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George Pelham (1766—1827) bishop of Lincoln

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Henry Pelham (c. 1597—1665) lawyer and politician

Henry Pelham (1749—1806)

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Henry Pelham Fiennes Pelham Clinton (1811—1864) politician

Henry Thomas Pelham (1804—1886) ecclesiastical commissioner

Herbert Pelham (c. 1600—1674) colonist in America

John Pelham (1838—1863)

John Thomas Pelham (1811—1894) bishop of Norwich

Lady Katharine Pelham (1701—1780) political wife

Pelham Humfrey (1647—1674) composer

Pelham Warren (1778—1835) physician

Peregrine Pelham (1602—1650) politician and regicide

Peter Pelham (c. 1697—1751) mezzotint engraver and painter in America

Sir Edmund Pelham (c. 1553—1606) judge

Sir John Pelham (c. 1383—1429) landowner and administrator

Sir Nicholas Pelham (c. 1490—1560) landowner and member of parliament

Sir Pelham Francis Warner (1873—1963) cricketer and writer on cricket

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A novel by Bulwer‐Lytton, published 1828.

It recounts the adventures of Henry Pelham, a young dandy, wit, and aspiring politician, who falls in love with Ellen, sister of his old friend from Eton days, Reginald Glanville. The latter is falsely suspected of a murder, and tells his story to Pelham, who unearths the real murderer, Thornton, a character drawn from the well‐known murderer Thurtell. But the interest of the novel lies in its lively portrayal of fashionable society, and in such minor characters as Lady Frances, Pelham's worldly mother, and Lord Vincent, whose conversation is laced with puns, largely in Latin. Bulwer‐Lytton mocks the genre of the fashionable novel even while employing it, which adds to the tone of sparkling cynicism which captivated contemporary readers and made his hero's name a catch‐phrase.

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Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803—1873) writer and politician