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Gleams of Prosperity, 1765–1768

F.P. Lock

in Edmund Burke, Volume I

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199226634
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191696244 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226634.003.0007
Gleams of Prosperity, 1765–1768

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On 10 July 1765, the Marquis of Rockingham took office as First Lord of the Treasury. Burke started as his private secretary on the following day. At 35, he was finally launched on his political career. Against the odds, Burke's connection with the marquis lasted for seventeen years, dissolved only by the marquis' death. Burke was indebted for his seat in the Commons, his second and more crucial piece of good fortune, to the combined generosity of Lord Verney and Will Burke. In December 1763, Verney had wanted to bring Will into Parliament for Wendover. In 1765, Will then persuaded Verney to offer the seat to Edmund instead. For Edmund this act of generosity was crucial. Taking his seat in the Commons when Parliament resumed in January 1766, he made his debut at a time of political crisis where his rhetorical skill was an asset of immediate value and utility.

Keywords: Rockingham; marquis; Wentworth; Wendover; Lord Verney; Will Burke; Commons; speaker

Chapter.  26321 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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