|William Loney RN - Documents|
St. Marylebone Infirmary
Sir W. Burnett
The addressee is Director-General Sir William Burnett.
The letter on the reverse side hereof, with the three succeeding responses, which it elicited in such rapid succession, ought, properly, to have preceded in this book, the documents from the South Sea House. In as much as my appointment by the Committee of the British Association was the result of this letter. It was the means of bringing my name under the notice of Captain W.A.B. Hamilton, the Secy. of the Admiralty, to whom the Committee made application for officers to serve in Ireland. I was totally ignorant of any such service, until summoned to wait upon Capt. Hamilton by a private messenger, about 6 pm on the 11th or 12th April, at the Admiralty. Next day I waited upon [Hon. Stephen] Spring Rice [Honorary Secretary of the Association] at the South Sea House, remained to witness the proceedings at one of the Committee's meetings, by way of initiation & the day following was en route for Ireland - to enter upon duties totally foreign to those for which I had tendered my services.