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This Day the following Letter was received from Lieutenant General Lake by Lord Castlereagh


Printer / Publisher: Dublin Castle George Grierson
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This Day the following Letter was received from Lieutenant General Lake by Lord Castlereagh

Murder of seventy prisoners at Enniscorthy [handwritten note that 95 were murdered and capture of Mr Roache with further note about Bagmal Harvey
Date of Article: 23/06/1798
Printer / Publisher: Dublin Castle George Grierson
Address: Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, Dublin
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DUBLIN CASTLE, 23d June, 1798. I THIS Day the following Letter was received, from Lieutenant General Lake by Lord Castlereagh " Wexford, 22d June, 1798. " MY LORD, " YESTERDAY Afternoon I had the Honour to dispatch a Letter to your Lordship from Enniscorthy, with the Transactions of the Day, for his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant's Information; and the enclosed Copy of a Letter from Brigadier General Moore to Major General Johnson, will account for my having j entered this Place without Opposition. General Moore, with his ulual Enter- prise and Activity, pushed on to this Town, and entered it so opportunely as to , prevent it from being laid in Ashes, and the Massacre of the remaining Pri- soners, which the Rebels declared their Intention of carrying into Execution • the very next Day; and there can be little Doubt it would have taken Place, for the Day before they murdered above seventy Prisoners, and threw their Bodies over the Bridge. [ Note: 95 as reported by an officer of the Kings Co Reg now in Wexford *' Inclosed is a Copy of my Answer to the Proposals of the Inhabitants of • this Town, transmitted in my Letter of Yesterday to your Lordship : the Eva- cuation of the Town by the REBELS renders it unnecessary. I have the Plea sure to acquaint your Lordship, that the Subscriber of the insolent Proposals, Mr. Keughe, and one or their principal Leaders, * Mr. Roache, with a few others, are in my Hands, without Negotiation. The REBELS are reported to be in some Force within five Miles of this Place, it is supposed, for the Purpose of Submission, to which the Event of Yesterday may strengthen their Inclinations. I have Reason to think there are a Number so dispofed, and that I shall be able to secure some more of their Leaders; but should I be disappointed in my Ex- pectations, and find they collect in any Force, I shall lose no Time in attacking, them. [ a Popish Priest who burnt 150 Prots in a Barn for wh he was appointed to command the Rebels instead of B : Bagmal Harvey who refused to do it] " I HAVE, & C. " G- LAKE : Lord Viscount Castlereagh. From Enquiry the Numbers killed Yesterday were very great indeed. " Dear General, Camp above Wexford, 23d June, 1798. " AGREEABLE to your Order, I took Post on the Evening of the 19th, near Fooke's Mill, in the Park of Mr. Sutton. Next Day I sent a strong Detach- nent under Lieutenant Colonel Wilkinson, to patrole towards Tintern and Clonmines, with a View to scour the Country, and communicate with the Troops you directed to join me from Duncannon. The Lieutenant Colonel round the Country deserted, and got no Tidings of the Troops. I waited tor them until three o'Clock in the Afternoon, when, despairing of their Arrival, began my March to Taghmon. We had not marched above Half a Mile, when considerable Body of the REBELS was perceived marching towards us. I sent my advanced Guard, consisting of the two Rifle Companies of the 60th, a skirmish with them, whilst a Howitzer and a six Pounder were advanced a Cross- Road above Goff's- Bridge, and some Companies of Light Infantry armed on each Side of them, under Lieutenant Colonel Wilkinson. The ReBELS attempted to attack these, but were instantly repulsed, and driven beyond the Bridge. A large Body were perceived at the same Time moving wards my left. Major Aylmer, and afterwards Major Daniel, with five companies of Light Infantry, and a six Pounder, were detached against them, the 60th Regiment, finding no further Opposition in Front, had, of them- ves, inclined to their left to engage the Body which was attempting to turn The Action here was for a short Time pretty sharp. The REBELS re in great Numbers, and armed with both Muskets and Pikes. They were, wever, forced to give Way, and driven, though they repeatedly attempted orm, behind the Ditches. They at last dispersed, flying towards Ennis- by and Wexford. Their killed could not be ascertained, as they lay scatter- ed - ed in the Fields, over a considerable Extent; but they seemed to be nu I inclose a List of ours. The Troops behaved with great Spirit. The At and Hompesck's Cavalry, were active, and seemed only to regret that the try did not admit of their rendering more effectual Service. Major L the only Officer whose Wound is bad ; it is through the Knee, but gerous. " The Business, which began between three and four, was not over eight ; it was then too late to proceed to Taghmon. I took Post for the on the Ground where the Action had commenced. As the REBELS way, I was informed of the Approach of the Second and Twenty- nine inents under Lord Dalhousie. In the Morning of the 21st we were pr to Taghmon, when I was met by an Officer of the North Cork from with the inclosed Letters. " I gave, of course, no Answer to the Propr by the Inhabitants of Wexford, but I thought it my Duty immediately ceed here, and to take Post above the Town, by which Means I have, saved the Town itself from Fire, as well as the Lives of many loyal who were Prisoners in the Hands of the REBELS. The REBELS fl my Approach, over the Bridge of Wexford, and towards the Barony of shall wait here your further, Orders, Lord Kingsborough has informed different Engagements he had entered into with Respect to the Inhab have declined entering into the Subject, but have referred his Lordship or General Lake. " I received your pencilled Note during the Action of the 2oth impossible for me then to detach the Troops you asked for, b you have perfectly succeeded at Enniscorthy with those you had. * Mr. Roache commands the REBELS, is encamped, I hear, about five Miles off; he Kingsborough to surrender upon Terms. Your Presence speedily is up Account extremely necessary. [* The Popish Priest] " I have the Honour to be, & c. & c. " JOHN MOORE[?] ' " It is difficult to judge of the Numbers of the REBELS, they such Crowds, and so little Order. Information states those we beat to between five and six Thousand." Major General Johnston * TERMS proposed by the REBELS in the Town of Wexford. [ of the Antrim Reg. taken Prisoner by the Rebels] " That Captain M'Manus, shall proceed from Wexford towards companied by Mr. E. Hay, appointed by the Inhabitants, of all religions sions, to inform the Officer commanding the King's Troops, that ready to deliver up the Town of Wexford without Opposition, lay down Arms, and return to their Allegiance, provided that their Persons an ties are guaranteed by the commanding Officer ; and that they will use fluence in their Power to induce the People of the Country at large to their Allegiance also. These Terms, we hope; Captain M'Manus able to procure. " Signed:, by Order of the Inhabitants of Wexford, « MATT. KEUGH -— Lieutenant General Lake's Answer to Mr. Keughe's Proposals *' Lieutenant General Lake cannot attend to any Terms offered by in Arms against their Sovereign ; while they continue so, he must use entrusted to him, with the utmost Energy, for their Destruction. " To the deluded Multitude he promises Pardon, on their delivery his Hands their Leaders, surrendering their Arms, and returning with to their Allegiance. ( Signed) " G. LAKE Enniscorthy, 22d June, 1798. DUBLIN ; Printed by GEORGE GRIERSON, Printer to the KING's Most Excellent
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