Titre : MINUTES OF EVIDENCE TAKEN BEFORE THE ...
Éditeur : House of Commons, London
Date d'édition : 1809
480pp. Folio. Clean cloth binding. End paper has House of Lords Library mark. . British Parliamentary Paper HC20. Investigation into the conduct of the Duke of York, commander in chief of the British Army with regard to charges of corruption over the sale of promotions and commissions. The charges followed revelations by the Duke of Yorks mistress, Mary Clarke that she had sold commissions, the Duke of York agreeing to arrangements proposed by Clarke in exchange for her sexual favours. Much evidence by Mary Clarke. The Duke of York was acutely humiliated by the revelations. His defence was that he had never realised what his mistress was doing, which allowed the cartoonists of the day to have fun with the idea that the army was being secretly run by a woman. Although the Duke was stupid, extravagent and immoral, he was not vindictive and the people liked him, so the Commons decided to accept his excuse and cleared him of the corruption charges. He resigned his post as Commander in chief, only to be reinstated after two years. A very clean copy. Parliamentary papers of this period are rare. It was not until 1836 that provision was made for their sale to the public. N° de réf. du libraire 143700
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