Count of Oeiras letter to D. Francisco Incencio de Sousa Continho, Governor of Angola, 1770 August 23. 1770 August 23.
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Portuguese statesman and dictator under King Joseph I; chief minister, 1756-1777; promulgator of numerous economic and educational reforms. Upon the accession of Queen Maria I (1777), Pombal faced charges of having abused his powers; he was found guilty by judicial inquiry (1779-1780), but his punishment was remitted by the Queen except for exile from Lisbon (1781). From the description of Documents chiefly relating to charges against the Marquis of Pombal, c...