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Adolescence in Modern Irish History by Catherine Cox, Susannah Riordan

By Catherine Cox, Susannah Riordan

This edited assortment is the 1st to deal with the subject of formative years in Irish heritage. It brings jointly confirmed and rising students to check the adventure of Irish teens from the 'affective revolution' of the early 19th century to the emergence of the teen within the Nineteen Sixties.

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72 Aside from the intriguing, if discreditable, suggestion that Tennent had advised him to offer Standfield money to sleep with him, Mitchell’s letter is of interest for its arrogant and callous tone. The references to a ‘second edition’ and the self-censored, though no less contemptuous, observation that Standfield ‘only [–]s for love’ raise broader questions concerning the ways in which Tennent and his contemporaries viewed women and conceptualized the nature of male/ female relationships. In Mitchell’s case it is clear that we are dealing with an individual whose views on this score were less than enlightened.

William Drennan, A letter to the right honourable Charles James Fox (Dublin: John Barlow, 1806), 3. This paragraph is based primarily on Wright, The ‘natural leaders’, chapters two and three. For a near-contemporary account of the ‘natural leaders’, see A. H. Thornton, Memoirs of the Rea family from the period of the Irish rebellion in 1798 till the year 1857, by a Belfast man (London: np, nd [c. 1857]). For the Roscoe circle and Thomas Walker, see S. G. Checkland, The Gladstones: A family biography, 1764–1851 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1971), 29; Ian Sellars, ‘William Roscoe, the Roscoe circle and radical politics in Liverpool, 1787–1807’, Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 120 (1968), 45–62; and Frida Knight, The strange case of Thomas Walker (London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1957).

I: 1 July 1824 to 26 Sept. 1825’ (PRONI, Emerson Tennent Papers, D/2922/D/2/1), 40–44, 71, 73–74, 78–79. 57. A. thesis, Queen’s University Belfast, 1951), 23; Terence Brown, Northern voices: Poets from Ulster (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1975), 16. 58. Belfast Monthly Magazine, 1:2 (1808), 137. 59. Introduced in 1792, the Belfast Society for Promoting Knowledge’s rule prohibiting the acquisition of books of ‘trivial amusement’ was not formally relaxed until 1865. See John Anderson, History of the Belfast Library and Society for Promoting Knowledge, commonly known as the Linen Hall Library, chiefly taken from the minutes of the society and published in connection with the centenary celebration in 1888 (Belfast: M’Caw, Stevenson & Orr, 1888), 19, 42, 76, 82.

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