
similar nature.

With your letter of the 21st instant
upon this subject I recieved another of the
same date enclosing a letter which
the Solicitor General had written to you
from Clonmel giving a very satisfactory
account of the state of the county of
Tipperary derived from sources of
respectability and credit — It is to be
hoped that repeated convictions
for perjury may diminish the difficulty
of procuring convicions in other
cases and in the end lead to
tranquility & good order — Lord
quite approves of your
declining to take any steps for the

present uopon the subject of Mr

I have only to convey to
you Lord Hawkesbury's best
thanks for the attention you
have been kind enough to pay
to the provisions of the Police
Act with a view to its commencing
on the 1st of next month —
— and to express to you His Lordship's
persuasion that an early arrangement
will be made by His Grace the
Lord Lieutentant for relieving you from
the irksome duties you have of
late so kindly and satisfactorily

Believe me
my Dear Sir —
most faithfully yours
J Beckett

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.


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.


Solicitor General

The Solicitor General of Ireland was the senior advisor and deputy of the Attorney General. Charles Kendal Bushe occupied the role of Solicitor General from the time of this correspondence until 1822.

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, 25 August 1808". ID: Littlehales1808-08-25-8-1-15. Online. http://dhprojects.maynoothuniversity.ie/2017/littlehales/letters/?p=1808-08-25-8-1-15. Accessed: 18 October 2018.