William Pitt

Standard Name: Pitt, William,, the younger


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Family and Intimate relationships Emily Eden
EE 's father, born William Eden , was the third son of Sir Robert Eden, a Durham baronet.
Eden, Anthony, and Emily Eden. “Introduction”. Two Novels, Victor Gollancz, 1969, pp. 7-20.
He was created first Baron Auckland in 1789 (a few years before Emily's birth) by William Pitt
Literary responses Elizabeth Inchbald
Response to the play was divided on party political lines. It was attacked in the pro-Pitt , anti-revolutionary True Briton, which found it too liberal politically, alleging (with no regard to the trustworthiness...
politics Anna Seward
AS was at first a strong supporter of the cause of American independence. Her Monody on Major André reflects disillusion with the colonists following their treaty with France, which seemed to her to negate or...
politics Charlotte Dacre
It appears from some of her poems (praise of Pitt , dispraise of Fox ), as well as from her eldest son's name, that CD was a Tory like her husband, or at least a...
politics Anne Francis
AF was a conservative royalist who rejoiced repeatedly at the recovery of George III from his first bout of illness (and wrote a song for the local Sunday school pupils to rejoice too) and praised...
politics Ann Jebb
In early 1793 she was a defender of Fox and an opponent of Pitt 's war policy. In 1806 she had hopes for Fox's ministry: more that they would take steps towards peace with France...
Publishing Germaine de Staël
The first edition of GS 's Réflexions sur la paix: adressées à Mr. Pitt et aux françois was published anonymously; a later edition appeared in Geneva, Switzerland.
Lonchamp, Frédéric-Charles. L’Œuvre Imprimé de Madame Germaine de Staël. Suisse, 1949.
Winegarten, Renee. Mme de Staël. Berg, 1985.
Reception Helen Maria Williams
The Monthly Review in 1827 claimed that she was forgotten; in the 1930s, even after Woodward 's monograph of 1930, her works were flagged as unreliable and ignorant.
Duckling, Louise. “From Liberty to Lechery: Performance, Reputation and the ’Marvellous Story’ of Helen Maria Williams”. Women’s Writing, Vol.
, No. 1, pp. 74-92.
Growing interest in the female side...
Reception Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan
This novel was rumoured to have been the last book that amused the hours of illness of the late Mr Pitt .
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
3d ser. 9 (1806): 327-8
Textual Features Eglinton Wallace
This three-paragraph address is headed with the royal arms. It was written for the presentation of the colours to this corps, which happily was made on the birthday of William Pitt , Lord Marshall of...
Textual Production Elizabeth, Margravine of Anspach
EMA retained her talent for brightening the social round with verse. In late autumn 1792, having experienced the cold shoulder meted out by London high society to sexual nonconformists like herself and her second husband...
Textual Production Eliza Parsons
Besides EP 's surviving letters to the Royal Literary Fund , OCLC WorldCat lists two undated letters of hers to Sir James Bland Burges and one of 1801 to William Pitt the Younger .
OCLC WorldCat. http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/content/worldcat/, http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/content/worldcat/. Accessed 1999.
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Anna Jane Vardill
AJV translates from Sappho , Anacreon , Alcæus , Theocritus , Horace , and more recent poets: Petrarch and Camoens . She includes several charity poems: the one already published in aid of the Refuge for the Destitute


19 December 1783
George III invited William Pitt the younger, Tory leader, to form the government; Pitt 's previous ministry had been defeated on a vote in the House of Lords .
July 1784
Pitt 's India Act appointed six Commissioners (known as the Board of Control) to order concerns related to civil or military government and to revenues of British territorial possessions in India and the East Indies.
11 June 1788
George III , at the resort town of Cheltenham, publicly suffered preliminary symptoms leading up to his second attack of porphyria, which began on 17 October.
5 November 1788-10 March 1789
George III 's illness and palpable incapacity produced the Regency Crisis: the issue was whether or not power would devolve to the Prince of Wales .
9 June 1792
Gillray published a remarkable political cartoon, Sin, Death, and the Devil: personified versions of Queen Charlotte , William Pitt , and Lord Thurlow .
21 January 1793
Louis XVI was executed by guillotine in Paris after trial by the French National Convention .
By April 1795
A Letter to the Right Honourable William Pitt , on the Use of Hair-Powder argued that in times of scarcity flour ought to be reserved for food, not used for cosmetic purposes.
12 February 1796
William Pitt made a speech in parliament which reached print as Relative to the Relief and Maintenance of the Poor, the Encouragement of Industry, and the Diminution of the Poor-rates.
After 31 March 1796
William Beckford burlesqued women writers and attacked reactionary government in his novelModern Novel Writing, or the Elegant Enthusiast; and Interesting Emotions of Arabella Bloomville. A Rhapsodical Romance; Interspersed with Poetry, published as Lady Harriet Marlow.
Early 1798 to May 1805
William Wordsworth composed the early version of what became The Prelude, as a distraction from the effort of working at his unrealised great poem.
9 January 1799
A bill bringing in the first graduated income tax resulted from William Pitt 's demand in December 1798 for increased taxation to fund the war with France.
5 February 1801
William Pitt resigned as Prime Minister after failing to persuade the king that Catholic Emancipation was a necessity for the political health of Ireland.
17 March 1801
Henry Addington (a Tory who in 1805 was created first Viscount Sidmouth) formed the government after William Pitt resigned over George III 's opposition to Catholic Emancipation.
10 May 1804
William Pitt formed the government again after forcing Henry Addington to resign.
23 January 1806
The death of William Pitt after a long term as Prime Minister and war leader altered the face of English politics.


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