Editors. "Townshend resigns as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 April 2011
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Lord Townshend resigns as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, having never even been to the country. This leads to Walpole's resignation as First Lord of Treasury and Chancellor of the Exchequer; he is succeeded, on 15th September, by Stanhope.