Title: Coleraine in by-gone centuries
Author: Rev. T.H. Mullin. D.D.
Publication: Name: Century Services, 1976;
Title: Citation Text: JACKSON, RICHARD (d. 1787), politician, was son ofRichard Jackson of Dublin. He was entered at Lincoln's Inn as astudent in 1740, and called to the bar in 1744. On 22 Nov. 1751 he wasadmitted ad eundem at the Inner Temple, became a bencher in 1770,reader in 1779, and treasurer in 1780. He was created standingcounsel to the South Sea Company in 1764, was one of the counsel forCambridge University, and held the post of law-officer to the boardof trade. He was elected F.S. A. in 1781, and was a governor of theSociety of Dissenters for Propagation of the Gospel. On a chancevacancy (1 Dec. 1762) he was returned to parliament for the conjointborough of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis, and from 1768 to 1784 he satfor the Cinque port of New Romney. Lord Edmund Fitzmaurice calls him'the private secretary of George Grenville ' in 1765, and writes thatin that year he warned the House of Commons against applying theStamp Act to the American colonies. In after-years Jackson was knownas the intimate friend of Lord Shelburne. When Shelburne formed hisministry in July 1782, Jackson was made a lord of the treasury, andhe held that office until the following April. He died at SouthamptonBuildings, Chancery Lane, London, on 6 May 1787, when a considerablefortune came to his two sisters. From his extraordinary stores ofknowledge he was known as 'Omniscient Jackson,' but Johnson, inspeaking of him, altered the adjective to ' all-knowing,' on theground that the former word was ' appropriated to the SupremeBeing.' "When Thrale meditated a journey in Italy he was advised byJohnson to consult Jackson, who afterwards returned the complimentby remarking of the 'Journey to the Western Islands' that ' there wasmore good sense upon trade in it than he should hear in the House ofCommons in a year, except from Burke.' He is introduced into ' Theold Benchers of the Inner Temple ' in Lamb's ' Essays of Elia.'[Boswell, ed. Hill, iii. 19, 137; Fitzmaurice's Life of LordShelburne, i. 321-2 ; W. H. Cooke's Inner Temple Benchers, p. 80 ;Lamb's Elia, ed. Ainger, p. 127; Gent. Mag. 1764 p. 603, 1787 pt.i. p. 454 ; Cooper's Annals of Cambridge, iv. 390 ; Nichols's Lit.Anecd. viii. 466.] W. P. C.
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