William Godwin's Diary


The Irish House of Commons voted on the proposal for a union with Britain, and hence the integration of Irish MPs directly into the British House of Commons. The amendment, directed against the union, was lost by one vote; the substantive proposal was passed by two votes. On 24 January a further debate on the proposal of a union with Britain in the Irish Parliament was defeated 106 to 111, with the result that the proposal was, for the moment, abandoned in Ireland. The Act of Union was passed in July 1800 with effect from 1 January 1801.

See The Times, 28 January 1799 and The Times, 30 January 1799.