Perceval successfully defended the commander-in-chief of the army, the Duke of York , against charges of corruption when the Duke's ex-mistress Mary Anne Clarke claimed to have sold army commissions with his knowledge. Although Parliament voted to acquit the Duke of the main charge, his conduct was criticised, and he accepted Perceval's advice to resign. He was re-instated in But Portland was not a strong leader and his health was failing. The country was plunged into political crisis in the summer of as Canning schemed against Castlereagh, and the Duke of Portland resigned following a stroke.
Negotiations began to find a new prime minister: Canning wanted to be either prime minister or nothing, Perceval was prepared to serve under a third person, but not Canning. The remnants of the cabinet decided to invite Lord Grey and Lord Grenville to form "an extended and combined administration"  in which Perceval was hoping for the home secretaryship. But Grenville and Grey refused to enter into negotiations, and the King accepted the Cabinet's recommendation of Perceval for his new prime minister.
Perceval kissed the King's hands on 4 October and set about forming his Cabinet, a task made more difficult by the fact that Castlereagh and Canning had ruled themselves out of consideration by fighting a duel which Perceval had tried to prevent. The new ministry was not expected to last. In the first week of the new Parliamentary session in January the government lost four divisions, one on a motion for an inquiry into the Walcheren Expedition in which, the previous summer, a military force intending to seize Antwerp had instead withdrawn after losing many men to an epidemic on the island of Walcheren off the Dutch coast and three on the composition of the finance committee.
The government survived the inquiry into the Walcheren Expedition at the cost of the resignation of the expedition's leader Lord Chatham. The radical MP Sir Francis Burdett was committed to the Tower of London for having published a letter in William Cobbett's Political Register denouncing the government's exclusion of the press from the inquiry. It took three days, owing to various blunders, to execute the warrant for Burdett's arrest. The mob took to the streets in support of Burdett, troops were called out, and there were fatal casualties.
As Chancellor, Perceval continued to find the funds to finance Wellington 's campaign in the Iberian Peninsula , whilst contracting a lower debt than his predecessors or successors. King George III had celebrated his Golden Jubilee in ; by the following autumn he was showing signs of a return of the illness that had led to the threat of a Regency in The prospect of a Regency was not attractive to Perceval, as the Prince of Wales was known to favour Whigs and disliked Perceval for the part he had played in the "delicate investigation". Twice Parliament was adjourned in November , as doctors gave optimistic reports about the King's chances of a return to health.
As with Pitt's bill in , there would be restrictions: the regent's powers to create peers and award offices and pensions would be restricted for 12 months, the Queen would be responsible for the care of the King, and the King's private property would be looked after by trustees. The Prince of Wales, supported by the Opposition, objected to the restrictions, but Perceval steered the bill through Parliament. Everyone had expected the Regent to change his ministers but, surprisingly, he chose to retain his old enemy Perceval. The official reason given by the Regent was that he did not wish to do anything to aggravate his father's illness.
The King signed the regency bill on 5 February, the Regent took the royal oath the following day and Parliament formally opened for the session. The session was largely taken up with problems in Ireland, economic depression and the bullion controversy in England a bill was passed to make bank notes legal tender , and military operations in the peninsula. The restrictions on the Regency expired in February , the King was still showing no signs of recovery, and the Prince Regent decided, after an unsuccessful attempt to persuade Grey and Grenville to join the government, to retain Perceval and his ministers.
http://4840.ru/components/handy/visus-spionage-iphone-7.php Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley , after intrigues with the Prince Regent, resigned as foreign secretary and was replaced by Castlereagh. The opposition meanwhile was mounting an attack on the Orders in Council, which had caused a crisis in relations with America and were widely blamed for depression and unemployment in England.
Rioting had broken out in the Midlands and North, and been harshly repressed.
Henry Brougham 's motion for a select committee was defeated in the Commons, but, under continuing pressure from manufacturers, the government agreed to set up a Committee of the Whole House to consider the Orders in Council and their impact on trade and manufacture. The committee began its examination of witnesses in early May As he entered the lobby of the House of Commons, a man stepped forward, drew a pistol and shot him in the chest.
Perceval fell to the floor, after uttering something that was variously heard as "murder" and "oh my God". By the time he had been carried into an adjoining room and propped up on a table with his feet on two chairs, he was senseless, although there was still a faint pulse. When a surgeon arrived a few minutes later, the pulse had stopped, and Perceval was declared dead. The assassin, John Bellingham , was a merchant who believed he had been unjustly imprisoned in Russia and was entitled to compensation from the government, but all his petitions had been rejected. That same morning an inquest was held at the Cat and Bagpipes public house on the corner of Downing Street and a verdict of wilful murder was returned.
Perceval left a widow and twelve children aged between three and twenty, and there were soon rumours that he had not left them well provided for. She died aged 74 in At his widow's request, it was a private funeral. The previous day, Bellingham had been tried, and, refusing to enter a plea of insanity, was found guilty.
He was hanged on 18 May. Perceval was a small, slight, and very pale man, who usually dressed in black.
Lord Eldon called him "Little P". Perceval was the last British prime minister to wear a powdered wig tied in a queue , and knee-breeches according to the old-fashioned style of the 18th century. A contemporary MP Henry Grattan , used a naval analogy to describe Perceval: "He is not a ship-of-the-line, but he carries many guns, is tight-built and is out in all weathers". Four biographies have been published: a book on his life and administration by Charles Verulam Williams, which appeared soon after his death; his grandson Spencer Walpole's biography in ; Philip Treherne's short biography in ; Denis Gray's page political biography in Perceval's assassination inspired poems such as Universal sympathy on the martyr'd statesman :.
Such was his private, such his public life, That all who differ'd in polemic strife, Or varied in opinion with his plan, Agreed with one accord to love the man. One of Perceval's most noted critics, especially on the question of Catholic emancipation, was the cleric Sydney Smith. In Peter Plymley's Letters Smith writes:.
If I lived at Hampstead upon stewed meats and claret; if I walked to church every Sunday before eleven young gentlemen of my own begetting, with their faces washed, and their hair pleasingly combed; if the Almighty had blessed me with every earthly comfort—how awfully would I pause before I sent forth the flame and the sword over the cabins of the poor, brave, generous, open-hearted peasants of Ireland!
American historian Henry Adams suggested that it was this picture of Perceval that stayed in the minds of Liberals for a whole generation. Spencer and Jane Perceval had thirteen children, of whom twelve survived to adulthood. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people named Spencer Perceval, see Spencer Perceval disambiguation. This article cites its sources but does not provide page references. You can help to improve it by introducing citations that are more precise. July Learn how and when to remove this template message.
Philp, The French Revolution and British popular politics. Robert Peel. Farnham: Ashgate, Log out of Readcube. His deportment in society was extremely dignified, and he 'preserved all the manners of the vieille cour , with a degree of pedantry, however, in his conversation, especially when he affected levity' Lord Edmond Fitzmaurice , Life of William, Earl of Shelburne , i. Statues were also erected in New York and in Charlestown in acknowledgment of his services in promoting the repeal of the Stamp Act see Magazine of American History , vii. His mind was singularly fertile in resources.
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