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John Hughes, Reluctant agent provocateur and millenarian: A note and new documents

Durey, M. (1992) John Hughes, Reluctant agent provocateur and millenarian: A note and new documents. Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 7 . pp. 141-146.

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The purpose of this note is to draw attention to two previously unnoticed documents relating to John Hughes, the United Irish bookseller from Belfast who gained notoriety as an informer and agent provocateur in 1797-98. The documents do not throw much light on the events of these years, but they are significant in adding to our knowledge of Hughes' early life and his state of mind very soon after he quit Ireland for the United States. The documents are letters written by Hughes from South Carolina in 1802 to Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States. They are filed in Jefferson's papers held in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C .. Jefferson did not reply to them...

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society
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