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F.P. Lock

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226634

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226634.001.0001

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Gleams of Prosperity, 1765–1768

Gleams of Prosperity, 1765–1768

(p.209) 7 Gleams of Prosperity, 1765–1768
Edmund Burke, Volume I

F.P. Lock

Oxford University Press

On 10 July 1765, the Marquis of Rockingham took office as First Lord of the Treasury. Burke started as his private secretary on the following day. At 35, he was finally launched on his political career. Against the odds, Burke's connection with the marquis lasted for seventeen years, dissolved only by the marquis' death. Burke was indebted for his seat in the Commons, his second and more crucial piece of good fortune, to the combined generosity of Lord Verney and Will Burke. In December 1763, Verney had wanted to bring Will into Parliament for Wendover. In 1765, Will then persuaded Verney to offer the seat to Edmund instead. For Edmund this act of generosity was crucial. Taking his seat in the Commons when Parliament resumed in January 1766, he made his debut at a time of political crisis where his rhetorical skill was an asset of immediate value and utility.

Keywords:   Rockingham, marquis, Wentworth, Wendover, Lord Verney, Will Burke, Commons, speaker

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