By Sue Wilkes
Immerse your self within the vanished international inhabited by means of Austen's contemporaries. choked with aspect, and anecdotes, this can be an intimate exploration of the way the center and top sessions lived from 1775, the 12 months of Austen's beginning, to the coronation of George IV
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He confronted directly the limitations of his rank. To answer the objection that "Mr. " By contrast, Oldisworth had sat in parliament, for which his reward ought to have been his maintenance by those who sent him; tactfully Parker did not note that Oldisworth owed his seat and almost everything else that was his to the earl of Pembroke, although the implication was clear. Parker went on to insist that although he had enjoyed a "place of great profit," he had refused to accept any gratuity or to charge "poor Souldiers" for his services, had required his servants and clerks to conduct themselves in a similar fashion, and had lost much by his own gift, by loan, and by plunder.
5 7 . , (various places, 1 9 3 1 - 3 ) , III, p. 3 6 . C / , III, pp. 6 8 7 - 8 ; Parker's second Memoriall [BL 6 6 9 f. 11 (101)]. See Chapter 4 , p . 7 4 below. The public's privado 25 By 1645 Parker's position had deteriorated to the extent that casual and ad hoc labors replaced his offices; equally, for thefirsttime he was officially and openly employed by the "state" as a writer. His opportunity came as necessary but burdensome literary chores threatened the workload of the lower house. Parker joined John Sadler as an official draftsman; later Thomas May was added.
Though he was probably born in Holland, the parliamentary Wheeler shows no further evidence of a Dutch connection (see Keeler, Long Parliament, pp. 386-7); the engineer Wheeler's ordeal took place in the Netherlands from 1639 to 1643 or 1644. Mr. William Wheelers Case from his Own Relation, p. 9. Among other lurid details, Wheeler claimed he was also forced to consume his own excrement and "to take some purgations when my body was empty": Mr. William Wheelers Case from his Own Relation, p. 10. Henry Parker, Of a Free Trade (London, 1648), A 2 verso: Parker signed the epistle dedicatory from Hamburg, 30 December 1647.
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