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Pelham retained the confidence of the money market and established an invaluable working relationship with the London MP Sir John Barnard, the most influential of City financiers and usually a vehement critic of the government. The cost of loans, nevertheless, rose sharply. There were, of course, major differences among the ministers as to how the war could be brought to a satisfactory close. For a while Newcastle was able to circumvent Pelham’s wish for immediate peace in what proved to be a dismal final attempt during 1747–8 to vanquish the French in Flanders and at sea.
It was quite exceptional for an ambitious politician to put himself at the mercy of a large county electorate rather than remain in the safer haven of a small manageable borough. But Sussex was his elder brother’s chief electoral stronghold, and the Duke naturally wished Pelham to have the most prestigious seat he could offer. In 1724 Walpole appointed Pelham Secretary at War with responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the army, while his advancement in 1730 to the paymastership of the forces placed him in overall control of the army’s finances.
Holmes, G. (1967) British Politics in the Age of Anne, London: Macmillan. —— (1973) The Trial of Doctor Sacheverell, London: Eyre Methuen. B. (1957) The Rise of the Pelhams, London: Methuen. Ryder, Sir Dudley (1742) manuscript diary, 2, 3, 9 February 1742. ) Sedgwick, R. ) (1970) The House of Commons 1715–54, vol. 1, London: HMSO. Eveline Cruickshanks Henry Pelham Born c. January 1695, second son of Thomas Pelham MP (created Baron Pelham of Laughton 1706) by his second wife Lady Grace Holles, daughter of Gilbert, third Earl of Clare.
Biographical Dictionary of British Prime Ministers by R. Eccleshall