[ Sir Henry George Ward and the Church of Ireland. ] Speech of H. G. Ward, Esq., M.P., on moving certain Resolutions respecting the Irish Church, in the House of Commons, on Tuesday, May 27, 1834. Extracted from the Mirror of Pariament.

H. G. Ward, Esq., M.P. [ Sir Henry George Ward (1797-1860) ] [ Sir Thomas Gladstone (1804-1889), Tory politician; The Church of Ireland ]
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London: Printed for the Proprietors of "The Mirror of Parliament," 3, Abingdon-street, Westminster. 1834.
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37pp., 8vo. Stitched and unbound. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper with spotting to front cover. In manuscript (Ward's hand?) at head of title-page: 'Thomas Gladstone Esq | MP | 6/A/Albany'. In a two-page preface, Ward states that it has 'been my fate to plead one of the greatest causes that can possibly be brought before Parliament, at a moment when circumstances have combined to give to it peculiar importance.' He hopes that 'this Publication may tend to produce, in the minds of all thinking Englishmen, the conviction, which is so deeply implanted in my own, that, upon the adoption by his Majesty's Government of the Principle of a great prospective, reduction in the Protestant Establishment in Ireland, must depend the tranquillity - I may almost say the stability - of the Empire!' Scarce: the only copy on OCLC WorldCat at the British Library, and the only other copy traced at the National Library of Ireland. Ward entered parliament as an advanced Liberal in January 1833, and his entry in the ODNB states that 'he first came to notice by his motion, the first of many, on appropriating the surplus revenues of the Irish church (Speech of H. G. Ward, esq., M.P. on moving certain resolutions respecting the Irish Church in the House of Commons … May 27, 1834, published in 1834), which resulted, whether intentionally, as was widely assumed, or not, in completing the breach in the reform ministry.'