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Freemanís Journal, 01 April 1780


At a meeting of the Dundalk Volunteers, on Wednesday the 29th day of March, 1780,


Resolved unanimously, That the following Address be presented to our worthy Colonel the Earl of CLANBRASSIL.


My Lord,


WE cannot resist this first opportunity to express our most sincere thanks to your lordship for the very obliging and polite manner in which you did us the honour to present us at our last meeting with a most elegant pair of Colours.


The manner in which your Lordship was pleased to express your sense of our conduct a sa corps since we were embodied, we look upon as highly flattering to us.


Be assured, my Lord, that it is our full resolution to persevere in that line of conduct which has merited your Lordship's approbation; and that we shall be ever actuated by those principles, and be mindful of those great objects which first induced us to take up arms, namely, the defence of our King and country, and the Security of our own domestic peace and happiness.


these, my Lord, we take to be the most suitable returns we can mae for the many favours we have received from your Lordship.


                        Signed by order,

                        JOHN PAGE, jun., Adjutant.


Which address having been presented to his Lordship at the parade, he was pleased to return the following address:




I am extremely flattered by your approbation of my conduct, and shall always be happy in every opportunity of testifying my regard and attachment to you.







Freemanís Journal, 04 December 1783


The following paragraph having appeared in the Evening Post of the 25th current.


Captain Thomas Read, alledged in excuse for his absence from the National Convention, that he was obliged to leave town on an express that riots had arisen in Dundalk, on account of the decision of the Committee on the late election for that town.


Now, we the undersigned Inhabitants of the said town, take this method of assuring the Public, that the ideas of a riot could have arisen no where except in Captain Readís own breast; the unanimous and just decision of that Committee was highly satisfactory to far the greater number of the inhabitants of this town. The rejoicing here was heart-felt, and concluded with the utmost harmony and mirth, without any kind of riot whatsoever. Captain Read arrived at Dundalk between 11 and 12 oíclock, on Tuesday the 20th current, twenty four hours subsequent to the decision of the Committee.

Dundalk, 28th Nov. 1783.


Thomas Mc. Ennery

Edward Mc. Ardell

Mat. Manypenny

Manus Howard

Bern. Duffy

John Cavanagh

Simon Bailey

James Scott

Jos. Mowitz

Capt. Pat. Byrne

Neal Coleman

F. Mc. Kenna

Tho. Wrightson

Hugh Martin

Peter Concanen

James Gary

Wm. Mont. Williamson

Wm. Pittman, Bailiff

Christ. Balfe

James Forde

Geo. Concanen

Fairfax Mercer

Peter Godbey

James Mc. Kenna

Edward Tallon

Patrcik Mc. Kenna

Stanmus Gilmer

Mich. Coleman, senior

Laurence Tallon

Mich. Coleman, junior

Mor. Martin

Thomas Coleman

John Atkinson

Charles Lester

Daniel Davett

Thomas Lester

Rich. Marke

Charles Elgee

Wm. Byrne

John Walsh

George Hand

Peter Jeuers

Patrick Martin







Freemanís Journal, 25 September 1784


At a meeting of the DUNDALK CORPS of Light Infantry, held at Dundalk the 12th day of September, 1784, Capt. Robert Browne in the Chair, the following Resolutions were agreed to:


Resolved, That this Corps did first associate and take arms in the defence of, and for the protection of our Country, Liberty and Laws, against all Enemies, Foreign and Domestic.


Resolved, That we consider our invaluable Constitution, as framed by the wisdom of our Ancestors, every way calculated to make a free and industrious people happy.


Resolved, That as loyalty to our Sovereign, and an inviolable attachment to our Country and Constitution, is the true characteristic of Patriots and Soldiers, so we are determined to defend both at the hazard of our lives; and that we will at all times readily put ourselves under the command of the Civil Magistrate to enforce due obedience to the laws, and for the maintenance of peace and good order.


Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to his Grace the Lord Lieutenant, expressive of our sentiments on this occasion.


Resolved, That our Colonel, the Earl of Clanbrassil, be requested, to present said address.


Resolved, That the above Resolution and Address be published in the Dublin Evening Post, and Freemanís Journal.


Signed by order of the Meeting,

R. BROWNE, Captain

To his Grace, CHARLES, Duke of RUTLAND, Lord Lieutenant General and General Governor of Ireland.


May it please your Grace,


WE his Majestyís most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Officers and private Volunteers of the Dundalk Corps of Light Infantry, impressed with the highest sense of loyalty and affection to our Sovereign, and an inviolable attachment to our Country and Constitution, humbly beg leave to address your Grace, and to assure you of our steady adherence to this principle.


We behold with extreme concern the late tumults and violence committed in the Capital Ė we doubt not the wisdom of Government finding means to rectify those abuses Ė and we humbly beg leave to assure your Grace, that we shall be found at all times ready to assist the Civil Magistrate in the execution of his duty, for the maintenance of peace, and good order.


Signed by order of the Corps

Dundalk, Sept. 12, 1784                                                       R. BROWNE, Captain





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