Journal of Parliamentary notes, 1786-1789.

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Nicholas, Robert. Journal of Parliamentary notes, 1786-1789.

Journal of Parliamentary notes, 1786-1789.

Manuscript, in a single hand, of Nicholas' diary, in which he records primarily his activities in Parliament. He records debates in Parliament, including those on the King's illness, the Regency Bill, and the India question, and also notes the presences and absences during votes. The diary also includes accounts of his meetings and discussions with political allies outside of Parliament; petitions to William Pitt; and his unsuccessful campaigns for the positions of Receivership General of the Land Tax, and of Commissioner of Excise and Customs or Stamp and Tax Offices, noting his disappointment in his applications to Henry Addington. He also attends and describes the trial of Warren Hastings. In the diary, Nicholas also records his social activities and includes frank descriptions of his acquaintances, including a conversation with Elizabeth Montagu concerning her charity work with poor women; a dinner conversation with "Capt. Ellis" who discusses the beauty of the "Negroes in the Islands"; and tea with "Mr Cholmley." Elsewhere, he discusses the finances of his estate, noting that some of the land has been in his family between 300 and 400 years.

1 v. (371 p.) ; 21 cm.

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