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46] Loch to HO, 2 May 1863 (MNHL: Letterbook ix, f 589–95); to Capt Thompson, 23 Aug, and to Howard, 20 Oct 1863 (SRO: Loch Letterbook, GD268/942, f 25–6, and 44– 8). For HO approval see Waddington to Loch, 4 July 1863 (PRO: HO99/19, f 493). 47 Considerable energies were expended in seeking to extract the smallest sums from Whitehall where, it seemed, parsimony was compounded by ignorance of the particular circumstances of the Island. 48 Loch wrote to the Home Ofﬁce to insist on the omission of the Island from Shaftesbury’s Ecclesiastical Courts Bill: The Manx Ecclesiastical Courts are so interwoven with the Jurisdiction and procedure of the temporal Courts within the Island, that merely extending a measure calculated to meet certain requirements in the English Ecclesiastical Courts, would only lead to serious embarrassment.
14 Many in-comers were attracted to Douglas, the most ‘English’ of the Island’s towns, which duly enjoyed considerable prosperity and growth. Beneath the surface etiquette of ‘convivial societies, assemblies and card-parties’, however, there were signs of cultural tension. Mutual suspicion, previously implanted by the ‘extravagance’ of fugitive debtors, was to persist: The harmony of society in Douglas is sometimes marred by mutual prejudices. In many of the natives, notwithstanding a show of politeness and hospitality, there is secret aversion to strangers; and in several of the English an unreasonable contempt of the Manks.
65 Having set up base in London, Bluett was dismayed by the misconceptions, factionalism and jealousies which delayed the arrival of the rest of the delegation. A. Corlett, and the questionable reputation of John James Moore. ‘Notwithstanding his second election, there exists in the minds of all respectable persons a strong prejudice against him’, Craigie reported, ‘subscriptions are even refused for his support’: We are tumbling into a faction as fast as possible, and a strong feeling is getting abroad the Keys and the Council are working 65] Sir William Hillary, Observations on the Proposed Changes in the Fiscal and Navigation Laws of the Isle of Man: Addressed to the Delegates from that Island to His Majesty’s Government (Douglas, 1837), 12–13.
New History of the Isle of Man: The Modern Period, 1830-1999 by John Belchem