[George, Viscount Townshend, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.] Manuscript 'Memorial of Michael Seix Gent:' to Townshend, 'desiring a Lieutenancy of Horse', endorsed with Townshend's Autograph Memorandum of his response.

Author: 
Field Marshal George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend [The Viscount Townshend] (1724-1807), Lord Lieutenant of Ireland [Michael Seix; Invasion of Guadeloupe, 1759, in the Seven Years' War]
Publication details: 
'presented to Lord Lieut. 21 Novr. [no year, but between 1767 and 1772].
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1p, folio. On a bifolium, the reverse of the second leaf of which is endorsed with Townshend's memorandum of his response to Seix's request: 'I told this Gentleman that I was afraid I should hardly be able to find an opportunity to serve him, especially in ye Cavalry – which The Gentlemen & Interests of this Country chiefly lookd to - | that In ye Infantry also, it would be difficult to put Gentlemen in upon Corps - | that I had some friends of my own, & many in my Family; who I fear'd I should find great difficulty to be of use to.' The same page carries two other endorsements: 'Memorial of Michael Seix Gent' and '289. | Lieut. Seix's Memorial | desiring a Lieutenancy of Horse | presented to Lord Lieut. 25 Novr.' Seix's memorial is neatly written out, and fills the whole folio page. It is headed 'To his Excellency George, Lord Viscount Townshend | Lord Lieutenant General and General Governor of ireland | The Memorial of Michael Seix Gent: late Lieutenant in the 4th: or Kings own Regiment of Foot:'. The Memorial is 31 lines long, and laid out in the usual way, beginning 'Most humbly Sheweth,' and ending 'And your Mem[oria]l[is]t. Will ever Pray'. Seix states that he 'served in the West Indies the last War and was present on every Service and Expedition carryed on in that Country – And did likewise raised a Company consisting of 100 Men – to which he was appointed Captain as will appear by his Commission – dated in March 1759 – with which he joined the Army under the Command of Major-Genl. Arrington at Guadaloupe'. He also 'applied for and Obtained the Command of a small armed Sloop with which he Scoured the Coasts of the Island Protecting the Different Convoys of Stores and Provisions for his Majestys Troops in Garrison there – as well as the Troops themselves who when obliged to Move by Sea were often insulted and even taken Prisoners – whole Companys at a time. And your Memlst. Had likewise the good Fortune to take and destroy several of the Enemys Armed Vessels and Privateers'. Before concluding with his request, he explains the circumstances which have caused him to retire on half-pay.