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F.P. Lock

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226634

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226634.001.0001

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Journalist and Jackal, 1758–1765

Journalist and Jackal, 1758–1765

(p.165) 6 Journalist and Jackal, 1758–1765
Edmund Burke, Volume I

F.P. Lock

Oxford University Press

By 1758, Edmund was an established author. Publication of his ‘History’ would have consolidated his reputation. Instead, his time and energies were diverted as, faced with the need to support a family, he turned to journalism. He engaged himself as informal secretary to William Gerard Hamilton, a rising politician. The connection proved, in the long run, frustrating and unhappy. For about six years, he was tied to two taskmasters, Hamilton and the Annual Register. Burke's early connections were chiefly literary rather than political. This hampered the search for a career that would enable him to drop such a dull duty as editing the Annual Register. In 1765, Burke was propelled into Parliament by another chance. Will had been promised a seat in Parliament by Lord Verney. By generously waiving this claim in his friend's favour, Will indirectly launched him on his great career.

Keywords:   Hamilton, Annual Register, History, editor, Parliament, Verney

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