Atholl Papers Bundle AP_X22(2nd)

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Gen. Crosbie to Lt.Gov.Shaw, advising the arrival of the Duke of York's Royal Dublin Regt. from Ireland for training in the Island. (Copy)
+ 6.6.1795 Lord Lieut. to Shaw. as above,and asking his assistance,(copy)
Lt.Gov.Shaw to Duke.
Lt.Gov.Shaw to H.R.H. The Duke of York. Chief. (Copy) asking that no more new regiments should be sent to the Island owing to the shortage of food available there.
Lt.Gov.Shaw to H.R.H. The Duke of York. re his difficulties with the several people seeking recruits for other regiments from amongst the Fencibles,
Lt.Gov.Shaw to H.R.H. The Duke of York. forwarding an Address from the people of Castletown. (Missing N.M.)
Lt.Gov.Shaw to H.R.H. The Duke of York.An advance party of the Duke of York's Royal Dublin Regt. has arrived,the officer commanding them bringing with him copies of letters as enclosed (these are AP_X22(2nd)_1 above N.M.) He has allowed them to land but has told the War Office in Ireland that no more may be sent without direct orders from the Commander in Chief in England,or the Secretary at War,who would no doubt send provisions with them,as the Island is not able to supply these. Mr.Oates of Oatland has asked for a commission in the Fencibles,and is recommended on the grounds that he is "though a young man,now the head of one of our best families and likely by placing him in good company to keep him clear of low company and rum which were fatal to his elder brother".
Lt.Gov.Shaw to H.R.H. The Duke of York. with an Address and the reason why someone ( ? Deemster Lace N.M.)refused to sign it. (Address missing N.M.)
H.R.H. The Duke of York to Lt.Gov.Shaw,. (Copy) "The use of the Island is necessary for the formation of the new Corps,but he will try and obviate the inconvenience caused.
Speech of Lt.Gov.Shaw to Tynwald, This covers,inter alia, the success of the Duke in having the Island omitted from the terms of the English Bill for the manning of the navy,and so leaving to the Keys the right to say whether or not an English Act shall apply in the Island, - a valuable precedent,
Lt.Gov.Shaw to Capt.Small. from Douglas,where he has been to present Colours to Col.Craddock's Regiment. Apologising for any offence he may have given to either Small or the Duke he assures him that if he did it was unintentional. Then,in a despondent vein,he blames his own troubles on himself and wishes Small well.
Lt.Gov.Shaw to Duke. He presumes that he stands in the same relation to the Duke as he did to Gov.Smith. But he protests that he has no wish to do anything but carry out the Duke's orders to the best of his power, He regrets that the Duke should think he does not send him enough information. This may be blamed on his poor penmanship which makes him tedious and prolix from fear that he might be obscure. Perhaps he has been both. His resentment at his treatment by the Keys has made him declare he will never meet them again except on direct orders from the Duke. Denies that he has tried to interfere with the selection of members, but has always exhorted them to choice men best qualified in all respects. Regrets that the Duke thought it wrong of him to write direct to the Commander in Chief about the Irish regiments coming to the Island,and points out the difficulty of maintaining discipline amongst them when their officers are not properly commissioned. The new Act designed to obtain men for the navy should will induce many to join the Manx Fencibles in order to avoid the navy. Other men may,if desired,be got from Northern Ireland.
Lt.Gov.Shaw to Duke. Lt.Fleming R.N. has asked his assistance in obtaining recruits for the navy in accordance with the new Act,but he has had to refuse until he shall receive orders to do so. When this happens he will be glad to do all he can,but points out that he cannot supply billets as the Billiting Act does not apply in the Island, He suggents Lt.Fleming should pay his men six pence per week with which to obtain lodgings,as is done for the soldiers.
Lt.Gov.Shaw to Duke. He does not wish to enter into any altercation with the Duke,but conscious of having done nothing wrong he is prepared to defend his conduct if he should be brought to trial. All his life,except when disabled by wounds or weakness brought on by service - from which he still suffers - he has done his duty to the best of his ability. If the Duke thinks otherwise he must have been misinformed or else misunderstood. He asserts that he has done more to dispel the antagonism to the Duke,which he found to exist in the Island when he came to it, than all the agents the Duke ever had there And in return he has never asked,with one small exception, the slightest favour for himself. It has long been said in the Island that ever since the Duke was appointed Chief he has wished to have the writer removed, but,as his present post is his sole support he will not offer his resignation before he knows the conditions on which the Duke will offer him to do so.
Lt.Gov.Shaw to Duke. He will at once send a party of soldiers to Douglas,as asked. Regrets that he cannot himself march so far and,as he has neither horse nor carriage cannot accompany them.
Lt.Gov.Shaw to Duke. He will give all the help he can to the recruiting for the new Fencibles He will send some of the Fencibles to work on the Douglas pier,but they may not like to work there for less wages than other labourers.
Lt.Gov.Shaw to Duke. A second party of the Royal Dublin Regiment has arrived. It is to be hoped that their men and the new Fencible recruits spending their bounties together in the same publick houses will not quarrel with each other.
R.Clague to Major Small. asking whether the Duke intends to make a claim against the effects of the late Peter J.Heywood,now held by his son James Heywood against whom Mr.Leece of Liverpool has lodged a claim in court.
Lt.Gov.Shaw to Duke. informing him of the above [AP_X22(2nd)_17] ,and asking for instructions.
Lt.Gov.Shaw to Duke. Recruits for the Fencibles have been obtained by a bounty of three guineas. But as the Govt. allowance is five guineas he wishes to know whether he shall claim the full amount and use the difference to meet recruiting expenses etc. Capt. Chas.McPherson has arrived from the Barrack-Master General to make arrangement for housing 2,000 men in temporary quarters. When he made proposals to meet this situation previously he received blame instead of the praise he expected. A meaner-minded man than he would have thought this hard and irkesome.
Lt.Gov.Shaw to Duke. Though not mercenary he had hoped that his efforts to promote harmony in the Island would have procured friends for himself and his family. But deprived of all confidence and support from the Duke he cannot now do all he would like to do. but being content now to be politically the cypher the Duke wishes him to be, and do no more than his bare official duties,he yet begs to suggest that the Duke should visit the Island and clear up the misunderstandings which prevail.
Lt.Gov.Shaw to Duke. asking that the vacancies amongst the officers of the Fencibles may be filled.
Lt.Gov.Shaw to Duke.Tynwald have lifted the embargo on the export of provisions,except for small articles such as dairy produce and poultry, This will help the feeding of the numerous troops now in the Island and the poorer classes, The export of cattle was allowed to be resumed so as not to inflict hardship on the farmers, but if there are to be two thousand troops stationed in the island for training, contracts for supplying them with bread and meat should be made at once . If this is not done all the surplus grain at least will be exported,and the troops have to import it for themselves.
Major Small to Duke.Lord and Lady Henry arrived on the 13th. Forty recruits for the Fencibles are on their way from London,and others are expected from Ireland. The Royal Dublin Regt. is expected to leave soon - unless they refuse to go. "Of all the Corps that ever I saw,Croats and Pandours included,I never beheld such a set in the shape of soldiers. The officers are continually drunk,and the men continually shop-breaking and insulting the inhabitants,and I would not be surprised should matters lead to some serious fracas." Col. Dawson has asked on behalf of "a Mr.Whaley" for permission to pitch a tent on the Calf and shoot there for a few days. This he has refused,on account of the valuable sheep there He has had correspondence with Mr.Whaley,which he encloses, (see below ) Mr.W. has now left the Island, but promises to return,
Whaley to Small (copy) sent by a drunken porter,and his reply.
Lt.Gov.Shaw to Duke.Recommending Mr. Alex.Sutherland (a half-pay Captain in the 78th.) for a lieutenancy in the Fencibles. Details of this gentleman. When going round the Island recently to inspect its defences - being apprehensive that the French might attempt a landing - he found "a good deal of hurrahing... but the divil a stroke of work by any but the poor Fencibles. At Douglas the cannon were parbuckled from where they lay useless on the pier to a pretty high bank on the opposite or south side of the harbour... this unnecessary expense and trouble was caused because the storekeeper of the Ordnance would not allow the use of the proper sort of cart for the carriage of them by road. At Douglas a volunteer Company of musketeers has been formed amongst the strangers,who chose their officers by ballet. Fired by this example two or three Companies are now being formed amongst the Manx. But until they are paid and authorised by the Legislature he considers that little reliance can ba placed upon them, There is great need of some cavalry,and he thinks that if the Duke would reappoint the former officers he would not again have reason to complain of them, At the moment there is no troop,for a number of the men have raturned their areas etc, to the Captains of the Parishes.


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