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    Patrick Duigenan Autograph Letter franked "Free/Patk. Duigenan," four pages, 8" x 13". Dublin, December 15, 1806. Addressed to "Reverend Doctor Clark/Mountstreet/Berkeley Square/London." In part, "Some days ago the portrait of his Royal Highness was brought in a large case to our Mansion House...the case was opened and we beheld with delight a most beautiful picture of our beloved Prince...as soon as a sumptuous frame can be prepared it will be placed in the principal dining room...I need not tell you that whenever any disaster befalls the British Nation it is sure to be accompanied by a corresponding insurrection in Ireland - look back for the last forty years - When Cortland sailed to invade Ireland & Thouret made a diversion by landing in the North the White Boys arose - after them followed the Steel Boys & then during the American War arose the Right Boys under Capt. Right in Munster...Soon after the breaking out of the French Rebellion the Society of United Irishmen was instituted in correspondence & connexion with the French Rebels...I myself when high Sheriff entered this Assembly & pistol in hand dispersed them - the efforts of loyalty were however useless. Grattan told the papists that they must extinguish their Tyrants in the Government or they would extinguish them...I trust you will not think me a Prophet of Evil when I say that if it be possible to efface the Glory of Maida, Genl Fox will do it. Emmets rebellion embraced an infinitely greater number of traitors than Lord Hardwickes Govt would confess - unluckily for that Govt a return was made & published of the Stores found in one Depôt there were a number of Fire Arms of various kinds..." There most probably was a fifth page, with the conclusion to this letter and a signature inserted, but it is not present. Patrick Duigenan (1735-1816), a member of the first united parliament, was privy councilor of

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