Pitt's 'Gallant Conqueror': The Turbulent Life of Lieutenant General William Draper

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I.B.Tauris, Jul 11, 2006 - History - 258 pages
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The capture of Manila from the Spanish in October 1762 caused William Pitt the Elder to refer to the General that commanded it, William Draper, as "Manila's gallant conqueror." Draper became a figure of public controversy after becoming the victim of the political satirist "Junius," and incidentally left a lasting legacy from his involvement with drafting the laws of cricket. Using previously unpublished sources, James Dreaper has produced a groundbreaking new assessment of this powerful military figure, and a fascinating portrait of the times in which he served.
 

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Contents

Steps towards Visibility
11
To India and a Siege
35
Ideas from a Voyage to China
51
The Manila Plan Is Launched
67
Pressures of Wider Events
88
Frustrations
104
A Muted Welcome in England
121
The Last Stages
138
Public and Private Concerns
157
Junius Revisited
180
Domestic Generosities
198
Court Martial
217
Notes
233
Select Bibliography
247
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James Draper read history at Cambridge and spent many years in banking and public affairs.

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