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50                      HISTORY OF EAST GRINSTEAD.
of Exchequer in Ireland. When Charles II. died the post was renewed to him and his son for their lives, and as it was worth 2,000 a year it was a very snug position for an "infant." On March 12th, 1722, he was raised to the peerage of Ireland as Baron Temple and Viscount Palmerston. He sat in the English House of Commons from 1727 to 1731 and died at Chelsea on June 10th, 1757.
1734, April 26th. Charles Sackville, Earl of Middlesex, and Edward Conyers.
The Earl of Middlesex was Governor of Walmer Castle, and afterwards became the second Duke of Dorset. He was for a long time Master of the Horse to Frederick, Prince of Wales.
1741, May 5th. The Earl of Middlesex and Whistler Webster.
The Earl of Middlesex accepted office in the following January as Steward of His Majesty's Honour of Otford, Kent, and thus vacated the seat. Whistler Webster afterwards became Sir Whistler Webster, Bart., of Battle Abbey. He married Miss Nairne, daughter of the Dean of Battle and a relative of Mr. Charles Nairne Hastie, of Place Land, East Grinstead, who used sometimes to stay at Battle Abbey and knew Isaac Ingall, the old butler, who died there in 1798 (as appears from the Court Rolls of the Manor of Battel) at the remarkable age of 120 years. There are many people who can remember Mr. C. N. Hastie, and it thus follows that they knew one who often conversed with a man born in 1678, so that the record of three such lives covers a period of no less than 12 reigns in English history. The Websters were formerly considerable owners of property in East Grin-stead. Among their possessions were the Crown Inn, the Chequer Mead, the Friday Mead, the Hipps Mead, part of the Middle Row (originally built on the Lord's waste) and some half-dozen burgages, all of which were purchased of Sir Godfrey Webster, by Lord George Sackville.
1741-2, Jan. 23rd. John Butler.
1747, July 1st. Whistler Webster and Sir Sidney Stafford Smythe.
The latter Member is said to have been " The ugliest man of his day." He was born in 1705, was called to the
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