CONSIDERED IN A SERIES OF LETTERS TO A NOBLE LORD, CONTAINING
AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE AFFAIRS OF THAT KINGDOM.
JOHN HELY HUTCHINSON,
PROVOST OF TRINITY COLLEGE, ETC.
|“——the best exposition which exists of the poisonous forces which had so
long been working in the country.”—Froude.
|“This valuable and rare book is, perhaps, the best ever written on the subject
of Irish trade, and the restrictions put upon it by England.”—Mr. Blackburne.
With a Sketch of the Author’s Life, Introduction,
Notes, and Index,
W. G. CARROLL, M.A.
S.S. BRIDE’S AND MICHAEL LE POLE’S, DUBLIN.
M. H. GILL & SON, 50 UPPER SACKVILLE STREET
LONDON: SIMPKIN, MARSHALL & CO., STATIONERS’-HALL COURT.
|“Good Heaven! for what peculiar crimes,
Beyond the guilt of former times,
Is Ireland ever doom’d by fate
To groan beneath Oppression’s weight.”—Baratariana.
“If your vessel is frequently in danger of foundering in the midst of a calm, if by the smallest addition of sail she is near oversetting, let the gale be ever so steady, you would neither reproach the crew nor accuse the pilot or the master; you would look to the construction of the vessel and see how she had been originally framed and whether any new works had been added to her that retard or endanger her course.”—Commercial Restraints.
PRINTED BY M. H. GILL AND SON, 50 UPPER SACKVILLE-ST., DUBLIN.
The Publishers desire to express their best thanks to the Provost and Senior Fellows of Trinity College for their kindness in lending the Library copy of the “Commercial Restraints,” and the portrait of Provost Hely Hutchinson, by Sir Joshua Reynolds; also for the extracts from the College Register, and for free access to the Matriculation and Judgment Books.
The Publishers have, likewise, to acknowledge their obligation to Sir Samuel Ferguson for the courteous favour of the fac-simile of Provost Hutchinson’s autograph which underlines the frontispiece.
||The Hutchinson Family
||Grattan and Fitzgibbon’s College Course
||Lists of the Secretaries of State, Chancellors of the Exchequer,
Speakers of the Irish House of Commons, and Chief Secretaries
LIFE OF PROVOST HELY HUTCHINSON.
The Right Hon. John Hely Hutchinson, author of the “Commercial Restraints,” was certainly one of the most remarkable men that this country ever produced; and he took, amidst an unequalled combination of brilliant rivals, a very prominent part in the most interesting and splendid period of Ireland’s internal history. He was, according to Dr. Duigenan, a man of humble parents. He entered Trinity College as a Pensioner, in the year 1740, under the name John Hely, and after his marriage he adopted the name Hutchinson, on succeeding to the estate of his wife’s uncle.
In 1744 he obtained his B.A., and Duigenan admits that in his Undergraduate Course he won some premiums at the quarterly examinations. In 1765 he was presented with the degree of LL.D. Honoris Causâ. The College Calendar, in the list of Provosts, has, “1774. The Rt. Hon. John Hely Hutchinson, LL.D., educated in Trin. Coll., Dublin, but not a Fellow; admitted Provost by Letters Patent of George III., July 15; Member of Parliament for the City of Cork, and Secretary of State. Died Provost, Sep. 4, 1794, at Buxton.”
This is all the mention which the published records of the College make of, perhaps, its most celebrated Provost. The Calendar is inaccurate as to the year of his matriculation, and it does not even tell that he was the author of the “Commercial Restraints”—its memorial notices being extremely scanty and brief; but in other contemporary writings we find several notices of him, unfavourable and favourable. He was called to the Bar in 1748; King’s