Pitt's 'Gallant Conqueror': The Turbulent Life of Lieutenant General William Draper
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 Using previously unpublished sources, James Dreaper has produced a groundbreaking new assessment of this powerful military figure, and a fascinating portrait of the times in which he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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Steps towards Visibility
To India and a Siege
Ideas from a Voyage to China
The Manila Plan Is Launched
Pressures of Wider Events
A Muted Welcome in England
The Last Stages
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