Year 1765

Calendar for the year.

Jean Grosley's A Tour To London covers 1765

Events in the novels

Early in the year, George III not well. Possible mental problems. (In The Secret Duke)

,An Unlikely Countess opens in Northallerton
An Unlikely Countess ends.
Perry Perriam returns south.
Diana returns south.
Georgia Maybury returns to the world in A Scandalous Countess
September -- opening of Seduction in Silk.

Major real world events of all kinds

March, Stamp Tax brought in to pay for military defence of American Colonies.
April, king ill -- physically and perhaps mentally. Regency crisis
Grosley "the king went to Parl on April 24th.. desired to be authorized to chuse guardians for his son etc."
Regency Act passed in May, but left much acrimony.
May 15th, King assents to the Regency Act.
May 17th, Spittalfields weavers attached Duke of Bedford's house in Bloomsbury Square.
Throughout May silk weavers from Spittalfields were marching for help.
May 25th, Parl prorogued until 11th July
May 29th, Patrick Henry denounced Stamp Tax
May. Silk weavers are rioting against importation of French silk. Other riots in London.

June 4th, King's birthday
"The court made a brilliant appearance in the manufactures of Great Britain. Not a French dress was to be seen. That of the Countess of Northumberland, including jewels etc is said to have cost 150,000 pounds... The illuminations at the house of the Count de Guerchy, the French Ambassador, exceeded anything of the kind.." But a mischievous boy put a stone into a cannon that was to be used ornamentally, and a man's leg was shattered. Fireworks on Tower Hill.
13th June, Thursday, the Board of Longitude met but refused to give Harrison the prize.
July 16th, Grenville out, Marquess of Rockingham PM
25th June, Tuesday, tickets for the lottery arrived at the bank.
July 4th. Proroguing of Parl. extended to September 17th.
Very hot summer. Drought.

Report comes of heavily armed Spanish warships off Hispaniola
English residents of Quebec complain of oppressive conduct.
Trouble between Britain and France in Canada, Fear of a new war.
August, various acts of unrest against the Stamp Act in America
Friday Aug 2 Violent hail storm in Kent. Sandridge?
3rd, by killed by lighting on Hampstead Heath. Further north, corn destroyed, windows broken
Mon 5th, riot in Saxmunden, Suffolk destroyed the Industry House to set the inmates free and oppose the Act of Parliament. Military called in. Some died.
Mon 12th, birthday of Prince of Wales. Nobility attended their majesties at Richmond.
Wed 14th, a tiny mare from the East Indies was presented to P of W at Queen's House.
August 16th, 3:44 pm, eclipse of the sun, of two digits and lasted until 5
Wed 21st, Queen has a boy
August 21st, Prince William born. Weather notably hot.
Wed August 31st Guerchy leaves for France
Last two weeks in August, St Bartholomew's Fair. (Check when it shortened.)
Monday 2 Sept, destruction of the bastions at Dunkirk has begun
Sun 8th, king's wedding anniversary
9th Yorks and Brunswicks land at Harwich
Tues, 10th grand court at Leicester House for Prince and Princess of Brunswick. Later dined with Princess Dowager of Wales at Carleton House.
A gentleman of plentiful fortune who was shortly to have married a young lady of 10,000 pounds, shot himself in the head. Cavendish Square
Wed 11th Sept King prorogues Parl till October 14th
Thur 12th, grand levee at York House, Dk of York. Cumberland present.
Levellers in Northamptonshire -- leveling the fences around enclosed land
Soldiers sent to Newcastle to defend pits from striking miners.
Mon Dukes of York and Gloucester at Tunbridge Wells, ball, racing etc
20th, prince baptized
Fri 29th sept Prince William Henry baptised Grand court event, bonfires and booze for the public
Issues with France and Spain re parts of the peace treaty not fulfilled. Fishing on the Grand Banks, French encroachments on the coast of Africa (raising the native population against the British), Dunkirk, and logwood cutters in Honduras.

Tues oct 1s Tripoli ambassador presented king with manuscripts, animals etc
Thurs 24th Oct, Parl met but was prorogued to December 17th
Fri 25th, anniv of King's accession. Grand court.
26th, many fish dead on sandbanks on Thames because of heat.
28th. fire at Theobald's Court in the Strand. A number of houses burned.

Lord Mayor's Parade
Stamp Act comes into effect

Other Events


Ongoing problems with the Sugar Act and the Currency Act.
There's a large war debt to deal with. Therefore, Stamp Act, Window Tax, Excise Tax, malt tax, cider tax.
Unemployment is high. Trade is suffering.

summer, ministry in chaos largely triggered by the negotiations over the Regency Bill.
Discussion of Regency triggered by king's illness early in the year and puts king at odds with parliament and the government.

September, many visited Paris.

Electricity used to cure a woman made dumb by a shock
The White Boys in Ireland

Book supporting tax.


Jan? Castle of Otranto, Horace Walpole (reviewed in January 1765. Not then known to be by him. Poss. 1767 when it was published under his name.


James Watt steam engine.