John Baker Holroyd (Earl of Sheffield) letter

Scope and Content

Address: Whitehall. To the Rt Hon William Wickham, Chief Secretary for Ireland. 'Lord Sheffield has caused the tracts sent herewith relative to Ireland to be bound together with the wish they may be usefull (sic) in respect to reference to Mr. Wickham. The first gives details of the state, manufactures & commerce of Ireland to the year 1785. The speech on union continues those details to the present times & the observations on the export of wool to Ireland shews the state of the woollen manufacture in both countries'.

Autograph, unsigned.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Baker Holroyd was born in 1735. In 1781 he was created Baron Sheffield of Dunamare, Co. Meath in the Peerage of Ireland and in 1802 created Baron Sheffield of Sheffield, Co. York in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. He was President of the Board of Agriculture, a Lord of Trade and one of His Majesty's most honourable Privy Council. He was known in the literary world as a writer on political economy. He died in 1821.


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Found inserted in a Goldsmiths' Library volume 'Lord Sheffield on the State of the Union, etc' (1785) - classmark: [G.L.] 1785


This document and accompanying tracts are inserted in a Goldsmiths' Library volume 'Lord Sheffield on the State of the Union, etc' (1785) - Library classmark [G.L.] 1785. To request the document, please place an order for the volume, specifying that you wish to see the autograph letter AL346. (Note that two of the tracts are represented by several copies in the volume; it is unclear which copies relate directly to the letter.)

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