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The 15th September, 1782, the Day of
Lord Temple's Arrival.
PRINTED BY M. MILLS, No. 135, CAPEL-STREET,
TÔ HIS GRACE The Duke of PORTLAND.
My Lord Duke, YOUR private and public character, had you never been Viceroy of Ireland, would naturally point out your Grace as the patron of a work, friendly to FREEDOM and MANKIND.
But the glorious part which you have had in the emancipation of my country, peculiarly induces me, to dedicate this History to your Grace; small as the compliment may be, it is fincere, and one that I would only pay to Virtue.
I have the honor to be, Your Grace's most devoted and most humble servant,
TO THE PUBLIC.
THE important transactions which have happened in the administrations of Lord Buckinghamshire, Lord Carlisle, and the Duke of Portland, must render a history of those times interesting to every man. It is a period peculiarly interesting to Irishmen. In that short time their country was emancipated, a bloodlefs Revolution took place, and we became united with our former tyrant, by the sacred bond of equal Freedom.
I shall not enter into a minute detail, except of the most important events. The leading features will in general be sufficient, and every reader will be able to fill up the canvass. What I affert as facts, I will take all possible care shall be so. You must determine how far my conclusions are juft. It is your right, and I humbly submit to it.