Ireland and the US just after the Revolution
I wonder if this is an appropriate place or whether someone could point me to somewhere where I could get some help with a fairly obscure piece of post-Revolution history?And, yes, it's genealogy too.
By the 1780's, America was establishing new trade agreements pasrticularly with France and apparently behind-the-scenes with Ireland as England was trying to hold onto that monopoly.However, Irish was in its own struggle for Independance and received support from both France and America.Irish merchants were organizing to ship their goods to America and to bring in such products as tobacco without paying the English taxes.I came across a paper "Franklin, Jefferson and the English Radicals at the End of the Eighteenth Century by Nicholas Hans" as published in the "Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society vol. 98, number 6Dec. 23, 1954".In this paper it is reported that “Henry Bowles writes to Mrs. P. Wright on Dec. 12, 1785 discussing the trade with Ireland and the tyranny of England.He advises smuggling tobacco through Ostend and states that political societies are formed throughout Great Britain and Ireland to promote Free Trade with America.”In the footnote to this reference it states “Henry Bowles is evidently the same lawyer Bowles whom David Hartley introduced to Benjamin Franklin in a letter of June 26, 1782 as a prospective emigrant to America.”
I am currently sorting out the Bowles in Limerick, Ireland and found Henry Bowles (1762-1849) who was a lawyer in Limerick and whose father was a merchant so he would seem to fit the person described in the above article.
Would anyone know how I could learn more about these events and especially how to find out more about the letter from Henry Bowles to Mrs. Wright and the letter from David Hartley to Benjamin Franklin which mentions Henry Bowles?At the very least I hope to find something to confirm that these references are indeed to Henry Bowles of Limerick.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.