Charles Kendal Bushe
1767-1843; noted orator, called The Incorruptible; ed. TCD; bar. 1790; MP for Callan, 1797; presumed author of Cease Your Funning (1799), opposing Act of Union; appt. Sarjeant-at-Law; Solicitor General, 1805-22; Chief Justice 1822-1841; he arbitrated the Bottle Riot at the Royal Theatre, and distinguished between noisy and riotous audience; his numerous parliamentary speeches were issued as pamphlets; Bushe is the model for the lord chief justice in Edgeworths novel Patronage (1814); there is a life by OE Somerville and Martin Ross, being his great-granddaughters and cousins of one another. ODNB DIH CAB
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[Charles Kendall Bushe], Cease Your Funning, or, The Rebel Detected [3rd edn.] (Dublin 1798) [epigraph, Oh that mine enemy would write a book].
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OE. Somerville & Martin Ross, An Incorruptible Irishman (1906) [copy in Belfast Central Public Library].
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Claire Connolly, ‘Writing the Union’, in Acts of Union: The Causes, Contexts and Consequences of the Act of Union, ed. Dáire Keogh & Kevin Whelan (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2001), calls Cease Your Funning (Dublin 1798) a riposte to Edward Cookes Arguments For and Against a Union; gives further details: Bushe compares Cookes pamphlet to Swifts Modest Proposal, remarking, The stile [sic] consists altogether in the art of supporting in a train of grave irony the opposite of the opinion which you mean to establish. (Bushe, op. cit., pp.3-4); Bushe describes the tone of Arguments as either a member of the Oppostion or an absolute United Irishman (p.4); calls the assertion of independence from Britain the mere cant and fabrication of the United Irishmen, and ajudges the author to be a concealed United Irishman [who has] jesuitically assumed the style and character of a loyal Englishman (p.11), and calls for his prosecution (p.7, 44-45; cited in Connolly, op. cit., p.172). Note: Connolly remarks that Bushe is the model for the lord chief justice in Edgeworths novel Patronage (1814) and later notes that his copy of Mary Tighe's Psyche is held in the Houghton Library of Harvard University.
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