[‘The Hanging Judge’: the Earl of Norbury, Chief Justice of the Irish Common Pleas.] Autograph Signed endorsement, with that of Nathaniel Alexander, Bishop of Meath, to manuscript recommendation of ‘Alexander Hawthorne of Sackville Street, Glover’.

John Toler, 1st Earl of Norbury (1745-1831), Chief Justice of the Irish Common Pleas between 1800 and 1827, known as ‘the Hanging Judge’ [Nathaniel Alexander (1760-1840), Bishop of Meath]
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7 February 1829. Dublin.
SKU: 24786

Within a couple of years of his death Norbury’s nickname was given as ‘the hanging judge’ (see ‘The Georgian Era’, vol.2, 1833), and yet no mention is made of the fact in his entry in the Oxford DNB. The present document is 1p, 4to. On the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. The declaration, in a secretarial hand, reads: ‘We, the undersigned, have pleasure in recommending Alexander Hawthorne of Sackville Street, Glover as a person worthy of being honored with the commands of their Excellencies the Most Noble, The Duke & Duchess of Northumberland having known him for many years to be an honest, industrious, respectable tradesman, & one of the best Glove Manufacturers in Dublin’. Beneath this the Bishop of Meath writes: ‘45 Great Georges Street North / Feby 7th 1829 As far as I have knowledge I believe Alexander Hawthorne of Sackville Street to be an honest Man and a good Tradesman - Nathl: Meath’. And beneath that: ‘I know the bearer & know him a respectable Glover - 9 Gardiners row Norbury’. Norbury’s signature is largely written and heavily-inked. See Image.