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A Portrait of Influence

Life and Letters of Arthur Onslow, the Great Speaker

Clayton, Mary

Parliamentary History Book Series

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1. Edition November 2017
336 Pages, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-42493-2
John Wiley & Sons

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Arthur Onslow was the Speaker of the House of Commons for an unsurpassed 33 years, from 1728 to 1761. He served during the entire reign of George II, and brought about significant changes to the role of Speaker. A man of integrity and principle, Onslow was a highly respected member of both London and Surrey society. But he left no significant archive, so today his name is little known.

His surviving letters, collected here for the first time, portray a man with great influence in many aspects of 18th century life. They illustrate his work as a JP and as an MP, but also his philosophical, literary and antiquarian interests, and his pivotal role in the formation of the British Museum. The letters show his friendship with one of the leading politician of his time, the Duke of Newcastle, and his influence on the political stability of the 1740s and 50s.

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The first ever collection of the letters of Arthur Onslow (1691-1768), who was the Speaker of the House of Commons for an unsurpassed 33 years and also known as the Great Speaker.
* Provides an insight into many interesting aspects of 18th century life as he served during the entire reign of George II, and brought about significant changes to the role of Speaker
* Illustrates his work as a JP and as an MP, but also his philosophical, literary and antiquarian interests, and his pivotal role in the formation of the British Museum
* Highlights his friendship with one of the leading politician of his time, the Duke of Newcastle, and his influence on the political stability of the 1740s and 50s

Acknowledgments

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Editorial Note

Abbreviations

List of Correspondents

Introduction

Letters of Arthur Onslow, 1691-1768

Bibliography

Index
Mary Clayton completed her MPhil on parliamentary elections in Haslemere, 1715-1780 in 1993. She worked at The National Archives on the Equity project, cataloguing Chancery cases, before becoming a researcher for the Clergy of the Church of England Database, CCEd. She was the London based researcher for the Old Bailey Online, and then worked on the London Lives project, before returning as a senior research officer to CCEd. As an honorary fellow of the University of Durham, she is currently the first point of contact for those wishing to communicate with the Clergy database.