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Edmund Sexton Pery Correspondence: Finding Aid
mssPE 1-347  
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Description
This collection contains 347 letters chiefly addressed to Irish politician Edmund Sexton Pery, Viscount Pery (1719-1806) that deal with Irish politics and parliamentary affairs, particularly during Pery's tenure as Speaker of the Irish House of Commons (1771-1785).
Background
Edmund Sexton Pery (1719-1806) was an Irish politician. In 1745, Pery was called to the Irish bar and in 1751 he was elected an M.P. for Wicklow, serving from 1751-1760 before becoming an M.P. for Limerick (1760-1785). The Dictionary of National Biography notes that "The journals of the Irish House of Commons bear witness to his activity in promoting the interests of Ireland, particularly of the city of Dublin." From 1760-1785, he represented the city of Limerick, and on March 7, 1771, he was elected speaker of the Irish House of Commons, a position he held until his retirement in 1785. He was created Viscount Pery of Newtown-Pery upon his retirement from politics.
Extent
347 boxes in 6 boxes
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