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[HASTINGS, Warren (1732-1818). Governor-general of India.]
Ticket of admission for the trial of Warren Hastings, in favour of Mr [Samuel] Wilks, signed by (Sir) Peter Burrell, 124 x 80 mm. (ca 5 x 3 inches). A perpetual pass ('Permit the Bearer to Pass and Repass') engraved in blue.
The trial was held sporadically over a period of seven years - from 1788 to 1795, as and when parliamentary business allowed. See Keith Feiling, Warren Hastings (1955), page 352. By the time the verdict was due to be delivered one-third of the peerage who had been alive when the trial started in 1788 had died. Those who had been in continuous attendance numbered twenty-nine and it was these peers who passed the final verdict.
[No: 23676]


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