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John Eardley-Wilmot, FRS

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Son of John Eardley Wilmot, Sir and Sarah Rivett
Husband of Sarah Haslam
Ex-husband of Frances Sainthill
Father of Jemima Arabella Eardley-Wilmot; Fanny Eardley-Wilmot; Selina Elizabeth Eardley-Wilmot; Sir John Eardley Eardley-Wilmot, 1st Baronet, FRS and Sainthill Eardley-Wilmot
Brother of Elizabeth Wilmot and Maria Marowe Wilmot

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About John Eardley-Wilmot, FRS

John Eardley-Wilmot was baptised with the name of John Wilmot.1 On 1812 his name was legally changed to John Eardley-Wilmot by Royal Licence.

John Eardley Wilmot (1748-23 June 1815), was a Member of Parliament.

He was younger son of the chief-justice, Sir John Eardley Wilmot and was born at Derby, in 1748, and received his education at Westminster and Oxford, where he obtained a fellowship of All Souls' College. He, at first, studied under Doctor (afterwards Bishop) William Warburton, for the church; but afterwards, imbibing a partiality for the law, he came to the bar; a step, which his father called, " quitting a bed of roses for a crown ot' thorns." In 1776, about five years after his call, he was returned to parliament for Tiverton, in Devonshire; and, taking part with the opposition, attacked the ministerial party in a pamphlet, denouncing the continuance of war. In 1781, he was appointed a master in Chancery; and, in 1782, was commissioned, in conjunction with others, to inquire into the distribution of the sums destined for the relief of the American loyalists. In the following year, he spoke on the subject in parliament; and, in reply to Mr. Charles James Fox's condemnation of the large sums expended on the American sufferers, declared " he would share with them his last shilling and his last loaf." In 1784, and the parliament which followed in 1790, he sat as member for Coventry, and supported the views of Mr. Pitt during every session. He was particularly hostile to the French revolution; and, by his exertions, obtained the distribution of a fund, under the sanction of parliament, in behalf of the emigrants from that country. In 1804, he retired altogether from public life; and, devoting himself to literary pursuits, published, shortly afterwards, a life of his father, and also of Bishop Hough. Previously to this, he had written A Treatise on the Laws and Customs of England; and, in the year of his death, which occurred in June, 1815, printed An Historical Review of the Commission relative to the American Loyalists. He was a man of the most upright and unimpeachable character, both public and private; and, in the former, was equally distinguished for his learning and eloquence. He was twice married : first, to the only daughter of S. Sainthell, Esq., by whom he had one son, Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, 1st Baronet, and four daughters, who survived him ; and, secondly, in 1793, to Miss Hastam, by whom he had two children, who died in their infancy.

Letter, 28 Feb 1811: Wilmot, John Eardley Eardley-, 1749-1815 (Tottenham, Greater London, England) to Noble, Mark (Reverend), 1754-1827

He hopes his little great work will be nearly ready by the summer, but he has a few genealogical points still to fix and may well have to trouble N. e.g. as to coat of arms of the family of Lanes. He reports his daughter Selina's marriage to the Rev. G. Bryan "for whom we have at last procured the curacy at Hatfield". He has been entertained by the reading of Cox's literary life of Bp. Stilling-fleet.

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