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ITS MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT.                     51
Bar in 1728, in 1740 was made Steward of the Court of the King's Palace at Westminster, in 1747 was made a K.C., and at the general election in that year was returned to Parliament for East Grinstead. While still Member he was made a Baron of the Court of Exchequer, and a new writ was issued for the Borough in consequence on January 17th, 1750. The new judge was knighted before the year closed and became Lord Chief Baron on October 28th, 1772, but resigned three years later in consequence of infirmities, and died on November 2nd, 1778. His wife was a daughter of Sir Charles Farnaby, and they both took very great interest in the Evangelical movement.
1750, Jan. 22nd. The Hon. Joseph Yorke.
The Hon. Joseph Yorke was the third son of the first Earl of Hardwicke, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain. He was elected for East Grinstead when about 25 years of age, was afterwards knighted, rose to high rank in the army and was aide-de-camp to H.R.H. the Duke of Cumberland at the battle of Fontenoy. He was elevated to the peerage as Baron Dover, from which town the family emanated, on September 18th, 1788, but he married very late in life, and having no family the title died with him.
1754, April 19th. The Hon. Joseph Yorke and Sir Whistler Webster,
Bart. 1761, March 31st. Charles Sackville, Earl of Middlesex, and Lord
George Sackville.
The Earl of Middlesex became Duke of Dorset while still a Member, and on his going to the House of Lords a new writ was issued in December, 1765. The latter Member was also returned for Hythe, for which con­stituency he elected to sit, and a new writ was issued for East Grinstead December 1st, 1761.
1761, Dec. 8th. Sir Thomas Hales, Bart.
Sir Thomas belonged to Bekesbourne, in Kent. He died the following year and a new writ was issued, November 25th, 1762.
1762, Nov. 30th. John Irwine.
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