Reference number408/F6/1
TitleMemoir of a family involvement in national politics, 1760-1770, by Philip, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke, of Wrest Park, Bedfordshire
DescriptionHeaded at the top 'Copy of a Manuscript found in the Papers of the late Earl of Hardwicke, copied 1792'. Comments on: eminent positions of father (Philip, 1st Earl of Hardwicke) as cabinet counsellor, of brother-in-law, Lord Anson as Lord of the Admiralty, of brother Charles as Solicitor-General and of brother Joseph as Ambassador at The Hague, and on loss of sister Lady Anson and George II in 1760; offer of presidency of Council to father by George III, role of Lord Bute, deaths of mother and Lord Anson, the latter due to cold caught on complimentary visit to Prince of Mecklenburg, opposition of father to Cider Tax, prosecution of Wilkes and difficulties caused thereby to family, father's death. Folio 13: Contest for High Stewardship of University of Cambridge with Earl of Sandwich, brother Charle's speeches in Commons on American Stamp Act and Regency Bill, his own against Poor Law Bill, fall of Greville administration, 1765, brother's claims to be Lord Chancellor and his ill usage by King, John Yorke's resignation at Admiralty, speeches by Charles Yorke against enquiry into East India Company in 1767, political parties in 1767-68, general election of 1768 (Charles Yorke elected for Cambridge University, Sir Joseph for Dover and John for Reigate). Folio 22: Competition of writer and Duke of Grafton for Chancellorship of University upon death of Duke of Newcastle, Charles Yorke's opposition to Wilkes and Issue 45 of 'The North Briton' and the writer's efforts to counsel him, his appointment as Lord Chancellor and death [suicide]. (29 folios).
CreatorNameYorke family papers: photocopies
RepositoryCambridgeshire Archives

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