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ITS MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT.                      57
deposit the required security, so the petition was dis­charged 15 days after presentation.
Mr. Ellis, who afterwards became the first Lord Seaford, was a member of a wealthy West Indian family. He was born in 1771, and first entered Parliament when only 22, being returned for Heytesbury. His wife was the daughter and heiress of Lord Hervey and on July 8th, 1803, their son succeeded his great-grandfather, on the maternal side, in the Barony of Howard de Walden. Mr. Ellis was a strong supporter and friend of Canning's and was the acknowledged head of the West Indian interest. For some years he represented Seaford, but lost his seat for that town in 1806, and the following year was returned for East Grinstead. In 1826 Canning nominated him for a peerage and he was created Lord Seaford on July 16th. He died July 1st, 1845.
1812, Jan. 11th. Richard Wellesley, of Grosvenor Square, London.
This Member accepted the Chiltern Hundreds during the following year, and a new writ was issued March 3rd, 1812.
1812, March 9th. George AVilliam Gunning, of Horton, North­ampton.
Mr. Gunning was the only son of Sir Robert Gunning, who was made a Baronet after serving as Minister-Plenipotentiary at the Courts of Denmark, Prussia and Russia. The Member for East Grinstead, who had also represented the Boroughs of Hastings and Wigan, succeeded to the baronetcy on September 22nd, 1816, and died on April 7th, 1823. He only sat for East Grinstead three months on this occasion, accepting the Chiltern Hundreds on June 1st, 1812.
1812, June 8th. Nicholas Vansittart, of Great George Street, Westminster.
This Member was a son of one of the Directors of the old East India Company and was born in 1766. When 30 years of age he was elected M.P. for Hastings, and early in 1801 was sent as Minister-Plenipotentiary to Copenhagen with a view of detaching that power from
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