No part of Castlereagh’s career has evoked more hostility than that concerned with Ireland. In the gallery reserved for the oppressors of that country, Castlereagh occupies a special place.1 Others might have been guilty of greater acts of cruelty or oppression, but Castlereagh had been born in Ireland, had, in his youth, shown great fervour for his country’s rights, and had, finally, deserted his former professions to serve as the main agent of the British government in the Union of the kingdoms in 1800. Castlereagh himself had no illusions as to the feelings of many Irishmen concerning him.
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