Documents relating to the retirement ceremony of John Rice Lamb, Governor of Smithfield Convict Prison. Contains: draft of John Rice Lamb's acceptance speech; receipt from West and Son to Francis Good for an engraved silver tea service; clipping of the presentation address and testimonial silver tea service presented by deputation to John Rice Lamb; testimonial to John Lamb.
Seventeenth-century letters and papers, 1595-1699 and 1871 of the two branches of the Parsons family, the Parsonses of Bellamont, Co. Dublin, Viscounts Rosse, and the Parsonses of Parsonstown, alias Birr, King's County.
Legal agreements in the form of deeds and indentures relating to the Derenzy family’s title and interest in lands in the vicinity of Tinnycross, County Offaly. The earliest deed dating from 1630, records Sir Mathew de Renzi purchasing the townlands of Ballynashragh, Ballycosny, Tyrenehinan, Kilmore and Derry, all in the barony of Ballycowen, on behalf of his son Mathew DeRenzy, then at the bar in London. The vendor was Robert Branthwaite of London, who had been granted the land by letters patent of King James I. Further adjoining townlands of Rossnagouloge or Cappanure were purchased by Sir Mathew from Allen Jones in 1630, and the following year the adjacent townlands of Derrykilliagh and Kilbeg were purchased from Art McOwen O’Molloy. All were settled on his son, Mathew DeRenzy. The bulk of the collection consists of numerous leases and mortgages raised against the land by Mathew DeRenzy between 1699 and 1703, while he lived at Cloghbemon in County Wexford. Later items in the collection relate to the sale of the lands to Reverend James Cox, Archdeacon of Ferns.
Receipt of requisitions for Charles William Bury, esquire, from Jeremiah D’Olier, gold smith and jeweller, at the Bear and Hammer, Dame Street, near Cork Hill, city of Dublin. Includes one pair plated goblets, engraved gilt, £17.9.8; one oval engraved tea pot, £8.15.0.
A handwritten copy and a typed copy of a letter from Benjamin Bloomfield, New Ross, Co. Wexford to 'my dear Tom' describing his experience during the Battle of Vinegar Hill.
Within the letter Benjamin describes the battle, 'They appeared as insensible of danger as if there really had not been the least, they were so desperate as to march up in the face of my gun several times, tho' I was supported by strong detachments of Infantry.' He also discusses his sadness at being separated from his wife Harriet.