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THE IRISH PARLIAMENT

FROM

THE YEAR 1782 TO 1800.

BEING THE

CRESSINGHAM PRIZE ESSAY

1878.

BY

w.' ELLIS HUME-WILLIAMS, ESQ.

UNDERGRADUATE, TRINITY HALL.

NOTHING EXTENUATE
NOR SET DOWN AUGHT IN MALICE."

CASSELL PETTER & GALPIN,

LONDON, PARIS & NEW YORK.

1879.

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LONDON :
PRINTED BY THE ARTISTIC COLOUR-PRINTING COMPANY LIMITED,
PLAYHOUSE YARD, BARBICAN, F.C.

Bi1376-190

TO

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

Hugh Mac Calmont, Earl Çairns,

LORD HIGH CHANCELLOR OF GREAT BRITAIN.

THIS ESSAY

IS

RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED.

PREFACE.

The Author has thought it desirable to preface this essay on the Irish Parliament from the years 1782 to 1800, by a brief review of its antecedent condition, and by special quotation of the correspondence between the Irish Viceroy and the English Premier at the close of 1782.

It is difficult to estimate the utterances and action of the Irish or English Parliaments during that period, apart from the Social and Political influences coincident with them. These the Author has endeavoured to treat of with as much brevity as their importance permitted.

The present cry of Home Rule and agitation for Irish Volunteer organisation, lend fresh interest . to past Irish history. The advocates of both may

find their best response in its study.

TRINITY HALL,
CAMBRIDGE,

May, 1879.

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