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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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, 1774-1784 (details of Warren Hastings are given in the Dictionary of National Biography).
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The papers were acquired by the Library no later than 1855.
Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.
Other 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.