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W. E. H. Lecky (Leaders of Public Opinion), There is something inexpressibly melancholic in the life of this man ... though he attained to a position which, before him, had been unknown in Ireland; though the unanimous verdict of his contemporaries pronounced him to be one of the greatest intellects that has ever adorned the Irish parliament; and though there is not a single act of his life which may not be construed in a sense perfectly in harmony with honour and with patriotism; yet his career presents one long series of disappointments and reverses. A an age when most statesmen are in the zenith of their influence, he sank into political impotence. The party he had formed discarded him as its leader. The reputation he so dearly prized was clouded and assailed; the principles he had sown germinated and fructified indeed, but others reaped their fruit; and he is now scarcely remembered expect as an object of a powerful invective in Ireland and as an example of a deplorable failure in England. A few pages of oratory, which probably at best represent the substance of his speeches, a few youthful poems, a few belaboured letters, and a biography so meagre and unsatisfactory that it scarcely gives any insight into his character, are all that remain of Henry Flood. (Cited in Justin MacCarthy, ed., Irish Literature, 1904, p.1212.)
W. B. Stanford, Ireland and the Classical Tradition (1984), Henry Flood, able scholar; translated speeches of Demosthenes and Aeschines, as well as a version of the first Pythian ode of Pindar; well-judged speeches in the Irish parliament, but his Westminster maiden was disastrous a classical allusion, comparing the India Commissioners to the Roman Decemviri, enemies of liberty, provoking a scathingly sarcastic response; the parliamentary recorder referred to his manner of speaking thus, variety of remarks, delivered with great correctness of phrase, but in a more deliberate and sententious way that is the custom of our parliamentary speakers; the ensuing speaker John Courtenay, also Irish, referred with heavy irony his profound and unhackneyed story of the Decemviri, and mocked its implications; Flood, humiliated, is not known to have quoted the classics in Westminster again; left bequest to TCD for the encouragement of Greek and Irish.  For the speech, see Parliamentary Debates, xxiv, 56-7 ( Dec. 1783). Bibl., W Flood, Memoirs of the Life and Correspondence of Henry Flood (Dublin 1838).
Stanley Ayling, Edmund Burke (1988), Burkes silence at a sensitive moment in the debate on Irish trade, 1779-80 - Free Trade or Else - caused Henry Flood to rise in his defence in the Irish House, and instigated Burkes letter of defence of 8000 words, published as Letter to Thomas Burgh, Esq., [member for Athy; in Works, V 491-510.0 
Maureen Wall, Catholic Ireland in the 18th c., ed. Gerard OBrien (1989), writes: The outstanding exception to patriot support for the Catholics at this time  was Henry Flood ; and further: Flood intervened again and again [in debates on the Catholic Relief bill of 1782] to question the wisdom of a clause which, he feared, went far beyond toleration and gave Catholics a power in the state. This fear had some foundation. The remaining Catholic landowners had been in a position all during the eighteenth century where they could if they wished create Protestant freeholders and thus influence elections, and so make friends for themselves in the House of Commons. There numbers were very few, but ... if the bill were passed ... would increase accordingly ... he asked could a Protestant constitution survive? (Parl. Reg.) . NOTE also Rutlands letter to Pitt reporting that Lord Charlemont and Mr Flood seem to exclude them from their ideas of reform [see Charlemont, RX supra].
Joseph Leerssen, Mere Irish & Fhíor Ghael (Amsterdam: Rodopi 1986), notes that Henry Flood made a large bequest the income of an estate to found a chair of philology at TCD, stipulating that if he shall still be then living, Colonel Charles Vallancey to be the first professor thereof ... seeing that by his eminent and successful labours in the study and recovery of that language [Gaelic] he well deserves to be so first appointed. (Quoted in Parsons, op cit., infra.) The foundation was successfully opposed by his relatives, arguing that it contravened the Anglo-centric 28 Henry VIII (Act for the English order, habite, and language).  Bibl., see Lawrence Parsons, Observations on the bequest of Henry Flood, Esp. to Trinity College, Dublin. With a defence of the ancient history of Ireland, Dublin 1795); cited in Joseph Leerssen, Mere Irish & Fíor Ghael (Utrecht 1986) [See Vallancey, RX].
Seán de Fréine, The Great Silence: the study of a relationship between language and nationality (Cork: Mercier 1978), Henry Flood believed that everything which led Irishmen to regard themselves as distinctive people was beneficial to the country. He willed a large sum for Irish studies in Trinity College. (p.87.)
Thomas Bartlett, review of James Kelly, Henry Flood: Patriots and Politics in 18th-century Ireland (Four Courts), in Irish Times, 11 July 1998; he signally failed to anticipate the opprobrium that his acceptance of govt. office would bring down upon him; attempt to relocate in English politics ill-advised; attempt to bequeath his estate to set up chair of Irish at Trinity college should be read a a clumsy attempt to disinherit his cousins rather than as a sort of pre-postcolonial act of accommodation.
Geoffrey Wheatcroft, review of Hubert Butler, In the Land of Nod (Dublin: Lilliput ), in Times Literary Supplement (18 June 1996), To say that Henry Flood was the first of the Irish Protestants to consider himself primarily an Irishman and only secondarily as a member of the ruling caste quite misses the point. Flood favoured relief for the Catholic masses from the savage oppression of the penal laws, but, as Butler is uneasily aware he always opposed extending the franchise to them, was in no sense a democrat, and lived at a time when it did not seem ridiculous to speak - at least, many did so - of the Protestant Ascendancy as the Irish nation rather as the Magyar gentry, which composed about a tenth of the population of old Hungary, always thought [of] itself as the Hungarian nation; and of Hungary as comprising lands whose common people spoke Slovak, Serb or Romanian. (p.13-14; p.,14.)
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Justin McCarthy, gen. ed., Irish Literature (Washington: Catholic Univ. of America 1904), calls him the distinguished Irish Parliamentary orator; son of Chief Justice Flood; selects Floods reply to Grattans invective in which the terms intemperate, venal, and incendiary were applied to him (Parl. speech of 1873); Defence of the Volunteers (Parl. speech of 1783); On a Commercial Treaty with France (speech in the British Parliament, 1787, in reply to Pitt); bibl., An Ode on Fame and the First Pythian Ode to Pindar (anon. London 1775).
Máire Ní Mhurchú & Diarmaid Breathneach, Beathaisnéis [Vol. 6] 1782-1881 (Dublin: Clóchomhar 2000), incls. entry on Henry Flood, with quotation from Henry Grattan accusing him of dishonesty and leading to a duel: I therefore tell you in the face of your country, before all the world and to your beard, you are not an honest man.
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British senate: an Irish Demosthenes when speaking in the Irish Parliament, yet at Westminster, whither he had removed himself in the 1780s, he suffered the humiliation of concluding a very able and eloquent speech amidst the yawns and coughs of an English Senate. (Thomas Bartlett, ‘An Union for Empire: The Anglo-Irish Union as an Imperial project, in Hearts & Minds: Irish Culture and Society under the Act of Union [PGIL Transactions], Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 2001; quoting A Reply to the Gentleman who has Published a Pamphlet Entitled Arguments For and Against an Union [pamph.], Dublin 1799.)
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