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Orientalist JonesSir William Jones, Poet, Lawyer, and Linguist, 1746-1794$
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Michael J. Franklin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532001

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532001.001.0001

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Impressive Patrons and Impressing Mariners

Impressive Patrons and Impressing Mariners

(p.124) 4 Impressive Patrons and Impressing Mariners
Orientalist Jones

Michael J. Franklin

Oxford University Press

This chapter displays Jones negotiating the intricate network of patronage systems. Jones passionately desired to prove the illegality of naval press-warrants to the irritation of Lord Sandwich, first lord of the Admiralty. This mattered because of Sandwich's powerful voting interests at India House. Jones's appointment to a Bengal judgeship might depend on Sandwich's support. This clash of prospects versus principles was complicated by the fact that the issue of impressment brought Jones politically closer to Sandwich's sometime fellow Hell Fire Club member – now bitter enemy – the radical John Wilkes. Politics and ambition trapped libertarian Jones between two dynamic libertines: Admiralty Sandwich and Liberty Wilkes. The complexities of Jones's social, professional, and political life are explored through the causes he argued at the King's Bench, his friendship with Johnson and his ‘Club’, Lady Craven, General ‘nabob’ Smith, and influential Americans in London and Paris, such as Franklin, Lee, and Laurens.

Keywords:   impressment, Sandwich, Wilkes, slavery, Benjamin Franklin, Arthur Lee, nabobs, East India Company, Richard Smith, King's Bench

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