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futed to posterity, I am therefore anxious to learn your answer, and have the honour to be, with great respect,
EDWARD HAY. Dublin, 6th July 1802.
TO THE REV. MR. GORDON, BORO LODGE.
County of Wex-) MR. THOMAS Taylor, of
ford, to wit. ) the town of Wexford, merchant, who was a prisoner in the goal of Wexford during the rebellion, freely and voluntarily maketh oath on the Holy Evangelists, and saith, that he has known the prisoners to express the comfort and consolation they experienced from Mr. Edward Hay's deportinent and manner towards them, and has always heard them express their joy on Mr. Hay visiting the goal. Deponent being an Englishman, and not long in Ireland, had no kind of acquaintance with Mr. Hay, but always approached him when he saw him conversing with his fellow prisoners, and experienced the consolation of his conversation, although not addressed to him ; but considered Mr. Hay the greatest friend of the loyalists, as the purport of his visits to the goal evidently was to give general comfort to all he saw in distress, as he communicated his sentiments openly and candidly to them, and undeceived the prisoners with respect to many fajse
reports that were circulated. Deponent has heard Mr. Hay express his horror and detestation of the barbarous proceedings of the rebels, and that he would lose his life, or put a stop to the cruelties that were committing on Vinegarhill, had he been there. Deponent remembers to have heard of an order for several prisoners to be sent to Enniscorthy, which order might have been complied with, had not Mr. Hay gained intelligence that they were to be put to death, and at the earnest request of the prisoners from the neighbourhood of Enniscorthy, Mr. Hay declared that he would make such representations to the principal inhabitants of Wexford, as to have them detained in goal, as their only place of safety; on which occasion he has heard the prisoners express their utmost gratitude to Mr. Hay, whom they consulted on all occasions of distress, and from whom they received every possible comfort. Various reports were propagated which tended to rouze and irritate the passions of the people to revenge, that the army had committed the greatest excesses, which alarmed the prisoners very much, who consulted Mr. Hay about a proposal they had drawn up, to be forwarded to government, intimating their great danger, and hoping that the prisoners taken by the army might meet with the like good treatment that they did, otherwise reprisals might be made, and their destruction inevitable. Mr. Hay undertook the task of endeavouring to forward this proposal with the greatest alacrity, and conducted Captain M‘Manus to consult with Lord Kingsborough, who accordingly wrote a letter in the name of all the prisoners, among whom were many officers, and principal gentlemen of the county, which proposal was dispatched by an officer, to be forwarded to the next commanding officer of his majesty's forces, but who would not be allowed to proceed farther than the rebel camp at Enniscorthy, and was obliged to return to Wexford, at which disappointment we considered our situation more critical than ever, and experienced in a greater degree the consoling visits of Mr. Hay, who truly sympathized in our feelings, and felt this disappointment as much as any of us. Deponent never saw Mr. Hay appear with arms, or with any kind of green ornament, then usually worn by all descriptions of persons; and from what he has seen, and every information he could learn, believes that, during the rebellion, Mr. Hay was solely actuated by principles of philanthropy, in any interference of his during that period. Sworn before me, this 28th day of August, 1799,
In compliance with your request, and having received a summons to attend your trial, I shall relate the circumstances I recollect of your conduct during the rebellion, which I send you immediately, as you mention you want to have your instructions made out for your lawyers, previous to the assizes. I was taken prisoner along with Lord Kingsborough and captain O'Hea, on the second day of June, 1798, we were confined together in a house in Wexford, with a strong guard over us; from the great fury of the people against Lord. Kingsborough, we expected every moment to be put to death; Mr. Edward Hay visited us frequently, and we clearly perceived his disposition to afford us every consolation in his power, as he took every opportunity he could of softening our captivity, and has frequently conducted my family to see me, at a time it was extremely dangerous to seem or appear friendly to us. Whenever we experienced any kind of distress, we always sent for Mr. Hay, who readily came to us, and never left us, without being convinced that he would do his utmost to be of service to us. I have every reason to believe, that he saved our lives on several occasions, when the mob were for bringing us out, and putting us to death. One day, in particular, I perfectly recollect his standing with his back to the door of the house in
which we were confined, where he remained until the tumultuous crowd had dispersed, who sought our instant destruction. I always heard Mr. Hay express his horror at the barbarous proceedings of the rebels, and his earnest wish that peace and good order might be restored. Various reports being industriously circulated that tended to rouze and irritate the passions of the people to revenge, that the army had committed the greatest excesses which alarmed us, and all the rest of the prisoners in Wexford, for our situation, we as usual consulted Mr. Hay, on this peculiar cause of distress, and found him particularly' anxious to forward a negociation of prisoners, proposed by lord Kingsborough, as the best mode of re-establishing peace and good order; during this dilemma, letters had been forwarded through the rebel camps, from Dublin, to lord Kingsborough ; in answer to which, was considered a favourable opportunity of forwarding this ineasure, which Mr. Hay readily undertook, and accordingly conducted captain M‘Manus to consult with us, and in consequence, a letter was written by Lord Kingsborough, in the name of all the prisoners, among wliom were thirteen officers, and great numbers of yeomanry officers, and principal gentlemen of the county, intimating that they were well treated, and in every respect prisoners of war; Hoping therefore that the prisoners taken by the