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Thomas Addis Emmet


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Thomas Addiss Emmet, who qualified as a doctor and a lawyer, ended his career in America as the New York State Attorney General (1812-13), having moved there following the failed uprising of 1803 for which his brother Robert was tried and executed. For more on the context to Emmet's negotiations with France's military elite, see the diary he kept from his short stay in France (1803-04).

Prior to his 1804 memorial, Emmet had collaborated on another addressed to the Premier Consul on 7 September 1803 in his capacity as "nommé Ministre et Agent des Irlandais Unis aupres du Gouvernement Français". Written with Miles Byrne and William McNeven, it provided a detailed report on the present state of Ireland and was self-translated. See Sylvie Kleinman, 'Translation, the French language and the United Irishmen (1792-1804)' (PhD, Dublin, 2005, online), pp.285-86.