Richard Oliver Esqr. Chosen Alderman of Billinsgate Ward 5 July 1770. Elected Member of Parliament for the City of London 11 July 1770. Sent Prisoner to the Tower 26. March 1771.To The Worth Liveryman of the City of London. Gentlemen, When first I offered myself from the hustings a candidate...I can make for the honour I have received by your trust, and confidence. Fenchurch Street, July 12, 1770, I am, Gentleman, your most obedient and faithful humber Servant, Richard Oliver. [followed by another letter to the Committee appointed by the Common Council of London].
Publish'd according ot the Act of Parliament April 20, 1771. Price Is.
A rare copper engraving. Sheet 385 x 247mm. 15¼ x 9¾".
Richard Oliver (1734?-1784), British politician and statesman. At an early age he was sent to London to work for his uncle, Richard Oliver, a West India merchant. Following this he took up his freedom in the Drapers' Company on 29 June 1770, and was later elected alderman of Billingsgate ward. On March 1771 he became engaged in the famous struggle between the city and the House of Commons and was committed to the Tower by order of the speaker on the 26th of that month. After written pleas to state officials and the City council and application for representation, the end came at the close of the parliamentary session on 8 May when he was released from the Tower. Oliver resigned his gown at the court of aldermen held at Guildhall on 25 November 1778, and shortly afterwards sailed to Antigua in order to look after his West Indian estates. He died on board the Sandwich packet, while returning to England, on 16 April 1784.
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