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Colonial America and the Earl of Halifax, 1748–1761$
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Andrew D. M. Beaumont

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723974

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723974.001.0001

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An Ambitious Man, 1716–48

An Ambitious Man, 1716–48

(p.13) 1 An Ambitious Man, 1716–48
Colonial America and the Earl of Halifax, 1748–1761

Andrew D. M. Beaumont

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a concise biography of Halifax’s early life, prior to his appointment at the Board of Trade in 1748. The chapter offers a broad overview of the pervasive social and political features of British life during the age of Walpole, exploring the ways in which these factors may have influenced the formulation of Halifax’s worldview and subsequent attitudes. The chapter includes an examination of the eighteenth-century aristocracy, the tenets of politeness and Whiggism, the public schools and universities, the Grand Tour, and the value of social networking and kinship relations in achieving appointment and professional advancement.

Keywords:   age of Walpole, politeness, eighteenth-century aristocracy, eighteenth-century education, Grand Tour, Whiggism, improvement, patronage, Eton, Cambridge

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