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April 2010

Five more House of Lords journals

Jonathan Blaney, 23 April 2010

Five more volumes of the Journal of the House of Lords have been added to British History Online. These cover the years 1776 to 1793, and thus a time of revolutions in France and North America. Several volumes also detail the protracted trial in the Lords of Warren Hastings, former governor-general of Bengal. Edmund Burke was one of the prosecutors and described Hastings as "the captain-general of iniquity"; neverthleless Hastings was eventually acquitted. In volume 38 there is some interesting detail of the state of George III's health: for example on 4 December 1788 the house heard a report of the Privy Council's examination of the king's doctors.

Thoroton's history of Nottinghamshire now complete

Dr Peter Webster, 14 April 2010

Thoroton's history, as amplified by Throsby, is now live. First appearing in 1677, and re-published by Throsby in three volumes a century later, it has been described as the first and greatest county history of Nottinghamshire.