The Private Life of William Pitt (1759-1806)
Historical musings on the Man behind the Politician
27 January 2016
Reverend Wilson's Seminary at Cheam School, Surrey
A c. 1780s pen and wash sketch (unknown artist) of Cheam School in Surrey A late 18th century sketch of Cheam School in Surrey records...
21 December 2015
A (belated) 1774 Merry-Christmas message from William Pitt
William Pitt was not known for writing letters on time. Although not a regular correspondent, his letters are delightful, amusing, and self-...
9 October 2015
'A Captivated Sailor': James Charles Pitt's childhood love poem
At the age of ten, James Charles Pitt (1761-1780), the youngest son of the Earl of Chatham, addressed a love poem to Lady Elizabeth Pratt (c...
28 August 2015
Why was Pitt down in late August 1804?
Pitt's second ministry had begun in May 1804 under inauspicious circumstances. Britain was at war again with the Emperor Napoleon, and...
3 June 2015
Pitt's last prescription
Mr. Edwards, Surgeon at Putney It appears William Pitt's last prescription was written out on January 21, 1806 - two days before...
4 March 2015
Sir John Soane's work for Edward James Eliot
Sir John Soane (1753-1837) by Samuel Drummond (1812) In a previous post, I touched upon Sir John Soane's work with Edward James ...
12 February 2015
Lady Hester Stanhope's friendship with William Dacres Adams
The friendship between Pitt's niece Lady Hester Stanhope and Pitt's last private secretary William Dacres Adams continued long afte...
9 February 2015
'The irregular hours of unfettered bachelordom': R. Guest Gornall on Pitt's health
William Pitt by W.H. Brown In November 1957, R. Guest Gornall published an article in The Practitioner, Vol. 179 on the health of Wil...
8 February 2015
William Pitt's association with Lincolns Inn
The admissions register at Lincolns Inn Library shows that William Pitt, the second son of the Right Hon. William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, wa...
3 February 2015
Remember William Pitt at Walmer Castle on the 200th Anniversary of Waterloo
Detail of the original covering on William Pitt's chairs at Walmer Castle Most of the buildings once associated with William Pitt...
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