Joseph Addison

Walter Graham (ed.), The Letters of Joseph Addison

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579. To Charles Paulet, Duke of Bolton

Hampton Court [Thursday] 5 Sepr 1717

My Lord

Having received Your Grace's Letter of the 20th past with the enclosed Speech and Votes I lost no time in getting them translated into French and laid before the King, who is very well pleased with Your Grace's Speech, and with the Resolutions thereupon. I have since recd Your Graces Letter of the 30th past with the several Addresses that accompanied it, which I have this Morning left with His Majty for his perusal. As to the Difficultys which Your Grace apprehends may arise to the Governt from the Petition of Hesther Sherlock I am ordered to acquaint Your Grace, that it is here thought the most advisable for Your Grace that You should interest Your self as little as possible in that matter, any further than by endeavouring in general to preserve a good Temper in the House of Lords, and to hinder them from running into any immoderate Heats.3 pg 374As Your Grace is a Peer of Great Britain, your engaging on the one side may possibly give offence in this Kingdome; as Your appearing on the other may disoblige the People of Ireland; It is very natural to suppose that each House of Lords will assert those respective Priviledges, to which they have laid their claim; and though this should produce some warm Votes, it is hoped they will not be attended with those ill consequences, which may possibly be intended by such as would disturb the Tranquility of His Majesties Government.

  •    I am with the utmost Respect. My Lord
  • Your Grace's most obedient and most Humble servant
  • J. Addison

Endorsed—Lord Lieut of Ireland directing him how to behave himself in Sherlock's affair.

Address: [Dublin Castle]—PRO, S.P. 67/7/31.

For letters 580–5, see appendix i

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3 One Maurice Annesley, who had been previously dispossessed of his estate in Ireland, secured in 1717 the support of the English House of Lords in his efforts to recover his property, and by an Order of Restoration dated Oct. 3, 1717, sought to oust Hester Sherlock, then actually in possession. The matter caused considerable friction between the English Lords and the Irish Peers, the latter of whom approved the High Sheriff of Kildare who refused to execute the order against Hester Sherlock because it was regarded as a breach of order against the Irish Peers. The affair led to the introduction of a bill on Jan. 28, 1720, into the English Parliament for 'the better securing the dependency of Ireland upon the Crown of Great Britain'. See Hist. & Proceedings of House of Lords.
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