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58                      HISTORY OF EAST GRINSTEAD.
the northern alliance, but his mission was a failure. On
returning to England he was made Joint Secretary to
the Treasury, three years later became Chief Secretary
of Ireland and, after a while, again went back to the
Treasury. In 1812 Lord Liverpool wanted a successor
to Spencer Percival as Chancellor of the Exchequer, so
Mr. Gunning resigned his seat for East Grinstead. Mr.
Vansittart was elected in his stead and four days after
his return for this Borough was appointed to the office
named. During his tenure of it he carried through a
conversion of the National Debt and the consolidation of
the English and Irish Exchequers. He held the office for
about eleven years and, on his resignation early in 1823,
was raised to the Peerage by the title of Baron Bexley,
a title which died with him. He continued to hold a
seat in the Cabinet as Chancellor of the Duchy of
Lancaster until 1828. Lord Bexley occupied a very
conspicuous position in the religious world. The late
Mrs. 0. A. Smith, of Hammerwood, East Grinstead, was
related to this statesman.
1812, Oct. 8th. George William Gunning and James Stephen, of Great Ormond Street, London.
Stephen accepted the Chiltern Hundreds and a new writ was issued April 4th, 1815.
1815, April 14th. Sir George Johnston Hope, K.C.B.
Sir George was appointed a Rear-Admiral in the British Navy on August 1st, 1811, and subsequently became one of the Lords of the Admiralty. He died in 1818 and a new writ for East Grinstead was issued on May 4th.
1818, May 13th. The Et. Hon. Charles Gordon, Lord Strathaven.
Charles, Lord Strathaven, who became 10th Marquess of Huntly, was the son and heir of George Gordon, 5th Earl of Aboyne, by his wife Catherine Anne, younger daughter and co-heir of Sir Charles Cope, 2nd Baronet, of Brewerne. He was born January 4th, 1792, and suc­ceeded his father, who, in 1836, on the death of the last Duke of Gordon, had become 9th Marquess of Huntly, on June 17th, 1853. He married, firstly, Lady Elizabeth Conyngham, and, secondly, Maria Antoinette, daughter of
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