When great men fall out: William Wickham's resignation as chief secretary for Ireland in January 1804
Durey, M. (2008) When great men fall out: William Wickham's resignation as chief secretary for Ireland in January 1804. Parliamentary History, 25 (3). pp. 334-356.
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On 2 January 1804 William Wickham informed Prime Minister Henry Addington that owing to persistent illness and a lame knee he was obliged to resign his position as chief secretary for Ireland. In reply, Addington accepted this explanation at face value, lamenting its necessity but hoping 'that the Time is not distant when you will resume your Station in Ireland, or be placed in one not less important elsewhere'. Wickham was never to return to Ireland. nor except for a brief period as a member of the treasury during the Ministry of all Talents did he ever again hold public office. He was however, to be haunted by his decision to resign and by the Irish question, especially in the last years of his long life (he died in October 1840 at the age 79)...
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