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Collection Level Description: Lawrence Papers

Reference: MSS. Eng. hist. b. 120-1, c. 15-28
Title: Lawrence Papers
Dates of Creation: 1742-1806
Extent: 16 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Dr. French Lawrence (d. 1809) was a leading barrister in the naval and ecclesiastical courts, a friend of Burke's, and one of the counsel who conducted the impeachment of Warren Hastings, Governor-General of India, 1774-84 (details of Warren Hastings are given in the Dictionary of National Biography).

Scope and Content

Papers of Dr. French Lawrence, consisting chiefly of a number of briefs and other documents relating to the tiral of Warren Hastings or to persons connected with it. The impeachment of Warren Hastings by the House of Commons, began on 13 February 1788 and ended with his acquittal on 23 April 1795.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were acquired by the Library no later than 1855.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, nos. 30463-78.

Access Points

Trials (Impeachment)

Hastings | Warren | 1732-1818 | Governor General of India

Lawrence | French | d. 1809 | barrister

Great Britain | Colonies | India | Administration | 18th century


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