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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.


  • 1742-1806


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Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. hist. b. 120].
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MSS. Eng. hist. b. 120-121, c. 15-28

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13071

Biographical / Historical

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).

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were acquired by the Library no later than 1855.
Lawrence Papers
Emily Tarrant
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom