Warren Hastings

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  • Andrew McCann (Dartmouth College )

The names and the careers of Warren Hastings and Edmund Burke are today irrevocably as irrevocably linked as they were in the late eighteenth century. In fact Hastings is as much a figment of Edmund Burke's histrionic oratorical style as he is an historical entity in his own right. Without doubt Burke's parliamentary speeches are the most readily accessible source material we have for Hastings' career, and also the most biased against Hastings. The relationship between the two men entered the public domain most emphatically in 1788 when the House of Lords began impeachment proceedings against Hastings for “high crimes and misdemeanours” in his role as Governor-General of Bengal.

Hastings was born in 1732 in Daylesford, …

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McCann, Andrew. "Warren Hastings". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
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