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Warren Hastings on his trial

HASTINGS, Warren (1732-1818). Governor-general of India.
Important archive of 12 Autograph Letters Signed ('Warren Hastings' & 'W.H.') to his secretary, George Nesbitt Thompson, in all 25 pages 4to & 1 page 8vo. With 8 address-leaves, Park Lane and Daylesford, dated 1791-1795, together with 6 small pieces signed and a copy of the letter dated 10 January 1795.
An important correspondence, written during the impeachment, showing much gratitude for the support given him by Thompson, though he declares:
'... Do not make yourself uneasy about me. I should be happy to see you on the approaching occasion, but I want no external support ... .'
The relationship between Hastings and Thompson was personal as well as professional, as illustrated in this archive. Reports on Mrs Hastings's health, concern for Thompson's family (even to sending a cutting of a house 'addressed to that class of society to whcih you belong' which might be suitable), discussion of a horse he wishes to purchase and other mundane subjects are interspersed with references to his ordeal.
'... Our house is full of friends that we love. We have had, in spite of bad weather in the commencement a good, & abundant crop of hay, & expect as good of corn: and Daylesford is in high beauty. ...' [26 July 1797]
 '... It was believed that the doors would be shut during the debates, and I was reconciled to that expectation by the consideration that what was said would make a stronger impression if directed to the Lords along, than it would if heard by strangers, under the natural idea, that much of it was intended for them, and through them for the public; but last night the doors were open, not as I understand by an express order, so thatit is probably determined that the debates shall be public, as usual. ... Each Lord in Court will give his verdict singly, beginning with the minor Barons, and they will acquit themselves honorably. ...' [14 January [1795]
In addition, there is a selection of letters, primarily written to Thompson, concerning the renting of a house, character references, pleas for assistance, and local political matters.
[No: 7766]


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