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Lot 1200/0217

Estimate: €1000-1500

Sheares (John, United Irishman) An Autograph Letter signed, dated Tuesday 11th July 1798, three days before he was hanged for treason at Newgate Prison with his brother Henry, cotnaining his last wishes for his family.
‘Thou sacred Power whatever be thy name or nature who has created me the frail thing I am, hear the arden’t Prayer of the Creature about to enter thy Presence. if the Divine Providence can be affected by mortal application. Hear and Grant I beseech thee the last wishes of an hear that ever dreaded thy Goodness. Let Peace and Happiness once more visit the bosoms of my beloved Family, let a Mild Grief succeed the Miseries they have endured and when the last debt is Paid to the dust of him who caused them let their ensuin Days glide on in unity and Domestic Happiness. Lighten the Afflictions of my beloved Mother, to Henry and his excellent wie grant undisturbed enjoyment to their mutual Love..
Adieu my Julia my light is just out, to me the approach of darkness is like that of Death, since both alike require I should say farewell, my dear Family, farewell forever.’ With a good signature. On a single quarto sheet, writen one side only, somewhat foxed, a few minor tears, small piecde missing at bottom (no loss of text).
A historic document, generally in good condition, as a m/ss., w.a.f.
John Sheares and his brother Henry were executed for treason, after they were betraye dby an informer. They had developed Republican sympathies durin a visit to relations in France. (1)

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