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[Plunket, The Life, Letters and Speeches of Lord Plunket.

[Plunket, The Life, Letters and Speeches of Lord Plunket.

[Plunket, Lord William] Plunket, David. The Life, Letters and Speeches of Lord Plunket. By his Grandson, the honourable David Plunket. With an introductory Preface by Lord Brougham. In two Volumes. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1867. 8°. Volume I: XI, 410 pages / Volume II: VII, 380 pages. Original Hardcover (Original cloth with gilt lettering on spine and blindstamped boards). Recently rebacked and professionally repaired, this volume is now in excellent condition with only minor signs of wear. Very firm and tight. Very rare in this condition !

Includes for example: Birth and Parentage / Friendship ofBarry Yelverton / The College Historical Society / Progress at the Bar / Provost Hutchinson / The University Election of 1790 / Enters Irish Parliament / Wolfe Tone / The “Press” Newspaper / Lord Moira / Speech on the State of Ireland / Denounces the Rebels / Irish Whigs in 1798 / Style in the Irish House of Commons / Lord Castlereagh / Irish Volunteers / Lord Fitzwilliam / United Irishmen / The Rebellion / The Union and the Bar / The Anti-Union / First Debate on the Union / Political Duelling Clubs / Mr.Pitt’s Argument for a Union / Last Debate on the Union / Sir Boyle Roche / Amendment to the Union / Reply of St. George Daly / Plunket and Castlereagh / Last Words against the Union / Grattan / Robert Emmett / Trial of the Conspirators / Plunket’s Address / Plunket appointed Solicitor-General / Sketch of Plunket by W.H.Curran / Manner and Method of Argument / The Irish Bar / Anecdotes / Descriptive Lines by Bulwer-Lytton / Represents Dublin University / History of Catholic Emancipation / The Penal Code / etc. etc.

William Conyngham Plunket, 1st Baron Plunket PC, KC (1 July 1764 – 5 January 1854) was an Irish politician and lawyer. He served as Lord Chancellor of Ireland between 1830 and 1834 and again between 1835 and 1841. The son of a Presbyterian minister, Reverend Thomas Plunket of Dublin, and his wife Mary (née Conyngham), Plunket was born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, and educated at Trinity College Dublin. After graduating in 1784, he was admitted as a student at Lincoln’s Inn, and was called to the Irish bar three years later.
Plunket was made a King’s Counsel in 1795, and three years later was elected to the Irish House of Commons as a Member of Parliament for Charlemont. After the Act of Union was passed, Plunket lost his seat, and failed to be elected to Westminster for the University of Dublin in 1802, but he subsequently became Solicitor-General for Ireland in 1803, a post he held for two years before becoming Attorney-General for Ireland, again for two years. He was appointed a member of the Privy Council of Ireland on 6 December 1805.

In January 1807, he was returned to British House of Commons as a Whig member for Midhurst, representing the constituency for only three months, although he subsequently returned to the House of Commons in 1812 as the member for Dublin University, a seat which he continued to represent until May 1827.
In 1822 he was reappointed to the office of Attorney-General for Ireland because William Saurin (Attorney General 1807–22) was implacably opposed to Catholic Emancipation, which the Crown then accepted had become inevitable. Plunket, by contrast, supported Emancipation and was able to work in reasonable harmony with Daniel O’Connell to secure it.
In 1827, relinquishing his seat in the House of Commons, he was raised to the Peerage of the United Kingdom as Baron Plunket, of Newton in the County of Cork Plunket was married to Catherine MacCausland, daughter of John MacCausland (Irish parliamentarian) of Strabane and Elizabeth Span, daughter of Reverend William Span of Ballmacove, County Donegal. Their son Thomas became Church of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry. Thomas’s eldest daughter the Honourable Katherine Plunket (1820–1932) was the longest-lived Irish person ever. Their other children included sons Patrick (died 1859) and Robert (Dean of Tuam from 1850), and a daughter, Louisa. In Dublin, Plunket was a member of Daly’s Club. He died in January 1854, aged 89, at his country house, Old Connaught, near Bray, County Wicklow, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son, Thomas. He lived in considerable state: Sir Walter Scott, who visited him at Old Connaught, left a glowing tribute to Plunket’s charm and hospitality, and the excellence of his food and wine.and was appointed Chief Justice of the Irish Common Pleas. He was an advocate of Catholic Emancipation, and served as Lord Chancellor of Ireland from 1830 to 1841, with a brief interval when the Tories were in power between 1834 and 1835. He was forced into retirement to allow Sir John Campbell to assume office. (Wikipedia)

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The Life, Letters and Speeches of Lord Plunket.
The Life, Letters and Speeches of Lord Plunket.