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Family and Intimate relationships Linda Villari
LV 's father, James White , was a silk merchant during her childhood and adolescence.
His career forced him to move to China in 1841, and his family followed shortly afterwards without the five- or...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Richardson
Elizabeth, Lady Ashburnham , became (at St Giles in the Fields in London) the second wife of Sir Thomas Richardson , then Speaker of the House of Commons and Chief Justice.
“FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service”. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
under Thomas Richardson
Family and Intimate relationships Charlotte Guest
CG described her wedding in detail when she resumed writing her journal three weeks after the event. When she first spoke up in church she mumbled a little, but then got her voice under control...
Family and Intimate relationships Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence
Over the course of his lifetime, Frederick Pethick-Lawrence served in the House of Commons for eighteen years and in the House of Lords for sixteen. He became the Secretary of State for India and for...
Family and Intimate relationships Mary, Countess Cowper
William, Earl Cowper , husband of MCC , was examined before a committee of the House of Commons on suspicion of Jacobite sympathies. In 1722 the actual Jacobite conspirator Christopher Layer , while under investigation...
Family and Intimate relationships Clara Balfour
Clara Lucas , who was not yet sixteen, married James Balfour , who worked in the Ways and Means Office in the House of Commons .
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Kirk, John Foster, and S. Austin Allibone, editors. A Supplement to Allibone’s Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors. J. B. Lippincott.
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Stockdale
MS 's father, John Stockdale , having been acquitted for publishing a libel (attacking the House of Commons over Warren Hastings ), himself printed The Whole Proceedings on the Trial . . . against John Stockdale.
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
70 (1790): 582
Friends, Associates Ouida
In London, Ouida took a suite at her old home, the Langham Hotel , where in one night she entertained Robert Browning , Oscar Wilde , Robert Lytton , and Lord Ronald Gower ...
Friends, Associates Virginia Woolf
Bloomsbury came to designate a new sensibility in philosophy, literature, art, and politics, and its growth has been linked with the crucial break between the Edwardians and the Georgians, the point when human character...
Intertextuality and Influence Caroline Bowles
An appendix includes extracts from Robert Southey 's essays on factory labour, as well as transcribed interviews with factory labourers and evidence presented to the House of Commons .
Blain, Virginia. Caroline Bowles Southey, 1786-1854. Ashgate.
Intertextuality and Influence Sylvia Pankhurst
During the years 1987-92 and again in 1997, Jacqueline Mulhallen toured England and Ireland with a one-woman show about SP (at first intended just for schools in London's East End). The performance was accompanied by...
Literary responses George Eliot
Lewes , who wrote that if the book was not a hit I will never more trust my judgement in such matters,
Eliot, George. The George Eliot Letters. Editor Haight, Gordon S., Yale University Press.
3: 10
was vindicated when printing after printing was called for (15,000 copies...
Literary responses Catharine Macaulay
The intellectual influence of CM 's History was particularly important for the generation of American patriots who shaped the United States.
Hill, Bridget. The Republican Virago: The Life and Times of Catharine Macaulay, Historian. Clarendon Press.
It was also felt to be relevant in pre-revolutionary France, particularly...
Literary responses Mary Agnes Hamilton
Virginia Woolf read this novel soon after its publication, with fascinated disapproval. She felt that MAH had energy and ability, and the wits to construct the method of telling a story, but that she had...
Literary responses B. M. Croker
BMC was charmed to see myself in print, but . . . awaited with terror the reviews. She hoped, in fact, that a certain great weekly journal (probably All the Year Round, formerly Household...


20 January 1265: Simon de Montfort, statesman and leader of...

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20 January 1265

Simon de Montfort , statesman and leader of a rebellion against King Henry III (his brother-in-law), summoned an assembly, including two knights from each county and two elected representatives of each borough, to bolster support...

November 1382: The House of Commons requested Richard II...

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November 1382

The House of Commons requested Richard II to make use of wise officers and honest and discreet councillors.
Saul, Nigel. Richard II. Yale University Press.

4 January 1642: Charles I entered the House of Commons with...

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4 January 1642

Charles I entered the House of Commons with the intention of arresting the five men he regarded as opposition ringleaders, including Pym and Hampden ; the result was a public-relations defeat for the monarchy.

1 February 1642: London women petitioned the House of Commons...

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1 February 1642

London women petitioned the House of Commons for peace; a second petition followed three days later.

23 April 1649: London women brought the Petition of divers...

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23 April 1649

London women brought the Petition of divers wel-affected women before the House of Commons demanding the release of John Lilburne and other Levellers .

25 November 1689: The House of Commons accepted the final wording...

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25 November 1689

The House of Commons accepted the final wording of the Revolution Settlement, or what became known as the Bill of Rights, the nearest thing to a British constitution.

October 1710: The Tories won a large majority in the general...

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October 1710

The Tories won a large majority in the general election, leading to a predominantly Tory ministry under the leadership of Robert Harley .

9 December 1719: The House of Commons received a petition...

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9 December 1719

The House of Commons received a petition from merchants of Bristol complaining that fashionable imports of India Chints, Callicoes and Linen
Perkins, Joe. “Searchers, not Planners”. London Review of Books, pp. 37-9.
were ruining people in the woollen trade.

3 June 1720: The House of Commons agreed to amendments...

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3 June 1720

The House of Commons agreed to amendments from the Lords to the Transportation of Felons Act, for banishing convicted criminals.

18 May 1723: The Black Act (originally directed against...

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18 May 1723

The Black Act (originally directed against night-time poaching) passed the House of Commons .

3-30 April 1735: Sir John Barnard's bill for regulating the...

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3-30 April 1735

Sir John Barnard 's bill for regulating the theatres and limiting the number of companies failed to pass the House of Commons , but generated much heated debate over theatre reform.

Just before 15 May 1738: Captain Robert Jenkins displayed to the House...

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Just before 15 May 1738

Captain Robert Jenkins displayed to the House of Commons (as an incentive to declaring war against Spain) his severed ear.

1752: The Disorderly Houses Act was directed against...

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The Disorderly Houses Act was directed against bawdy houses in the London area: all places of public entertainment (music, dancing, etc.) now had to be licensed by justices of the peace.

23 April 1763: John Wilkes and Charles Churchill's North...

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23 April 1763

John Wilkes and Charles Churchill 's North Briton number 45 attacked the king's speech; the arrest of Wilkes and the printers followed.

17 December 1765: The king's speech in the House of Commons...

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17 December 1765

The king's speech in the House of Commons mentioned that matters of importance had occurred in America and made anodyne promises of diligence and attention.
Thomas, Peter David Garner. British Politics and the Stamp Act Crisis: The First Phase of the American Revolution, 1763-1767. Clarendon.


Accounts and Papers of the House of Commons. House of Commons, 1851.