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1825 . Aug . 22 , at the house of his brother , Lord Hutchinson , Bulstrode Street , Manchester Square , the Earl of Donoughmore , a Peer of Great Britain , one of the original Representative Peers for Ireland , a Privy Councillor , Lord Treasurer ' s Remembrancer of His
Majesty ' s Court of Exchequer in Ireland , a General in the army , Governor in the county of Tipperary , &c . His residences in Ireland were Knocklofty , in the county of Tipperary , and Palmerston-house , Dublin . Some of the Irish papers , in
recording the death of the Earl of Donoughmore , give elaborate sketches of his public life , as connected with Irish affairs . The most prominent topic of eulogium is the Noble Earl's steadfast and unalterable adherence to what is called the
Catholic cause , through all the vicissitudes of its varied success . The principle of this line of conduct he inherited from his father , who was the first statesman in Ireland , who , both in the Cabinet and out of it , was the avowed and uncompromising advocate of a repeal of the penal
code , which degraded both the Government and the people , as well as for the removal of those baneful commercial restrictions which paralyzed the energies of his country , while they diminished the general resources of the kingdom . The Noble Earl ' s father , in his work called
" Commercial Restraints , " developed all those great commercial principles respecting the trade of England , which are now , after an interval of 70 years , acted upon by the enlightened policy of the Imperial
Government . All these principles the Earl of Donoughmore inherited , and has repeatedly recorded them in the Irish and British Parliament . With respect to the Catholic question , it is remarkable that it should be its fate to survive its
greatest , most uniform , and most consistent advocates , although for the last four years the accomplishment of its success has been confidently predicted in their time . Mr . Grattan , contrary to the advice of his friends and physicians , came to England in a dying state , to seal his attachment to his Catholic
fellow-countrymen , by devoting to them the last effort of his expiring strength . Lord Donoughmore , against a similar appeal , made the like sacrifice . He went from his bed to attend the meeting at the Crown and Anchor , which followed the rejection of the bill by the House of Lords , and there made a warm and impassioned appeal to the Catholic Peers and Com-
moners then assembled , recommending to them the exercise of that temper and firmness in the promotion of their cause which they have since adopted , with so much advantage to their own characters , and utility to their great object . The Noble Earl's last public act was , mainly assisting in bringing together the
sixtyfive Peers , whose admirable resolutions at the Duke of Buckingham ' s house he was afterwards the chief instrument of publishing—thus , on his death-bed , leaving the Catholic cause supported by a solemn league and covenant , which bore the signatures of the greatest and most illustrious names in the British Peerage , who stood pledged to its principles . [ See p 570 . ] For these services the Catholics of Ireland
must for ever be grateful . The late Earl was a rare instance in his rank of life , of being a landlord always residing among his tenantry , to whom , as well as to those over whom he was placed , during the active time of his life in official employments in Ireland , he was uniformly a
steady friend and benefactor . In the hour of coercion in Ireland during the rebellion , the Earl of Donoughmore , by his presence and active exertions in Cork , repressed and prevented many of those exercises of iC vigour beyond the law , " which the inflamed zeal of the
partisans of Government were then elsewhere daily inflicting ; he was also persevering and intrepid in the performance of what he felt to be his duty ; and his temperance and humanity , during the reign of terror , threw into the scale against the weight of opinion of all good men , only the obloquy of the blind zealots
of party . As a magistrate he was impartial and indefatigable , and his loss , even in these days of a reformed magistracy in Ireland , will be long felt by the poor and the friendless . The virtues of private life are not fit objects of public eulogy ; but in the numerous family of which the Earl of Donoughmore was the head , uniform and affectionate liberality and
kindness , maintained a bond of harmony and mutual attachment , which is rarely found to subsist in the same degree , in the advance of life , among domestic connexions , and which is likely long to survive in the same attached circle , from the cherished worth , and mild and unobtrusive virtues of the present Earl , who has now become its chief link , and who wore a coronet in the service of his country before he acquired one by inheritance .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1825, page 622, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2541/page/46/