A memorial by William Hamill, gent., agent and trustee for the officers and soldiers of the two late garisons of London-Derry and Enniskilling in Ireland, their relicts and representatives

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This Memorial, written in 1714, is included verbatim in William Hamill's 1721 pamphlet entitled "A View of the Danger and Folly of Being Publick-Spirited and Sincerely Loving One's Country." Both the memorial and the longer "View of the Danger and Folly" explicate and document the failure of the English Parliament to recompense the Protestant defenders of the town of Londonderry in north Ireland against the armies of James II, Catholic contender for England's throne. The author, William Hamill, died in Newgate Prison in 1721, bankrupted by his debts and those of his brother, Col. Hugh Hamill, through the failure of the state to reimburse those who sacrificed themselves and their property to preserve England as a Protestant dominion. The "View" devotes some 30 pages to a graphic description of the Siege of Derry itself, which in the summer of 1689 devastated the town and its people but did not succeed in forcing them to surrender to James II.
For a fuller explication of William Hamill's pamphlet, see Middling Folk: Three Seas, Three Centuries, One Scots-Irish Family (Chicago Review Press, 2010).
 

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Page 23 - Houie : which he read in his Place, and afterwards deliver'd in at the Table, where the fame was read, and agreed unto by the Houfe, and is * as followeth, viz..
Page 6 - Leighton (who hath acquitted himfelf with fidelity and diligence in your concerns), of the fincerity of our intentions towards you. And fo we recommend you to the protection of Almighty God. Given at St. James's the loth day of Feb. 1688.
Page 14 - ... place, to an humble acknowledgment to Almighty God for his signal mercy in supporting the hearts and courage of our good subjects amidst their great and various difficulties and distresses, arising from a furious opposition without and near pressing necessity within those walls, and sending them at last deliverance, and bringing them by your conduct to triumph over their enemies, which we cannot but attribute to an immediate divine assistance, inspiring them with a zeal for the true religion...
Page 6 - ... endeavours we understand you are using to put yourselves into a posture of defence, that you may not be surprised — wherein you may expect all the encouragements and assistance that can be given you from hence. And because we are persuaded that there are even of the Romish Communion many who are desirous to live peaceably, and do not approve of the violent and arbitrary proceedings of some who pretend to be in authority ; and we, thinking it just to make distinctions of persons, according to...
Page 24 - War, to be fo confider'd, as they mould no * longer remain a poor ruinous Spectacle to all, a * Scorn to their Enemies, and a Difcouragement to * your Majefty's well-affe&edSubjeds: And praying * our Recommendation of their Cafe to your Ma*.
Page 10 - Army so well disciplin'd and so powerful ; which resolves, if you continue obstinate, to give no Quarter to Man, Woman or Child. When once our Cannon and Mortars have rent the Walls in pieces and the Town is taken by Storm, then the thousands of your Wives and Children shall fall upon their knees, and with repeated Sighs and Groans implore our Pity, we shall doubtless be inexorable, and all their Cries will be drown'd in the loud Acclamations of our victorious Army, which will then be deaf and merciless.
Page 15 - Deny in the time of the siege, and it not being known here who those are, / desire you to fill up the superscription with, such names as are proper to be addressed to.
Page 11 - Possession, as a recompense for this Signal Service to the Crown of England, and for this inexpressible Toil and Labour, Expence of Blood and Treasure, pursuant to their Sacred Majesties' Declaration to that purpose; a true Copy whereof we herewith send you, to convince you how little we dread your Menaces. We remain...
Page 24 - Revolution, by the defence of that city, againft a " long and cruel fiege, (which eminently contributed to " the deftroying the defigns of the enemies of thefe King...
Page 8 - That 'tis not necessary nor convenient for his Majesty's service to land the two regiments now on board, under command of Colonel Cuningham and Colonel Richards, into the city of Londonderry.

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