FITZPATRICK, Richard. 15634

£75

Description

Letter Signed, as Secretary at War, to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Officer commanding in Jersey, sending him the King’s Order in Council “concerning Ships and Vessels performing Quarantine”. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, horizontal folds, a few minor foxing spots, small loss at one corner, generally in good condition. Contemporary annotation: ‘He went up in a Balloon with Sadler.” War Office, 3 May 1783. Richard Fitzpatrick (1748–1813), army officer, politician, and poet. Fitzpatrick was a talented writer of satirical verse—he published The Bath Picture (1771) and Dorinda: a Town Eclogue (1775)—a bon viveur, and a balloonist. In 1772 Fitzpatrick was gazetted lieutenant and captain. Despite his opposition to the American War, he did not resign his commission when his regiment was ordered to New York in the winter of 1777. Instead he went to America where he fought in the Battle of Brandywine and the Battle of Germantown. Fitzpatrick served as chief secretary to the lord lieutenant of Ireland, the duke of Portland, in the Rockingham administration (March–July 1782) and sat in the Irish parliament for Maryborough (1782–3). He opposed the Shelburne ministry, played a key role in the negotiations to form the Fox–North coalition, and was rewarded with the secretaryship at war when it was in power under Portland (April–December 1783).[DNB]