Warren Hastings’ Trial. Admission ticket signed by the Archbishop of York. 1788


Ticket to the 29th Day of the Trial of Warren Hastings in 1788. Original paper trial ticket admitting the bearer to the Twenty Ninth Day of Warren Hastings’ Trial in the House of Lords. Printed in sepia on hand laid paper with the title around an armorial shield, signed bottom right W. Ebor (William Markham, Lord Archbishop of York) and with his armorial seal in red wax to the right bottom corner, the wax seal worn almost smooth but the archiepiscopal mitre still visible above the armorial shield, the left margin rather trimmed but still well outside the plate mark, old folds but generally excellent clean condition, a small section of the lower left corner has been clipped not affecting the printed area. Hastings’ impeachment trial dragged on over a number of years (from 1788 to 1795) and this is an early ticket from the first year, when the House of Lords considered the case for 35 days. William Markham (1710-1807) was consecrated Archbishop of York in 1777, formerly a friend of Burke, his friendship ended when he strongly supported Hastings in the trial. His son, also William, private secretary to Hastings and later Resident at Benares, gave evidence at the trial in Hastings’ favour. The DNB has a long and unusually outspoken account of the Archbishop. Markham attacked his fellow peers in 1795 for treating Hastings “not as if he were a gentleman … but as if you were trying a horse-stealer”.

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