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BURKE, Edmund (1729/30-1797). Politician and Author.
Document Signed ('Edm Burke Chairman'), 1 page 4to (original seal tear, laid down), 3 May 1794. An order from the committee managing the impeachment of Warren Hastings for Mr Samuel Wilks to appear before them the following Monday.
It was Edmund Burke who first laid before the House of Lords the charges against Hastings, on 4 April 1786. Later in the year he was able to tell Adam Smith that he felt the matter would be settled in the same session of parliament, but in fact the trial dragged on until April 1795.
 A pencilled note at the foot of the page appears to have been written by a descendent of Samuel Wilks: 'Mr Samuel Wilks was appointed Examiner of India Correspondence by Order of Court of Directors of the East India Company dated 1 November 1769 / W. Wilks, 1902'.
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