The political career of Wills Hill, Earl of Hillsborough (1718-1793) : with particular reference to his American policy

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dc.contributor.author Rees, Siân Elisabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-24T16:42:21Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-24T16:42:21Z
dc.date.issued 1976
dc.identifier.citation Rees, S. E. (1976) The political career of Wills Hill, Earl of Hillsborough (1718-1793) : with particular reference to his American policy, PhD thesis, Department of History and Welsh History, Aberystwyth University en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/4081
dc.description.abstract The following study traces the political career of the Earl of Hillsborough from his election to Parliament in May 17419 to his death in October 1793. As particular emphasis is laid on Hillsborough's attitude towards America, those chapters dealing with his American poiicy are far more detailed than the bridging chapters. A brief account of Hillsborough's genealogy is followed by an introductory chapter. This deals with the first twenty-two years of Hillsborough's career, when he was struggling to establish himself as a politician. This was a very long apprenticeship and by 1762 Hillsborough had almost given up hope of gaining ministerial office. However, he eventually did become President of the Board of Trade under George Grenville, in September 1763. Chapter II is concerned with his first years as a minister. In this chapter the detailed study of Hillsborough's attitude to American affairs begins. Chapter III is a bridging chapter, dealing with the good and bad fortune which befell Hillsborough between his resignation from the Board of Trade in August 1765, and his appointment as American Secretary in January 1768. Amongst other things, it recounts why he left the Board of Trade after only five months in 1766, although its position in the machinery of government had been altered to accord with his specifications. Chapter IV deals with the actual creation of the American Department. Chapters V, VII and VIII concentrate on his handling of American affairs, in general, during his term as American Secretary. Issues of great significance, between 1768-72, such as Hillsborough's attitude to Western expansion, the Quebec Act, colonial currency and the agents have, however, been separately dealt with in Chapters IX, X, XI and XII, respectively. Similarly, significant controversies concerning individuals, i.e, Sir Jeffery Amherst and Benjamin Frankling have been adjudged worthy of individual attention (Chapters VI and XIII). The last Chapter (XIV) llike the first is a general outline for a long period (in this case twenty-one years: from Hillsborough's resignation from the American Department to his death), concentrating on specific incidents and especially upon Hillsborough's attitude towards the American War in his later years. It also gives his attitude to an Anglo-Irish Union and his unfulfilled ambition; that of becoming Viceroy of Ireland. The Conclusion is followed by an Appendix dealing with an unsolved mystery: how could Hillsborough have voted for the repeal of the Stamp Act, when he was apparently not in Britain? en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en
dc.title The political career of Wills Hill, Earl of Hillsborough (1718-1793) : with particular reference to his American policy en
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dc.type.publicationtype doctoral thesis en


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